HomeRegistration & LicensingObservershipsClinical Observership for IMGs
There are international medical graduates (IMGs) living in Nova Scotia who are not eligible for a licence to practise. Many of these IMGs are preparing to take Canadian licensing examinations or practical assessments of their skills and knowledge, and wish to maintain or enhance their clinical skills under the direction of a practicing physician in a hospital or office setting.
As a clinical observer IMGs will interact with patients and will have access to private personal patient information. Therefore, a permit with the College is required.
Please note that a clinical observer permit is not a licence to practise medicine.
Participating in a clinical observership is not considered as training or work experience and will not be considered when assessing eligibility to practise medicine in Nova Scotia.
Clinical Observership for IMGs Permit Application Package and Guide (PDF - 18 pages)