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Electives at Dalhousie for IMGs Policy

Approximate processing time to arrival in Halifax is six months.

  1. Overseas Clinical Residents must arrange their elective with the appropriate Dalhousie University program director. When the Dalhousie University program director has determined that the overseas Resident is accepted for the elective period, contact the Postgraduate Medical Education office (Co-ordinator, Visa Trainees) with the following:
    1. An acceptance letter from the program director stating an IMG Resident will be accepted for the elective. The letter must state:
      • the resident’s specialty and current level of training
      • length of the elective
      • the university where he/she is registered
      • both supervisors, at Dalhousie University and the overseas university
      • information on sponsorship, e.g. funding source
    2. A verification letter from the overseas Resident’s registered university must accompany the Dalhousie University program director’s acceptance letter.
      • The verification letter from the resident’s medical school must state that the elective at Dalhousie will be an acceptable component of the Resident’s training program
      • information on sponsorship, e.g. funding source. Verification from the sponsor that they will pay the Elective Resident’s salary and benefits. Benefits include malpractice insurance, Educational Licence, health insurance, etc.
  2. On receipt of the two approval letters from the university program directors, the Postgraduate Office will email a letter to the overseas Resident with the following registration and visa information:
    1. Work Permit. As overseas residents work with patients and their files, a Work Permit is required by both Citizenship & Immigration, Canada and The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. The Work Permit process can take up to six months therefore please advise our Postgraduate Medical Education office well in advance of the elective. Approval from Department of Health and Human Resources, Canada is sought. A medical is normally required prior to entering Canada and may take three months to be approved. Details are given by Immigration Canada.
    2. Administration Fee. Due to the amount of time and paperwork involved with organizing overseas elective Residents there is a charge of $150 for four weeks, $300 for eight weeks or longer.
    3. Malpractice Insurance. A copy of their current malpractice insurance policy and a statement from the company indicating that they are covered while in Canada, or proof of coverage from the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA). Contact information for CMPA is given.
    4. Licensing. Elective Residents require an Educational License with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.
      NB: A pass in the MCCEE is required if the elective length will be more than three months. If the elective is less than three months the MCCEE requirement is waived.
    5. Immunization. All postgraduate medical elective Residents are required to show proof of immunization for tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, mantoux (TB), chicken pox and Hepatitis B (sero conversion). If the Resident has not had Chicken Pox, a VZV titre is required. If the titre shows no immunity then the Varicella vaccine and proof of vaccination is required. Immunization against influenza is recommended. The trainee’s Postgraduate Office must indicate on the immunization form provided whether they are immunized.
    6. Application form. The Resident is to complete an Elective Application form and return to the Postgraduate Medical Education office prior to arrival. It can be obtained from the PGME website.
    7. Register with the Postgraduate Office upon arrival in Halifax.
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