Program to Assess Internationally Trained Family Doctors Moves Ahead

A new program to assess internationally trained family doctors to work in Nova Scotia is moving forward.

The province has approved the proposal for a new Practice Ready Assessment Program. The first group of candidates are expected to begin their assessments in early 2019.

“This program will see new family doctors, every year, providing more access to primary care in Nova Scotia,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “The Practice Ready Assessment Program will be another important recruiting tool, much like our existing residency and financial incentive programs.”

Candidates approved by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will complete a three-month assessment at Dalhousie Family Medicine. Ten candidates will be accepted each year.

Successful candidates will get a conditional licence and will work in underserved areas, including Halifax, Dartmouth, Cape Breton, the Annapolis Valley and northern Nova Scotia.

The new program has been designed to meet the requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia and align with the Medical Council of Canada National Assessment Collaboration standards.

Dalhousie Family Medicine will manage and coordinate the program. The province will provide $1.3 million in initial funding.

It is expected the first group of candidates will be ready to work in Nova Scotia starting in the fall of 2019.