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Graduates of non‑LCME/CACMS Accredited Schools

Requirements for residency training at Dalhousie

If you're a graduate of a non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical school, you must provide proof of meeting six requirements to be considered for residency training at Dalhousie Medical School. 

Please note: If you're a graduate of a non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical school with previous postgraduate training in either Canada or the United States (creditable for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada certification), you are not eligible to participate in the first iteration of CaRMS for Dalhousie residency 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. All of the following documents must be a notarized/certified photocopy:

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

2. Proof of MD degree

You must be a graduate of an acceptable medical school on the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) list.

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. As of July 1, 2016 candidates applying for postgraduate training must meet these requirements-

CPSNS Language Requirement [PDF - 162kB]

CPSPEI Language Requirement [PDF - 282kB]

4. Medical Council of Canada

Candidates applying through CaRMS require a current pass in the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE). Your record of performance on this examination must be submitted with your application in order to be considered for a position at Dalhousie.

Proof of performance on the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exams (MCCQE) (parts 1 and 2), or the United States Medical Licensing Examination (parts 1, 2 and 3) will also be considered.

For further information regarding Medical Council of Canada examinations, 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.

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 Physicians Apply has been initiated.

Return of Service Agreement

Graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools applying for a designated position in the first round of CaRMS must be eligible to enter into a Return of Service (ROS) Agreement with the Maritime province sponsoring the position. These applicants must be available to undertake the ROS period after completion of residency.

Graduates of non-LCME/CACMS-accredited medical schools with undischarged ROS obligations may not be eligible to begin Department of Health-funded training positions at Dalhousie. Those holding ROS obligations must disclose pre-existing obligations at the time of their application. Such individuals should contact each Department of Health for further information.