A Defined Licence may be issued to a physician who has not completed all of the qualifications necessary for full licensure. Qualifications required for a Nova Scotia medical licence reflect the current national standards to practice medicine in Canada.
When applying for a defined licence the following requirements are reviewed and approved by the College:
- a medical degree;
- postgraduate training appropriate for the practice;
- professional eligibility examinations;
- English language proficiency (PDF) requirements;
- requirements for licensure as set out in College policies:
- a Sponsor and Supervisor approved by the College;
- legally able to work in Canada; and
- comply with any requirements considered necessary by the College in order to meet the provincial standards for the practice of medicine.
For more information on defined licensing, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Nova Scotia, the Medical Act & Regulations requires that a defined licensee be overseen by both a Supervisor and a Sponsor for the duration of this licence.
The goal of supervision is to evaluate and support the defined licenced physician as they work towards full licensure.
- Defined Licence Supervision Overview
- Defined Licence Supervision FAQs
- Approval of Supervisors for Defined Licence Physicians
- Sponsor-Only Oversight of a Defined Licence Physician
- Supervision Levels for Defined Licensees
For more information on supervision, please contact: email@example.com
Practice Readiness Assessment for Internationally Trained Physicians
The National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) is a group of provincial and national organizations which came together to develop a pan-Canadian assessment standard for international medical graduates (IMGs) seeking a licence to practise medicine in Canada. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia participated in this collaboration. Read more