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 Licensure


Licensure refers to the process of getting a license to practice medicine. All Residents must be eligible for and obtain an educational license for postgraduate training.
 
When you enroll in Postgraduate Medical Studies, you will receive an application package from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador for admittance to its Educational Register and to obtain an educational license. The College requires a passing score of 250 on the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE) before you can apply for a license.
 
The College also requires verification of appropriate CMPA moonlighting coverage before approving any license for Residents to enter locum practice. You can learn more about curriculum vitae requirements and download the on-line CV application form by visiting the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador website and clicking on Licensing and Registering.
 
You may also submit your CV to the Provincial Physician Recruitment Office, who will forward your resume to the College on your behalf.
 

Categories of Licensure

 
Provisional License for Locum Practice Provisional licensure allows a Resident to perform locums in general practice and in emergency departments at the request of a sponsor. It requires a minimum of 150 hours of general practice per year for annual renewal.
 
Granting of a provisional license is contingent upon a letter from the program director agreeing to the Resident performing locum practice. This can be a valuable experience for Residents and will help you financially.
 
Residents may be eligible for a provisional license if they have at least one year of postgraduate training and have completed a PGY 1 program in a CACMS/LCME accredited program. This includes an eight-week rotation in each of Medicine and Surgery programs, and an eight-week rotation in any two of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology programs. The surgical rotation must include four weeks in General Surgery. The remaining four weeks must also be in a hospital-based service; Urology, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery or Cardiovascular Surgery.
 
Provisional License for Locum Specialty Practice Residents who are in their final year of a specialty training program may be eligible to provide locum services in their specialty at the request of a sponsor. Granting of a provisional license is contingent upon a letter of approval from your program director, which states you have the knowledge, skills, judgment and attitudes to independently practice the specialty on a locum basis.
 
Provisional License for Restricted Practice Residents who have completed at least two years of postgraduate training in a specialty training program may be eligible for a provisional license to enter a restricted practice. The type of practice must be within the scope of your specialty postgraduate training. You also need a letter from your program director stating that you have the knowledge, skills, judgment and attitudes to independently enter the restricted practice.
 
(Note: Residents in their second year of Family Medicine training are granted a modified provisional license which enables them to write prescriptions and to practice within the family medicine program. This modified provisional license, however, does not permit second-year family medicine Residents to perform locums.)
 
Full Licensure in Newfoundland and Labrador Any Resident planning to enter practice in the province must acquire a license from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador.
 
You can request an application directly from the College’s Registration Department. Upon receipt of your curriculum vitae, the College will assess your credentials and promptly notify you whether you may or may not be eligible to obtain a license.
 
The College requires you to have passed Part I and Part II of the Qualifying Examination of the Medical Council of Canada.
 
Once you receive your license you are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of general practice per year for annual renewal.
 
Full License for Locum Specialty Practice If you hold a full license and you are in your final year of a specialty program, then you may be eligible to provide locum services in your specialty.
 
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador requires a letter of approval from your program director stating you have the knowledge, skills, judgment and attitudes to independently practice the specialty on a locum basis.
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