Updated September 7, 2023

Dalhousie University

2024 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.


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.

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.

Active Practice

Applicants who have been away from medical school and whose skill have been inactive for five years or greater, at any point in time after commencing medical school, will not be considered for postgraduate training at Dalhousie University. The only acceptable experiences during this time are postgraduate training, clinical practice, clinical assisting, clinical fellowships, and training/educational experiences completed by individuals under an IMG assessment program. All other experiences will be considered as inactive time.

CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS See the Summary of citizenship requirements.
PROOF OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY See the Summary of language proficiency requirements.
MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS See the Summary of MCC examination requirements.
PROVINCIAL AND OTHER ASSESSMENTS See the Summary of provincial and other assessment requirements.




RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS Dalhousie residency positions in the IMG stream will require a Return of Service (ROS) commitment. 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


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. This portal will allow the applicant to share their credentials with the College.

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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