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Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI

Updated October 11, 2017

Dalhousie University

Admission to Dalhousie University Postgraduate Medicine R-1 (PGY1) positions is conducted through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). The first iteration of the CaRMS match will include two parallel streams. You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada at the time of application to apply to either stream. The definition of a Permanent Resident is a Canadian immigrant who has permanent resident status in Canada but is not yet a Canadian citizen.

One stream will be for Canadian Medical School graduates without previous post-MD/clinical training.

Dalhousie offers a second stream in CaRMS that is open to Graduates of Non-LCME/CACMS-Accredited Medical Schools including graduates of US Schools of Osteopathic Medicine (GNLCAMS) without previous Canadian post-MD/clinical training. These positions are identified as IMG positions on the CaRMS site.  All dedicated GNLCAMS positions require a Return of Service Agreement (ROS).  Some programs may also have ROS positions available for graduates of Canadian Medical Schools. Individuals who match in an ROS stream are required to sign a return of service contract prior to starting their residency with the agency sponsoring the position.  Sponsors of the positions in the GNLCAMS stream, are the Ministry of Health of Nova Scotia, or New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island.

Unfilled positions are open to all candidates including graduates of Canadian Medical Schools and GNLCAMS who fulfill the eligibility criteria.  Those individuals who are matched through CaRMS to unfilled residency positions associated with ROS commitments are required to sign a return of service contract with the specific sponsoring agency prior to starting their residency.

For 2018 there will be one position for GNLCAMS in each of the following Family Medicine training sites (Halifax, Sydney, Annapolis Valley, and South West Nova, Nova Scotia; Moncton, New Brunswick; and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island).

The 2018 positions allocated to the CaRMS IMG stream will have an ROS with the following Department of Health.

Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness: Family Medicine sites in Halifax, Sydney, Annapolis Valley, and South West Nova.

New Brunswick Department of Health: Family Medicine site in Moncton.

Prince Edward Island Health PEI: Family Medicine Prince Edward Island site.

Dalhousie University Criteria for Graduates of Non-LCME/CACMS-Accredited Medical Schools including Graduates of US Schools of Osteopathic Medicine (GNLCAMS):

The following 7 requirements for Graduates of Non-LCME/CACMS-Accredited Medical Schools must be provided in order to be considered for residency training at Dalhousie University:

GNLCAMS with previous post-graduate training in either Canada or the United States, that is creditable for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada certification, are not eligible to participate in CaRMS in the first iteration for Dalhousie University positions.

  1. Legal Status

GNLCAMS must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident at the time of application. When applying candidates must submit one of the following verifications:

  • A photocopy of Birth Certificate issued by an authority in Canada with any photo identification; or
  • A photocopy of Canadian Passport; or
  • Notarized/certified photocopy of Canadian citizenship certificate, Record of Landing; or
  • Notarized/certified photocopy of Permanent Resident Card/Canadian Citizen Card.
  1. Proof of MD or DO Degree

GNLCAMS must be a graduate of an acceptable medical school or Graduates of US schools of Osteopathic Medicine and must meet provincial licensing eligibility in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

A copy of medical school marks/transcripts and medical degree/diploma must be submitted. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.

  1. Language

Dalhousie University requires all applicants to be eligible to register for a license in all provinces in which the program requires training. Both the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island have specific regulations regarding English language proficiency for physicians from outside of Canada. Below are links to the policies for each of the colleges. Candidates applying for postgraduate training must meet these requirements-

CPSNS Language Requirement [PDF – 162kB]

CPSPEI Language Requirement [PDF – 282kB] 

  1. Medical Council of Canada

For all candidates applying through CaRMS, a current pass in the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE) or equivalent is required.  For DO candidates, the COMLEX is an acceptable alternative. For further information regarding Medical Council of Canada examinations you may contact:

Medical Council of Canada
2283, boul St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, ON
K1G 5A2
Phone: (613) 521-6012
Website: www.mcc.ca

Applications for the MCCEE and the MCCQE (part 1) are available from most Canadian Employment and Immigration Commissions outside of Canada. To be eligible to take the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part 1, your medical school must be listed in the World Health Organization Directory of Medical Schools.

  1. Provincial Licensure Requirements

All applicants must be eligible to register for an educational license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. For more information on licensing eligibility, please visit the province’s college in which you are applying to.

Once accepted to training, a requirement for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is that graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools must include proof, as part of the completed license application, that verification through the Medical Council of Canada’s “Physicians Apply” has been initiated. For more information on the verification of credentials, please visit the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Physician Credentials (http://mcc.ca/services/repository/) ; this portal will allow the applicant to share their credentials with the College. You can also visit Physicians Apply (http://physiciansapply.ca/) for additional information.

  1. National Assessment Collaboration OSCE (NAC-OSCE)

The NAC-OSCE was introduced in Canada specifically to evaluate graduates of Non-LCME/CACMS-Accredited Medical Schools. The National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) is the group that organizes, manages and runs the exam. The Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) is the exam itself. Information regarding the NAC can be found at the following site: http://mcc.ca/2013/07/nac-registration-physiciansapply-ca/.

The NAC exam requirement for GNLCAMS will be waived for trainees who are currently enrolled in a Canadian residency program and wish to apply through the CaRMS 2nd iteration.

  1. Return of Service Agreement

GNLCAMS must be eligible to enter into a return of service agreement with the specific sponsoring Ministry of Health of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island.

Candidates who have undischarged Return of Service (ROS) obligations may not be eligible to begin Ministry-funded training positions at Dalhousie.  Candidates holding a ROS obligation must disclose pre-existing obligations at the time of their application.  Such individuals must contact each Ministry for further information.

All those matching to positions in the GNLCAMS stream are required to sign a return of service contract with the specific sponsoring Ministry of Health of Nova Scotia, or New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island prior to starting their residency.

Return of Service

In the CaRMS process, a number of residency positions will require Return of Service (ROS) commitments.  All dedicated GNLCAMS positions require an ROS agreement.  These positions are identified as IMG positions on the CaRMS site.  Some programs may also have ROS positions available for graduates of Canadian Medical Schools. Individuals who match in an ROS stream are required to sign a return of service contract prior to starting their residency with the agency sponsoring the position.  Sponsors of the positions in the GNLCAMS stream, are the Ministry of Health of Nova Scotia, or New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island.

Unfilled positions after the first iteration are open to all candidates including graduates of Canadian Medical Schools and GNLCAMSs who fulfill the eligibility criteria.  Those individuals who are matched through CaRMS to unfilled residency positions with associated ROS commitments are required to sign a return of service contract with the specific sponsoring agency prior to starting their residency.

Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant individual(s) below to receive a contract template for a specific province, or to discuss terms and conditions of the Return for Service in each of the jurisdictions:

2018 – The Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness is supporting positions for Family Medicine sites in Halifax, Sydney, Annapolis Valley, and South West Nova.

Contact:
Lynda Campbell
Lynda.Campbell@novascotia.ca

2018 – The New Brunswick Department of Health is supporting a position for the Family Medicine site in Moncton.

Contact:
Michelle Anne Duguay
Michelleanne.Duguay@gnb.ca

2018 – The Prince Edward Island Health PEI is supporting a position for Family Medicine Prince Edward Island site.

Contact:
Dawn MacDougall
rmacdougall@ihis.org