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Nova Scotia is First to Permit Applicants for PGT Practising Licensure from All Provinces

In consultation with stakeholders, such as the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine, the College’s policy regarding external moonlighting licensure granted to postgraduate trainees now aligns with the Royal College’s CanMEDS competencies framework. The College’s policy regarding Postgraduate Practising Licences for External Moonlighting aims to ensure postgraduate trainees practice “within a scope for which they are appropriately trained, competent and current in practice.”

The new policy aligns with the training received by postgraduate trainees which focuses on competency by design as provided for in the CanMEDS competencies framework. This policy now allows postgraduate trainees from any province in Canada to apply for a Postgraduate External Moonlighting licence in Nova Scotia.


What are postgraduate medical trainees?

You are a postgraduate medical trainee if you are a physician enrolled in a program recognized by either the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or The College of Family Physicians of Canada AND you are working to fulfill the requirements for one of the following:

  • primary discipline certification
  • certification of special competence
  • a program designated as accreditation without certification

As a postgraduate trainee, you may hold a certificate of registration for postgraduate education (postgraduate training licence) or a certificate of registration authorizing independent practice (postgraduate practicing licence).

To obtain a postgraduate medical trainee licence in Nova Scotia, you must be registered with the Dalhousie University Postgraduate Medical Education Office or a PGME office in another Canadian jurisdiction.

To find out more about how to apply for a postgraduate training licence, click on the links below: