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Medical Specialty List Criteria

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Purpose

This policy sets out the criteria that a physician must meet in order to be recognized as a specialist by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

Scope

This policy applies to individuals who have met the criteria for registration and have been issued a licence to practice medicine in Nova Scotia.

Under this policy the College will recognize specialty titles only in areas for which specialties and subspecialties are granted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) or the College des medicins du Quebec (CMQ).

Physicians may complete additional training through the RCPSC and obtain an area of focused competence Diploma (DRCPSC) or the CFPC to obtain a Certificate of Added Competence (CAC). These additional training diplomas/certificates do not meet the RCPSC or CFPC criteria for a specialty, foundation program or subspecialty. The College will recognize and record this information on a physician’s record, but will not recognize these credentials for the purposes of specialist designation.

Policy

A physician must not identify themselves as a specialist unless they have been granted specialty recognition by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. A physician who meets any of the following criteria will be recognized as a specialist:

1. Physicians who have been granted the following certifications may be recognized as specialists on the Medical Specialties 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 RCPSC certification exam or certification process (including PER)
College of Family Physicians of Canada CCFP, CCFP-EM
College of Family Physicians of Canada Valid eligibility for the CFPC exam or certification process (including PER and reciprocity)
Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) CSPQ

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 specialties 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.

5. A physician not otherwise recognized as a specialist by this policy who has been granted specialty certification by the American Board of Medical Specialties and holds the same number of years of training as required by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for that specialty may be recognized as a specialist on the medical specialties list.

This policy is effective as of March 27, 2020. Physicians licensed before March 27, 2020 will be held to the general and specific policies and language in place upon their initial licensure.

Applicable Legislation

Section 10 of the Medical Practitioners Regulations

Approved By

Registration Policy Committee, Council

Approval Date

March 10, 2020
March 27, 2020

Review Date

April 2021