Updated July 13, 2022

Dalhousie University

2023 Cycle Information

Criteria applicable for all medical graduates; for specific information, please see tabs.

The 2023 provincial criteria is currently under review.

Please note that the criteria on this page is from the 2022 match. Updated criteria will be posted on this page in the upcoming months, once it has been reviewed by the province.

CRITERIA FOR ALL MEDICAL GRADUATES

GENERAL INFORMATION N/A
LICENSING BODY 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.

College of Physicians and Surgeons Nova Scotia

College of Physicians and Surgeons New Brunswick

College of Physicians and Surgeons Prince Edward Island

SOURCE OF FUNDING Ministries of Health – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island
TRAINING LEVEL ELIGIBILITY Subspecialty: Medicine subspecialties

Training level: Current resident

Eligibility details: The first iteration is open to PGY 3 residents currently in a recognized Royal College Internal Medicine program. Applicants who are off-cycle by more than six months (with a start date after December 31, 2023) are not eligible for this year’s PGY4 match. PGY4’s will be considered for the second iteration.

  • Currently training in a Canadian or ACGME-accredited US internal medicine program

 

Subspecialty: Medicine subspecialties

Training level: Previous subspecialty training/transfers

Eligibility details: Not eligible in the first iteration. Trainees currently enrolled in Canadian or US sub-specialty training will only be considered for the 2nd iteration.

Training level: Licensed Physicians (including restricted licenses)

Eligibility details: Positions in the first iteration are not open to candidates currently in specialty practice and looking for retraining, but if they meet all other criteria, these individuals will be considered for the 2nd iteration.

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Subspecialty: Critical Care Medicine

Training level: Current Resident

Eligibility details: Graduates of a Canadian Medical School who are:

  • Currently in their third year (R3) of training in an internal medicine program
  • Currently in their final year (R5-R6) or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Accredited program in Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery or Cardiac Surgery.
  • Local (Dalhousie) residents who are currently enrolled in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Accredited program in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, or Internal Medicine and have completed three (3) years of one of these primary specialties; or in an RCPSC program in Cardiac Surgery and have completed four (4) years of the specialty training prior to application to the Critical Care Medicine program. Candidates applying under this category must have the agreement of their Program Director and the Critical Care Medicine Program Director to facilitate the achievement of all required competencies for both programs within the overlapping year.
  • Residents currently in their final year or who within the last year have completed training in an ACGME-accredited US program in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery or Cardiac Surgery may be eligible to apply. Applicants in this category must receive an official ruling of eligibility to sit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada exams in their core specialty prior to application to be eligible to apply.

 

Graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools who are:

  • Currently in their third year (R3) of training in a Canadian or ACGME- accredited US internal medicine program
  • Currently in their final year (R5-R6) or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited program in Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, or Cardiac Surgery.
  • Local (Dalhousie) residents who are currently enrolled in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Accredited program in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, or Internal Medicine and have completed three (3) years of one of these primary specialties; or in an RCPSC program in Cardiac Surgery and have completed four (4) years of the specialty training prior to application to the Critical Care Medicine program. Candidates applying under this category must have the agreement of their Program Director and the Critical Care Medicine Program Director to facilitate the achievement of all required competencies for both programs within the overlapping year.

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Subspecialty: Palliative Medicine

Training level: Current Resident

Eligibility details: Graduates of a Canadian Medical School who are:

  • Currently Internal Medicine Residents at PGY-3 or PGY-4 level.
  • Currently in their final year (R5), or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited program in Anesthesia, or Neurology.
  • Entry from other specialties may occur but must follow completion of the primary specialty training that includes twelve (12) months of clinical internal medicine-based rotations with a minimum of six (6) months at a senior level.
  • Currently in their final year or who have completed training in an accredited US ACGME-accredited program in Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, or Neurology may be eligible to apply. Applicants in this category must receive an official ruling of eligibility to sit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada exams in their core specialty prior to application to be eligible to apply.

Graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools who are:

  • Currently training in a Canadian or ACGME-accredited US internal medicine program at PGY-3 or PGY-4 level.
    • Currently in their final year (R5) or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited program in Neurology or Anesthesia

For applicants with permanent resident status who are currently at the PGY3 level in an accredited United States Internal Medicine Training program, a copy of the candidate’s RCPSC Assessment of Training must be provided at the time of application.

RESTRICTIONS Eligibility of Sponsored Residents on a training visa

Visa-sponsored residents are not eligible to apply for positions through the medicine subspecialty match. Instead, visa-sponsored trainees should contact the PGY4 Subspecialty Training Program to inquire about the application process for sponsored residents.

COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination is now required for all healthcare workers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI by public health order. As long as that order remains in effect, candidates who electively choose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are not eligible to work, and therefore, ineligible for training.

