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Certification and Licensing Qualifications Required to Obtain a Defined Licence

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Preamble

A Defined licence is a time-limited conditional licence, intended to give physicians the opportunity to practise medicine while pursuing the necessary qualifications for Full or Restricted licensure.

A Full licence may be granted to physicians holding the following:

  1. a Medical Degree from a school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools;
  2. the LMCC1or an acceptable alternative to the LMCC; and
  3. certification* by the RCPSC2 or the CFPC3

A Restricted licence may be issued to a physicians holding a Defined licence if they have the following:

  1. a Medical Degree from a school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools;
  2. the LMCC1 or an acceptable alternative to the LMCC; and
  3. a satisfactory Comprehensive Clinical Assessment of Practice

Purpose

This policy describes the minimum certification and licensing qualifications required to obtain a Defined licence in Nova Scotia.

Scope

This policy applies to candidates applying for licensure in Nova Scotia who do not yet have the necessary qualifications for a Full licence.

*Eligibility for certification is granted at the discretion of the respective certifying colleges including by way of a practice ready assessment. Refer to the RCSPC or CFPC for guidance on certification eligibility. The College cannot waive any criteria mandated by the respective certifying colleges.

Policy

In addition to meeting criteria as set out in Section 39-45 of the Medical Regulations, the Registrar may grant a Defined licence to a physician who:

  • Holds certification from either the RCPSC2or the CFPC3 and has not yet obtained the LMCC1 or an acceptable alternative; or
  • Holds the LMCC1 or an acceptable alternative and does not yet hold certification from either the RCPSC2 or the CFPC3, but is officially eligible* to challenge the certification examinations; or
  • Has not yet obtained the LMCC1 or an acceptable alternative and does not yet hold certification from either the RCPSC2 or the CFPC3, but is officially eligible to challenge the licensing and certification examinations.

Minimum Medical Council of Canada licensing Examination Requirements for a Defined licence 

If you do not hold the LMCC and you are not eligible for the acceptable alternative to the LMCC, you are required to successfully complete either the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) or the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I (MCCQE I).

EXCEPTIONS may be granted under the following two circumstances:

  1. Where the applicant is enrolled in a formal clinical fellowship program acceptable to the College. This exemption will be in effect only for the duration of the Fellowship and permits the licence holder to practice only within the confines of the Fellowship. Refer to policy “Defined Licence – Fellowship”.
  2. Where the applicant will be licensed in Nova Scotia with academic standing. Refer to policy “Academic Standing for Licensure”.

1.Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC). The LMCC is granted when a physician successfully completes the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying examinations part I and II (MCCQE I and II).

2. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

3. College of Family Physicians of Canada

 

Applicable Legislation
Section 39 – 45 of the Medical Practitioner Regulations

Approved by
Registration Committee
Council

Approval Dates
March 10, 2020
March 27, 2020

Review Date
April 2021