How to practise in Nova Scotia

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How to practise in Nova Scotia

If you’d like to be a doctor in Nova Scotia, you must meet several requirements.

This includes being licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia and credentialed by Nova Scotia Health (NSH), among other steps. Depending on your previous training, you may have to complete multiple exams or a residency. 

First steps to practising in Nova Scotia:

  1. Contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia to see if you are eligible for a licence to practise medicine in the province. If you are an international medical graduate you can review the paths to licensure through Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
  2. Review the provincial physician recruitment strategy
  3. Browse the unities posted by Nova Scotia Health and practice opportunities posted by Doctors Nova Scotia
  4. Reach out to one of Nova Scotia Health’s (NSH) recruitment consultants
  5. Discuss return of service agreements with Doctors Nova Scotia.
  6. Have questions about practising in Nova Scotia? Physician advisors can help.