MATCH STREAMS N/A
CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Accepted Citizenship types
Canadian citizen
Canadian permanent resident
Accepted Citizenship documents
Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of card)
Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
Passport page showing Canadian citizenship
Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing in Canada
Deadline for providing Citizenship documents
File review opening

CaRMS is partnering with third-party organizations to automate the verification of citizenship/legal status required by postgraduate offices for entry into residency. Third-party verification simplifies the process for applicants and programs. All applicants who do not receive third-party citizenship verification will be required to upload and assign an acceptable proof of citizenship document. Please see additional information here.

 ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR CANADIAN MEDICAL GRADUATES

A Canadian Medical Graduate (CMG) or U.S. Allopathic Medical Graduate (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).

PROOF OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY Proof of English proficiency is not required for Canadian Medical Graduates.
MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS Examination: MCCQE Part I

  • Date/milestone assessment submission required: File review opening
  • Requirement: Mandatory
RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS  Any candidate who has an undischarged Return of Service (ROS) must disclose such obligations at the time of application.
MEDICAL EDUCATION N/A
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION N/A

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES

An International Medical Graduate (IMG) is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school that listed with the World Directory of Medical Schools (World Directory) published by the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME).

A U.S. Osteopathic Medical Graduate (USMG- Osteo) is an individual who received their medical degree from an accredited Osteopathic medical school.

PROOF OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY Language assessment document accepted: IELTS Academic

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Results can not be more than 24 months old by the time a resident starts (July 1st, 2023)
  • Minimum score: 7.0 in each of the components in the same sitting

Language assessment document accepted: Occupational English Test (OET) -Medicine

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Results can not be more than 24 months old by the time a resident starts (July 1st, 2023)
  • Minimum score: Minimum grade of B in each of the four components in the same sitting

Language assessment document accepted: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – General

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Results can not be more than 24 months old by the time a resident starts (July 1st, 2023)
  • Minimum score: Minimum score of 9 in each of the four components in the same sitting

All applicants whose first and native language is not English must demonstrate English Language Proficiency. This requirement is fulfilled if you provide proof that:

  1. You currently hold an independent medical licence in any province or territory in Canada; or
  2. You received your undergraduate medical education or your postgraduate training in English from one of the countries listed below; or

Countries with English as a first and native language:

Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands

Caribbean Islands with English as a first and native language:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago

3. your postgraduate training did not occur in one of the countries listed above, but it was conducted in English and the primary language for patient care was in English; or

4. you have achieved one of the following English Language Proficiency test results.

For more information regarding English language requirements please visit: https://cpsns.ns.ca/resource/english-language-proficiency/

MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS MCCQE Part I

  • Date/milestone assessment submission required: File review opening
  • Requirement: Mandatory with exceptions

For all candidates applying through CaRMS, a current pass in the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part 1 (MCCQE1) or equivalent is required. For DO (Osteopathic medicine) candidates, the COMLEX is an acceptable alternative.

RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS Any candidate who has an undischarged Return of Service (ROS) obligation must disclose such obligations at time of application.
MEDICAL EDUCATION Proof of MD Degree or DO Degree (Osteopathic medicine)

Graduates of Non-LCME/CACMS-Accredited Medical Schools (GNLCAMS) must be a graduate of an acceptable medical school or a graduate of a US school of Osteopathic Medicine and must meet provincial licensing eligibility in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION N/A
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL MEDICAL GRADUATES
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 CRITERIA FOR ALL MEDICAL GRADUATES

GENERAL INFORMATION N/A
LICENSING BODY College of Physicians and Surgeons Nova Scotia – https://cpsns.ns.ca/

College of Physicians and Surgeons New Brunswick – https://cpsnb.org/en/

College of Physicians and Surgeons Prince Edward Island – https://cpspei.ca/

SOURCE OF FUNDING Ministries of Health – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island
TRAINING LEVEL ELIGIBILITY Subspecialty: Medicine subspecialties

Training level: Current resident

  • Eligibility details: The first iteration is open to PGY 3 residents currently in a recognized Royal College Internal Medicine program. Applicants who are off-cycle by more than six months (with a start date after December 31, 2022) are not eligible for this year’s PGY4 match. PGY4’s will be considered for the second iteration.
    • Meeting the above criteria and currently training in a Canadian or ACGME-accredited US internal medicine program

Training level: Previous subspecialty training/transfers

  • Eligibility details:Not eligible in the first iteration. Trainees currently enrolled in Canadian or US sub-specialty training will only be considered for the 2nd iteration.

Training level: Licensed Physicians (including restricted licenses)

  • Eligibility details: Positions in the first iteration are not open to candidates currently in specialty practice and looking for retraining, but if they meet all other criteria, these individuals will be considered for the 2nd iteration.

