Updated September 19, 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 APPLICABLE TO ALL MEDICAL GRADUATES

GENERAL INFORMATION Please be aware that as part of Dalhousie’s commitment to providing the right number, mix, and distribution of physicians to meet regional needs, residents matched to Dalhousie programs based primarily in Halifax will be expected to complete approximately 10% of their rotations outside the Central zone.
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

MATCH STREAMS Unfilled CMG positions from the first iteration are open to all candidates including graduates of Canadian Medical Schools and GNLCAMS who fulfill the eligibility criteria in the second iteration. IMG positions that go unmatched in the first iteration are not eligible for CMGs to apply in the second iteration. Unfilled CMG positions in the first iteration do not require an ROS in the second iteration.
RESTRICTIONS COVID-19 Immunization

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.

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)
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 For all candidates, a pass in the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam part 1 or equivalent (as defined by regulatory health authority) is required for a postgraduate training licence obtained after the conclusion of the match. Those unsuccessful in the exam are subject to the decision of the regulatory authority regarding licensure after the conclusion of the match.
OTHER ASSESSMENTS Some programs may require the Casper assessment. Please review program descriptions for details.
RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS There are no return of service agreements for any of the CMG positions.
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 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 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

  1. 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
  2. you have achieved one of the following English Language Proficiency test results:

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

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

MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS Examination: NAC Examination

  • Date/milestone assessment submission required: File review opening
  • Requirement: Mandatory with some exceptions for the second iteration*

Examination: MCCQE Part 1

  • Date/milestone assessment submission required: File review opening
  • Requirement: Mandatory (some exceptions listed below for Family Medicine IMG programs only)

*The below two documents will be accepted in place of the NAC Examination:

  • The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam part II (QEII); OR
  • The receipt of the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC).

If applying to any Family Medicine – IMG programs, a pass in the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam part 1 OR one of the equivalent exceptions (as defined by the regulatory health authority listed below) must be completed, passed, and included in the application before the application deadline.

The successful completion of ONE of the following three scenarios is required for graduates of non-Canadian medical schools who do not have a pass in the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam part 1:

  • ALL of the United States Medical Licensing Examinations: (USMLE) Step 1, USMLE – Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS); or
  • For Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) candidates only, the COMLEX (The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States).

At least ONE of the bulleted scenarios above must be completed, passed, and included in the application before the application deadline.

OTHER ASSESSMENTS Some programs may require the Casper assessment. Please review program descriptions for details.
RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS All dedicated ROS positions require a signed ROS agreement. These positions are identified as IMG positions on the CaRMS site. Individuals who match in a ROS stream are required to sign a return of service contract prior to starting their residency with the agency sponsoring the position. Successful entrance into training is dependent upon having a fully executed agreement in place.

Sponsors of the positions in the GNLCAMS (IMG) stream, are the Ministry of Health of Nova Scotia, or New Brunswick, or Prince Edward Island.

Unfilled positions without associated ROS commitments in the first iteration do not have a ROS commitment in the second iteration, regardless of whether the candidate is CMG or GNLCAMS.

Any candidate who has an undischarged Return of Service (ROS) obligation may not be eligible to begin Ministry-funded training positions at Dalhousie. Candidates holding a pre-existing ROS obligation must disclose such obligations and provide a letter from their sponsor stating that they may participate in the match at the time of application.

Interested candidates should contact the relevant individual(s) below to discuss the terms and conditions of the Return for Service in each of the jurisdictions prior to application:

Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness

Email: Physician.resources@novascotia.ca

New Brunswick Department of Health

Michelle Anne Duguay
Email: michelleanne.duguay@gnb.ca

Prince Edward Island Department of Health

Mary Laura Coady
Email: mlcoady@ihis.org

MEDICAL EDUCATION 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.

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.

For those accepted through the match for training who are graduates of non-LCME or CACMS-accredited medical schools, please note that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia requires proof, as part of their 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; this portal will allow the applicant to share their credentials with the College. You can also visit Physicians Apply for additional information.

In the second iteration, for the Family Medicine positions, only IMG applicants who had applied in the first iteration will be considered by the programs.

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