Newfoundland and Labrador

Updated August 4, 2017

CaRMS – Newfoundland Provincial Criteria

Eligibility criteria for the FM/EM Match

To participate in College of Family Physicians of Canada Emergency Medicine Residency Program CFPC(EM), you must be a Canadian citizen or hold a valid Canadian permanent resident card. (

Provincial criteria

Each province has criteria that must be met by applicants applying for positions within that province. Eligibility requirements differ from province to province, so you should carefully review the criteria below when preparing to apply to programs.

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Provincial Terms and Conditions

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador requires all applicants to submit, as proof of citizenship/permanent residency, a notarized/certified copy of their Canadian Passport (showing Canadian citizenship) in addition to one of the following documents:

  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  • Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)

Applicants must currently be registered in their second year of the CFPC training program, have already obtained CCFP certification, or are eligible to write the CFPC examination.


It should be noted that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (CPSNL) will screen applications at the request of Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) only. Individuals are therefore advised not to contact the CPSNL for an opinion or assessment regarding their eligibility for the Educational Register.

Individuals who are considering the liquidation of major personal assets as part of a move to Newfoundland, affiliated with a residency position, are cautioned that final acceptance to our program is contingent on clearance from the CPSNL.

Other than the proof of citizenship/permanent residency, notarized/certified documents are not required for the application process; however, if you are accepted, you will be required to provide the original or notarized/certified documents.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador Educational Registration

All applicants matched to the postgraduate medical education programs at Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine must meet the requirements for educational registration with the CPSNL prior to entering the program. The CPSNL’s Medical Act and Regulations, and registration requirements, are subject to amendment from time to time. The CPSNL takes no responsibility for updating applicants on any amendments to registration requirements.

The following are the Educational Registration requirements of the CPSNL and PGME office, and required documents:

  • The CPSNL’s application form must be completed and applicable fees paid.
  • A copy of the applicant’s medical degree.
  • Current passport sized photograph.
  • A copy of the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) certificate.
  • Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Check – Applicants for registration in Newfoundland and Labrador are required to provide the CPSNL with a criminal record check and vulnerable sector check. Applicants must contact their local police service to arrange for these checks and for the completed checks to be sent to the CPSNL. The CPSNL does not cover any costs associated with these checks. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in an incomplete application. Both documents must be received at the CPSNL before a resident will be permitted to commence training.
  • Medical Identification Number for Canada (MINC) Consent Form.
  • If an applicant’s name has changed following graduation from medical school, notarized documents such as a marriage certificate, divorce certificate or official name change document will be required.
  • Applicants must have graduated from a school or Faculty of Medicine recognized by the World Directory of Medical Schools.
  • IMGs must have a passing score in the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Evaluating Exam and must have written this exam no more than 5 years immediately before the date of commencing residency. Please refer to the MCC website at Applicants are required to provide a copy of the results as well as the supplemental feedback report. All other applicants are required to provide a copy of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Part I or II examination results and supplemental feedback report.
  • In order to be granted educational registration by the CPSNL, applicants must also provide proof of proficiency in the English language. Applicants are exempt from language proficiency testing if their medical education and patient care experience was in one of the countries that has English as a first language.

The CPSNL recognizes the following countries and dependencies as having English as the first language:


Antigua and Barbuda










New Zealand

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Vincent and the Grenadines


South Africa

Trinidad and Tobago

United Kingdom

United States of America

Virgin Islands (United Kingdom)

Virgin Islands (United States)

Although the first and native language of Saba is not officially English, the language of undergraduate medical education at Saba University School of Medicine is English and patient care experiences during the clinical portion of the undergraduate curriculum are in English. Thus, graduates of Saba University School of Medicine are exempt from the language testing provisions.

All other applicants must have taken the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), within 24 MONTHS PRIOR TO COMMENCING RESIDENCY, and have achieved a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the components.

No exceptions are permitted by PGME at Memorial University.

If an individual completed their medical studies in an international medical school in English, but the first language of that country is not English, they are required to provide satisfactory completion of language proficiency testing. A Deans’ letter, attesting to the language of instruction as being in English, is NOT acceptable to the CPSNL.

  • Applicants who have been away from medical school, postgraduate training, or active, clinical practice for greater than two years will not be considered for educational registration. Observing, volunteering, clinical assisting, job shadowing, pursuing academic studies (nursing studies, doctorates, masters, degrees, diplomas, certificates, etc.) are NOT recognized as active practice or training. All gaps or breaks in practice or training of two continuous months or more must be explained on the Declaration of Interruptions
  • Training/educational experiences completed by individuals under an IMG assessment program or a clinical trainee program are NOT recognized as active clinical practice or training.
  • If an applicant has previously completed postgraduate training, or held licensure/registration in another jurisdiction outside of Newfoundland, the CPSNL will require additional information, including Certificates of Professional Conduct from all jurisdictions.
  • Current year graduates will require a reference letter from the Dean (MSPR) of their school or Faculty of Medicine. Prior year graduates will require three reference letters which will be determined based on the assessment of their application form.
  • ​All IMGs, or CMGs with international postgraduate training, are required to submit their medical credentials to for verification. Current year graduates must submit their medical degree and medical school transcript for source verification. Prior year graduates must submit their medical degree, medical school transcript, all postgraduate training and specialty certificates and registrations for verification. This process can take several weeks/months to complete. Individuals are therefore urged to take care of this matter IMMEDIATELY following notification of a successful match.