The College issues permits to medical students and international medical graduates to undertake observerships in Nova Scotia medical practices. An observer permit is not a licence to practise medicine.

Observers will interact with patients and will have access to private patient information. Participating in an observership is not considered when assessing eligibility to practise medicine in Nova Scotia.

Medical Student Observers:

Undergraduate students attending medical schools can undertake observerships in Nova Scotia medical practices. 

Observership requirements and application: Medical Student Observership Permit Application Package and Guide (PDF - 8 pages)

International Medical Graduate Observers:

IMGs preparing to take Canadian licensing examinations or practical assessments often wish to maintain or enhance their clinical skills under the direction of a practicing physician in a hospital or office setting.

Observership requirements and application: Clinical Observership for IMGs Permit Application Package and Guide (PDF - 16 pages)