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Medical Specialty List Criteria

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Policy

Section 10 of the Medical Practitioners Regulations states:

The Registrar must maintain a list of members whose names appear on a register and who qualify to be recognized as a medical specialist in accordance with criteria approved by Council, in categories of medical specialty established by Council. 

The purpose of this policy is to set out, as required, the criteria for College recognition as a medical specialist.

  1. Physicians who have been granted the following certifications will be recognized as specialists on the Medical Specialists List of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia:
    Issuing body Certification 
    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada FRCPC, FRCSC
    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Valid eligibility for Royal College certification exam certification process (including PER)
    College of Family Physicians of Canada CCFP
    College of Family Physicians of Canada CCFP-EM
    Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) CSPQ
    Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties American Board Diploma (must have the same number years of training as required by the Royal College Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for that specialty)
    General Medical Council CCST, CCT-
    Certification and training from a jurisdiction accepted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Jurisdictions Accepted by the Royal College (must have the same number of years of training as required by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for that specialty)
  2. A physician who has been granted international specialist certification and has been granted a Defined licence as the result of satisfactorily completing an approved practice ready assessment may be recognized as a specialist on the medical specialties list.
  3. A physician not otherwise recognized as a specialist by this policy who holds a faculty appointment with the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine at the level of Assistant Professor or higher and who has been recommended for an Academic Licence by the Dean of Medicine, Dalhousie University may be recognized as a specialist on the medical specialist list.
  4. A physician who has been granted a licence in Nova Scotia by way of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, Chapter 7 and who has held specialty status in their province or territory of origin may be recognized as a specialist on the medical specialties list.

Applicable Legislation

Section 10 of the Medical Practitioners Regulations pursuant to the Medical Act of 2011

Approved By

Registration Committee, Council

Approval Date

April 6, 2018

May 25, 2018

Review Date

April 2020