Dalhousie University - Family Medicine - Halifax

2024 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
CMG Stream for CMG

Last approved on November 05, 2023

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:


Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Sasha Sealy
Family Medicine 
1465 Brenton St. 
Suite 402
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3T4
(902) 473-3674
(902) 473-2812
Dalhousie Family Medicine
Dalhousie Family Medicine Residency Sites
Residency at Dalhousie Family Medicine (Video)
Halifax Site (video)
Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Program
Maritime Resident Doctors

Program Contacts

Halifax Site
Dr. Susan Ripley
Site Director
(902) 473-4744

Dr. Daralyn DeBaie
Assistant Site Director
(902) 473-4700

Halifax Site - South Shore
Dr. Tarah Millen
Assistant Site Director
(902) 473-4744

Halifax Site - South Shore
Dr. Amy MacMullin
Assistant Site Director

Halifax Site
Dr. Kristian Lobban
Assistant Site Director
(902) 473-4744

Halifax Site
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
(902) 473-4744

Program Information
Dalhousie Family Medicine
Accreditation and CaRMS Administrator
(902) 473-3674

Important Information

To obtain a postgraduate training license after the conclusion of the match, Canadian Medical Graduates (CMG's) must have registered and challenged the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part 1 (MCCQE 1) by July 1, 2024. Those unsuccessful in the exam are subject to the decision of the regulatory authority regarding licensure.

Our program values the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) as a goal in the selection process. 

To help inform and advance EDI in our selection process we are pleased to offer the option to submit the voluntary CaRMS Self Identification Questionnaire. Additionally, there is an additional verification process for Indigenous membership or citizenship. Please see sections below for further information.

General Instructions

Program application language: English

Applicants must apply to and rank each of the Dalhousie Family Medicine sites individually. 

There will only be one interview per applicant although you may be applying to more than one Dalhousie Family Medicine Site.

The same personal letter MUST be used for all Dalhousie Family Medicine applications as only one letter will be reviewed per applicant.

FMProC Requirement for CaRMS 2024

Dalhousie University Family Medicine Program is excited to once again participate in the use of FMProC (Family Medicine Professional Choices; a Family Medicine-context specific Situational Judgement Test) as part of the resident selection process. 

All applicants will be required to write the FMProC test for their application to be deemed complete. Please note registration will open on September 20, 2023 and the testing window will be in early November 2023. Further details can be found here:   



Supporting Documentation / Information

Canadian citizenship
CaRMS partners with third-party organizations to verify your citizenship or permanent resident status. If your status is verified by one of these organizations, you will not need to provide citizenship documents in your application. If your citizenship status is not verified, you must provide one of the documents listed below.
Submit one of the following documents to verify your Canadian citizenship:
• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
• Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
• Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)


You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident at the time of application.

  • Score
  • Your FMProC assessment result is sent directly to CaRMS. The FMProC assessment is only valid for one admissions cycle. If you have taken the assessment in previous years, you are expected to re-take it.

    To register for the FMProC assessment visit

    Reference documents
    Number requested: 3

    For CARMS 2024, Family Medicine Programs continue with the adoption of the Canadian Family Medicine Structured Reference Letter (SRL). Any FM program requesting a reference will require the form. Traditional narrative letters will NOT be accepted. Should your referee submit a traditional letter it will not be reviewed and your application may be deemed incomplete. Please direct your referees to the SRL on the CaRMS website.

    It is required that a minimum of two (2) of the three (3) SRLs are obtained from those you have worked with in a clinical setting.


    Additional documents
    [Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

    Medical Student Performance Record 

    For current year Canadian medical graduates (CMGs), there is no action required from you. Your medical school will automatically submit your MSPR to CaRMS on your behalf for you to assign.
    If your MSPR is in a language other than the program language of English or French, you are required to have the document translated.

    Medical School Transcript 

    Your medical school transcript can be submitted through one of the methods below:

    1. Obtain your medical transcript from your school and upload it directly to your CaRMS Online account. Follow your school’s policy regarding accessing or requesting your transcript;
    2. Ask your medical school to upload your medical transcript through their CaRMS Undergraduate Portal account; or
    3. International (IMGs) and United States (USMGs) medical graduates can transfer their transcript from their account.

