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Criteria for Graduates of Non‑LCME/CACMS‑Accredited Medical Schools including Graduates of US Schools of Osteopathic Medicine (GNLCAMS)

Requirements for residency training at Dalhousie

The following 6 requirements for Graduates of Non-LCME/CACMS-Accredited Medical Schools including graduates of US Schools of Osteopathic Medicine (GNLCAMS) must be met in order to be considered for residency training at Dalhousie University:

GNLCAMS with previous post-graduate training in either Canada or the United States, that is creditable for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada certification, are not eligible to participate in CaRMS in the first iteration for Dalhousie University positions.

Requirements for graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited schools

Read the following six sections carefully to ensure your eligibility for residency positions at Dalhousie Medical School:

1. Legal status

You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident at the time of application. When applying, you must submit one of the following verifications.  

  • a photocopy of birth certificate issued by an authority in Canada with any photo identification
  • a photocopy of Canadian passport
  • a photocopy of Canadian citizenship certificate or record of a landing
  • a photocopy of  permanent resident card/Canadian citizen card

2. 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 notarized/certified copy of medical school marks or transcripts and medical degree or diploma must be submitted. Documents that aren't in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.

3. Language

Dalhousie University requires all applicants to be eligible to register for a license to enable them to train within the Maritimes. Both the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island have specific regulations regarding English language proficiency for physicians from outside of Canada.

Below are links to the policies for each of the colleges. Candidates applying for postgraduate training must meet these requirements-

CPSNS Language Requirement [PDF - 162kB]

CPSPEI Language Requirement [PDF - 282kB]

4. Medical Council of Canada

For all candidates applying through CaRMS, a current pass in the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE) or equivalent is required.  For DO candidates, the COMLEX is an acceptable alternative. For further information regarding Medical Council of Canada examinations you may contact:

Medical Council of Canada
2283 boul St. Laurent
Ottawa, ON
K1G 5A2
Phone: 613-521-6012

Applications for the MCCEE and the MCCQE (part 1) are available from most Canadian Employment and Immigration Commissions outside of Canada. To be eligible to take the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (part 1), your medical school must be listed in the World Health Organization directory of medical schools.

5. National Assessment Collaboration Objective Structured Clinical Examination (NAC-OSCE)

The NAC-OSCE was introduced in Canada specifically to evaluate graduates of Non-LCME/CACMS-Accredited Medical Schools. The National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) is the group that organizes, manages and runs the exam. The Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) is the exam itself. Information regarding the NAC can be found at the following site.

The NAC exam requirement for Graduates of Non-LCME/CACMS-Accredited Medical Schools will be waived for trainees who are currently enrolled in a Canadian residency program and wish to apply through the CaRMS 2nd iteration.

6. 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 province’s college in which you are applying to.

Once accepted to training, a requirement for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is that graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools must include proof, as part of the 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. 

Return of Service Agreement

GNLCAMS must be eligible to enter into a Return of Service (ROS) Agreement with the specific sponsoring Ministry of Health of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island. 

Candidates who have undischarged Return of Service (ROS) obligations may not be eligible to begin Ministry-funded training positions at Dalhousie.  Candidates holding a ROS obligation must disclose pre-existing obligations at the time of their application.  Such individuals must contact each Ministry for further information.

All those matching to positions in the GNLCAMS stream are required to sign a return of service contract with the specific sponsoring Ministry of Health of Nova Scotia, or New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island prior to starting their residency.