Newfoundland and Labrador

Updated August 15, 2017

General Information

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 College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (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.

Please carefully review the program specific criteria as well as the provincial criteria listed below. It is important to note that individual residency programs may have additional specific criteria that are used to review applications.

A Canadian Medical Graduate or U.S. Medical Graduate (CMG/USMG) is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). From here on in this will be referred to as the “CMG stream”.

An International Medical Graduate (IMG) is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school that is not accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). From here on in this will be referred to as the “IMG stream”.

R-1 First Iteration

There may be two parallel streams – CMG and IMG – with designated positions for each stream. There will be no crossovers or transfers between the two streams.

Eligibility

  • Applicants who do not have prior postgraduate residency training in Canada or the U.S are eligible for the first iteration.
  • Applicants on student visas are not eligible for admission to residency training programs at Memorial University.
  • All CMGs/USMGs/IMGs who have previous post-graduate training in the U.S. or Canada which would be creditable for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada certification are not eligible for the first iteration.
  • For the 2018 PGY 1 Match, Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine and the CPSNL have agreed that 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.

Additional Eligibility Information for USMGs:

–           Graduates of LCME/CACMS accredited schools are eligible to apply.

–           Graduates from osteopathic medical schools are not eligible to apply.

Additional Eligibility Information for IMGs:

Required Documents for ALL applicants (CMG/USMG/IMG)

Any delays in providing all required documentation, by the appropriate deadline, may result in delays in obtaining educational registration and commencing postgraduate training.

Canadian Citizenship:

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)

Proof of Medical Diploma (MD):

  • A copy of your medical school marks/transcripts.
  • A copy of your medical degree/diploma.
  • Students applying in the last year of medical school will need to submit their most recent marks/transcripts, and will need to provide proof of their MD to the CPSNL prior to the start of residency training.

Other Documents:

  • A copy of the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) certificate.
  • Current passport sized photograph.
  • The CPSNL’s application form must be completed and applicable fees paid.
  • If an applicant has previously completed postgraduate training, or held licensure/registration in another jurisdiction outside of Newfoundland and Labrador, 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.

Additional Document Information for IMGs:

  • All IMGs, or CMGs with international postgraduate training, are required to submit their medical credentials to physiciansapply.ca 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.
  • IMGs must have satisfactorily completed a minimum 8-week rotation in each of the core rotations of medicine and surgery, and a minimum 6-week rotation in obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics and psychiatry during their clerkship (4-week core clerkship rotations will not be accepted). The rotations must be completed in accredited teaching hospitals within the final two years of medical school. All IMGs are required to complete the Core Clinical Clerkship form on the CaRMS website and submit the form with their CaRMS application. Applications received without this form attached will NOT be reviewed.

NOTE: Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized/certified translation.

Examinations

All licensing exams are administered by the Medical Council of Canada; any clarification or questions should be directed to the MCC. Please visit http://mcc.ca/  for more information. The following is a list of exams that can be completed by applicants. Results, for any exams completed, must be included by the application deadline.

CMG:

  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam 1 (MCCQE1)
  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam 2 (MCCQE2)

USMG:

  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam 1 (MCCQE1)
  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam 2 (MCCQE2)

IMG:

  • Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE)*
  • National Assessment Collaboration (NAC)*
  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam 1 (MCCQE1)
  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam 2 (MCCQE2)

*These exams must be completed, and results submitted, by the application deadline.

Additional Examination Information for IMGs:

  • IMGs must have written and passed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) within five years prior to commencing residency to be considered for the first iteration match.

 

  • Statement of results and Supplemental feedback report are required by the application deadline for upcoming 2018 CaRMS match.

Language Requirements

CMG/USMG:

  • If you graduated from an English medical school in Canada or the US, you are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency.

IMG:

Language Proficiency:

  • 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:
Anguilla New Zealand
Antigua and Barbuda St. Kitts and Nevis
Australia St. Lucia
Bahamas St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Barbados Singapore
Bermuda South Africa
Canada Trinidad and Tobago
Dominica Virgin Islands (U.K.)
Grenada Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Ireland United Kingdom
Jamaica United States of America
    • 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 exempted from the language testing provisions of this policy.

     

    • 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 achieved a minimum score of 0in 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 NOTacceptable to the CPSNL.

    Return in Service

    CMG/USMG:

    –       No return in service (RIS) is required in the first iteration.

    IMG:

    In the 2018 CaRMS Match, if IMG Stream residency positions are available, these positions will require RIS commitments in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    –     In the first iteration of the CaRMS Match, these positions will be available to IMGs only.

    –     In the second iteration of the CaRMS Match, both IMGs and CMGs will be eligible to apply for these positions. Those individuals (IMG or CMG) who are matched through CaRMS to residency positions associated with RIS commitments will be required to sign a contract for RIS to an “area of need” within the province.

    –     The RIS contract that will be employed has been developed jointly by the four Atlantic Provinces and incorporates a length of return of service equal to the number of years the physician spent in his/her residency training program.

    –     Where the physician does not complete any RIS as required, the physician must refund the total amount paid by the Minister, together with interest; or

    Where the physician completes only part of RIS obligation, the physician must, within thirty (30) days, refund a pro rata portion of the total amount paid by the Minister calculated at a rate of $5,000 per month for the portion of the RIS not fulfilled, together with interest.

    –     In the case of any default by the physician, interest on the amount to be refunded by the physician to the Minister will be calculated retroactively from the date the money was advanced on the Physician’s behalf, and shall be set at a rate of the current prime rate posted on the Bank of Canada website, plus 2%, to be compounded on the outstanding balance as of the end of each month.

    –     In cases where a resident is unable to complete his/her residency due to a fault not attributable to him/herself, the sponsor will be granted discretion to determine whether the resident will be required to repay monies to the sponsor. This discretion will also be afforded to the sponsor in cases where the resident is unable to complete the residency due to a fault attributable to him/herself during the first three months of the program.

    –     If the sponsor determines that there are no “areas of need” for the specialty within the province at the time of graduation, the repayment requirement may be waived by the sponsor if an acceptable position is found within another Atlantic province. If no suitable position can be found for the physician within the Atlantic Provinces, the physician will be relieved from repayment.

    For further information concerning return in service, contact:

    Mr. Daniel Fitzgerald
    Provincial Physician Recruitment
    Physician Services Division, Department of Health & Community Services
    Belvedere Site, P.O. Box 8700,
    St. John’s, NL   A1B 4J6
    Tel: (709) 729-4029
    Email: danielfitzgerald@gov.nl.ca

     

    Pre-residency Orientation Programs

    Orientations will be scheduled prior to July 1.

    Assessment Verification Period

    N/A

    R-1 Second Iteration

    All positions unfilled after the first iteration will be competitive and open to all eligible candidates in the second iteration.

    Additional Newfoundland and Labrador Information

    • Individuals matched through the IMG Stream (1st and 2nd Iteration) are not eligible to transfer to another training program.

     

    • If an applicant’s name has changed following graduation from medical school, notarized documents such as a marriage certificate, divorce certificate or an official name change document will be required; if successfully matched.

     

    • Candidates must provide their Medical Identification Number for Canada (MINC) Consent Form.

     

    • 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.

     

    • It should be noted that the CPSNL will screen applications at the request of the Postgraduate Medical Education Office only. Individuals are therefore advised not to contact the CPSNL for an opinion or assessment regarding their eligibility for the Educational Register. All screening and assessment of applicant files will take place during the designated time in the selection cycle, through consultation between the respective discipline, the Postgraduate Medical Education Office and the CPSNL.

     

    • 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.