Clinical Assistant Licence
Clinical assistants are registrants under the Conditional Register with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (College). The application criteria and permitted activities for Clinical Assistants are laid out in sections 49-54 of the Medical Practitioners Regulations1.
Clinical Assistants are never the most responsible physician (MRP) but may engage in designated aspects of the practice of medicine in the role of a physician extender within an approved physician extender program2.
This policy describes the eligibility criteria and application process for a Clinical Assistant licence.
This policy applies to all candidates applying for a Clinical Assistant licence.
All candidates for Clinical Assistant positions must have their credentials assessed and approved by the Registration Department of the College prior to accepting a job offer. All Clinical Assistants must practise within a College-approved physician extender program.
All candidates must:
- meet the criteria for a Clinical Assistant licence as set out in Section 49 of the Medical Practitioners Regulations; and
- have acquired two years of postgraduate training and one year of licensed, independent, unsupervised practice experience or one year of postgraduate training and two years of licensed, indepdent, unsupervised practice experience; and
- be a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC)3 or have an acceptable alternative to the LMCC4; and
- must have practised medicine independently and unsupervised, and/or acquired postgraduate training, within the last five years.
2. Practice experience
To be considered current in clinical practice, a physician must have engaged in independent, unsupervised medical practice for at least 450 hours within the last five years, to the proposed practice start date as a Clinical Assistant in Nova Scotia.
Candidates must not have been out of independent practice for more than five years.
- Practice experience as a Clinical Assistant in another Canadian jurisdiction where such a program exists and is sanctioned by the provincial or territorial medical regulatory authority may be considered in lieu of independent, unsupervised practice for determination of currency at the discretion of the Registrar; or
- Verifiable postgraduate training may be considered in lieu of independent, unsupervised practice for determination of currency at the discretion of the Registrar.
- Medical Practitioners Regulations
- Physician Extender Programs
- Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada
- Acceptable Alternatives to the LMCC
|Applicable Legislation:||Section 49-54 of the Medical Practitioners Regulations|
|Approved by:||Registration Policy Committee & Council|
|Approval Date(s):||April 13, 2023 & May 26, 2023|
|Review Date:||April 2026|