International Medical Graduates

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) regardless of education, licensure or experience, must obtain a license to practice their profession in Canada. Each province or territory has its own licensing organization that sets the requirements and regulates the practice of the medical profession and specialties within the jurisdiction. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS) is the regulatory body for medical doctors and surgeons in Nova Scotia.

Pathway to Licensure

Download the Family Physician Pathway to Licensure PDF

Download the Specialist Physician Pathway to Licensure PDF

ISANS offers:

The International Medical Graduates (IMG) Bridging Program

The IMG Bridging Program offers a number of programs, services, and resources to support IMGs entry into the Canadian healthcare system

  • Study Groups

    Study Groups assist IMGs in preparing for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCC EE), Qualifying Examination Part I (QE I), Qualifying Examination Part II (QE II) and the National Assessment Collaboration Objective Structured Clinical Examination (NAC OSCE). The aim of the study groups is to facilitate focused learning and provide a learning environment in which Canadian medical content can be explored, discussed, and modeled.

    Participating in study groups will allow you to develop a network of peers, feel connected and expose you to various supports and resources that can help you achieve your goal.

    • MCCEE/MCCQE1 Study Group: IMGs who are preparing for MCCQEE or MCCQE2 practice the multiple-choice questions and Clinical Decision Making (CDM) cases during these Weekly evening sessions.
    • NAC/ MCCQE2 Study Group: IMGs who are preparing for any MCCQE2 or NAC practice different case scenarios during these Thursday evening sessions.
  • IMGs’ Clinical Skills Review Program

    This onsite program at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia is developed and offered with the generous support of Dalhousie Medical School Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and a group of dedicated faculty members who volunteer their valuable time with ISANS. The program aims to increase IMGs’ knowledge of the culture and structure of the Canadian healthcare system and to improve their professional communication skills.

    This program is offered twice a year. Each course consists of 12-15 facilitated evening sessions and 2-3 mock OSCEs. IMGs will have the opportunity to practice with trained simulated patients and receive constructive feedback from facilitators.

  • Observerships for IMGS in Family Physicians’ Clinic

    The Observership in Family Physicians’ Clinic is a volunteer arrangement between an IMG Observer and a Supervising Family Physician, designed to expose IMGs to clinical practice.  It is based on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS) program with its associated policies and procedures. The time frame may be determined and approved according to the needs of the Observer and the availability of the Supervising Physician. Observerships generally last between one and three months with the IMG attending 1 – 2 days a week. IMGs that have passed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCC EE) are eligible to apply for this program.

  • IMG Onsite Resources

  • IMG Online Resources

    • IMG e-library
    • Doctors Nova Scotia Bookshelf (accessible at ISANS computer lab by appointments)
    • Online question bank membership (only accessible to study group participants)
  • IMG Newsletters and Fact Sheets

Capital Health Online Resources


You are eligible to attend this program if you are:

  • an  Internationally Educated  Medical Graduate (IMG)
  • registered as a client with ISANS
  • registered with an Employment Specialist at ISANS
For more information please contact

International Medical Graduates Multi-stakeholder Working Group

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