International Medical Graduates

Doctor examining a patient

International Medical Graduates

International medical graduates must meet a number of requirements before they are able to practise medicine in Nova Scotia.


Nova Scotia relies on international medical graduates (IMGs) to provide care across the province. These are people who studied medicine outside of Canada, including Canadians who studied medicine abroad (called CSAs) at a school that is not accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)

To practise medicine in Nova Scotia, you must be licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia and credentialed by the Nova Scotia Health Authority, among other steps. Depending on your previous training, you may have to complete multiple exams or a residency. See all of the requirements you will need in order to work here.

Several organizations offer programs to help IMGs become doctors in Nova Scotia: