Re‑entry Program

Specialty training for practising physicians

The re-entry program is designed to allow a limited number of practising Nova Scotian physicians the chance to re-enter a specialty training program. Please note that re-entry positions aren't available to physicians practising outside of Nova Scotia.

Requirements for re-entry program

There are two residency training positions available through the re-entry program. Re-entry positions are only available to physicians who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada who have practised in Nova Scotia for a minimum of two years. To be eligible for the re-entry program, you must hold an unrestricted license for independent practice and must have a satisfactory certificate of professional conduct from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

Applications will be considered for specialty training areas with a perceived projected resource need. This is determined by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) and the PGME office. All successful applicants must sign a return for service contract for a rural community with the DHW.

Applying for re-entry

Candidates must submit a written request to the PGME office no later than October 1 to be considered for a residency to start the following July. Please send your request to:

Lynsay McGuigan, Manager, Records Management
Phone: 902-494-2362

The PGME office will consult the indicated training program and confirm whether or not that program has the resources to take an additional resident. Upon approval from the training program, the PGME office will contact the DHW for approval as a specialty of need. Upon receipt of DHW approval, an application will be sent to the candidate by mid-October. The deadline for PGME to receive completed applications is November 15.