Subspecialty: Critical Care Medicine

Training level: Current Resident

  • Eligibility details:
    • Graduates of a Canadian Medical School who are:
      • Currently in their third year (R3) of training in an internal medicine program
      • Currently in their final year (R5-R6) or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Accredited program in Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery or Cardiac Surgery.
      • Local (Dalhousie) residents who are currently enrolled in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Accredited program in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, or Internal Medicine and have completed three (3) years of one of these primary specialties; or in an RCPSC program in Cardiac Surgery and have completed four (4) years of the specialty training prior to application to the Critical Care Medicine program. Candidates applying under this category must have the agreement of their Program Director and the Critical Care Medicine Program Director to facilitate the achievement of all required competencies for both programs within the overlapping year.
      • Residents currently in their final year or who within the last year have completed training in an ACGME-accredited US program in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery or Cardiac Surgery may be eligible to apply. Applicants in this category must receive an official ruling of eligibility to sit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada exams in their core specialty prior to application to be eligible to apply.
    • Graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools who are:
      • Currently in their third year (R3) of training in a Canadian or ACGME- accredited US internal medicine program
      • Currently in their final year (R5-R6) or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited program in Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, or Cardiac Surgery.
      • Local (Dalhousie) residents who are currently enrolled in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Accredited program in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, or Internal Medicine and have completed three (3) years of one of these primary specialties; or in an RCPSC program in Cardiac Surgery and have completed four (4) years of the specialty training prior to application to the Critical Care Medicine program. Candidates applying under this category must have the agreement of their Program Director and the Critical Care Medicine Program Director to facilitate the achievement of all required competencies for both programs within the overlapping year.

Subspecialty: Palliative Medicine

Training level: Current Resident

  • Eligibility details:
    • Graduates of a Canadian Medical School who are:
      • Currently Internal Medicine Residents at PGY-3 or PGY-4 level.
      • Currently in their final year (R5), or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited program in Anesthesia, or Neurology.
      • Entry from other specialties may occur but must follow completion of the primary specialty training that includes twelve (12) months of clinical internal medicine-based rotations with a minimum of six (6) months at a senior level.
      • Currently in their final year or who have completed training in an accredited US ACGME-accredited program in Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, or Neurology may be eligible to apply. Applicants in this category must receive an official ruling of eligibility to sit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada exams in their core specialty prior to application to be eligible to apply.

Graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools who are:

  • Currently training in a Canadian or ACGME-accredited US internal medicine program at PGY-3 or PGY-4 level.
  • Currently in their final year (R5) or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited program in Neurology or Anesthesia

For applicants with permanent resident status who are currently at the PGY3 level in an accredited United States Internal Medicine Training program, a copy of the candidate’s RCPSC Assessment of Training must be provided at the time of application.

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.

RESTRICTIONS Eligibility of Sponsored Residents on a training visa

Visa-sponsored residents are not eligible to apply for positions through the medicine subspecialty match. Instead, visa-sponsored trainees should contact the PGY4 Subspecialty Training Program to inquire about the application process for sponsored residents.

MATCH STREAMS N/A
CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Accepted Citizenship types
Canadian citizen
Canadian permanent resident
Accepted Citizenship documents
Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
Passport page showing Canadian citizenship
Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing in Canada
Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of card)
Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
Deadline for providing Citizenship documents
File review opening

 ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR CANADIAN MEDICAL GRADUATES

A Canadian Medical Graduate (CMG) or U.S. Allopathic Medical Graduate (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).

PROOF OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY Proof of English proficiency is not required for Canadian Medical Graduates.
MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS Examination: MCCQE Part I

  • Date/milestone assessment submission required: File review opening
  • Requirement: Mandatory
RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS  Any candidate who has an undischarged Return of Service (ROS) must disclose such obligations at the time of application.
MEDICAL EDUCATION N/A
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION N/A

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES

An  International Medical Graduate (IMG) is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school that is listed with the World Directory of Medical Schools (World Directory) published by the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME).

A U.S. Osteopathic Medical Graduate (USMG- Osteo) is an individual who received their medical degree from an accredited Osteopathic medical school.

PROOF OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY 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 for Nova Scotia, and PEI have specific regulations regarding English language proficiency for physicians from outside of Canada. Below are links to the policy section for each of the colleges. Candidates applying for postgraduate training must meet these requirements:

CPSNS Language Requirement

CPSPEI Language Requirement

MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS MCCQE Part I

  • Date/milestone assessment submission required: File review opening
  • Requirement: Mandatory

For all candidates applying through CaRMS, a current pass in the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part 1 (MCCQE1) or equivalent is required. For DO (Osteopathic medicine) candidates, the COMLEX is an acceptable alternative.

RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS Any candidate who has an undischarged Return of Service (ROS) obligation must disclose such obligations at time of application.
MEDICAL EDUCATION Proof of MD Degree or DO Degree (Osteopathic medicine)

Graduates of Non-LCME/CACMS-Accredited Medical Schools (GNLCAMS) must be a graduate of an acceptable medical school or a graduate of a US school of Osteopathic Medicine and must meet provincial licensing eligibility in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 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 relevant provincial college.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL MEDICAL GRADUATES
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