    Custom Résumé / CV 

    Please identify your high school of graduation and its location (city, province) in your CV.

    Personal Letter 
    Word count
    Minimum : None
    Maximum : 750

    A personal letter of introduction is a key component in our selection criteria and is required in addition to the CaRMS application. Candidates who fail to provide a personal letter WILL NOT BE RANKED.

    Your letter should be no more than 750 words in length. Topics to be covered in this letter are:

    • ANY GAP in training, TIME NOT ACCOUNTED FOR IN YOUR eCaRMS CV, additional time required to finish your MD program, or any failures experienced throughout your MD program or previous residency training programs MUST BE EXPLAINED in this letter
    • if you were unmatched in previous years, please advise what clinical/educational activities you've been involved in since that time
    • your concept of family medicine
    • reason for choosing family medicine

    • particular interest in the Dalhousie program

    • where you hope to practice

    • a brief biographical sketch

    • your reflection on how you meet our selection criteria

    If you have a personal relationship to the Maritime provinces, please ensure to explain that in your personal letter in addition to the above topics.


    Conditionally required
    Declaration of Indigenous Ancestry 

    If you have self-identified as Indigenous, we require additional information.

    Applicants shall provide a certified copy of one or more of the following documents with their application:

    1. A Certificate of Indian Status issued by the Government of Canada, or a First Nation recognized by the Government of Canada;
    2. Written confirmation of membership or citizenship with a federally recognized band or tribal authority in in the United States or Canada;
    3. Written confirmation of Inuit enrolment or a copy of an Inuit enrolment/beneficiary card issued by a modern Inuit treaty organization or government as follows:

    3.1 Inuvialuit Regional Corporation;

    3.2 Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated;

    3.3 Makivik Corporation;

    Nunatsiavut Government;

    1. Written confirmation of Métis citizenship/membership or a copy of a Métis citizenship/membership card provided by a Métis government as follows:

    4.1 Métis National Council governing members:

    Métis Nation – Saskatchewan;

    Métis Nation of Alberta;

    Métis Nation British Columbia;

    Métis Nation of Ontario;

    • Manitoba Métis Federation;
    • Métis Settlements of Alberta.

    Applicants who do not supply any of the documents listed above shall supply a 250-word statement with applicable supporting documentation that demonstrates how they meet the citizenship or membership criteria established by the recognized Indigenous nation to which they claim membership or citizenship.

    The above information is only made available to Dalhousie PGME, Program Director, and Program manager of applicable training programs and will only be used for purposes of the CaRMS matching process.

    Please see below for certification of documents.

    Certification of Documents

    Documents may be certified by one of the following professionals:

    1. Accountant
    2. Chief of a First Nations Band
    3. Commissioner for Oaths
    4. Employee of a Service Canada Centre acting in an official capacity
    5. Funeral Director
    6. Justice of the Peace
    7. Lawyer, Magistrate, or Notary
    8. Manager of a Financial Institution
    9. Regulated Medical or Health Practitioner
    10. Member of Parliament or their staff
    11. Member of a Provincial/Territorial Legislature or their staff
    12. Minister of Religion
    13. Municipal Clerk
    14. Official of a Federal/Provincial/Indigenous Government Department or one of its agencies
    15. Official of an Embassy, Consulate, or High Commission
    16. Police Officer
    17. Professional Engineer
    18. Social Worker
    19. Teacher
    20. University Professor or Staff

    The person certifying the document(s) must:

    1. Compare the original to the copy
    2. State their official position or title
    3. Print their name
    4. Sign their name
    5. Write the date they certified the document
    6. Provide their telephone number
    7. Write the following statement: This is a true copy of the original document, which has not been altered in any way

    Optional - will be reviewed
    Self-identification questionnaire 

    We invite candidates who have completed the voluntary CaRMS Self Identification questionnaire as part of their application to submit their responses to our program. This is a voluntary option for anyone who wishes to confidentially share their responses with us. All information received will be maintained as part of the application, which is handled with complete confidentiality. Any responses received will be used only to support our program’s and Dalhousie’s equity, diversity, and inclusion goals.

    Additionally, we invite applicable candidates to also complete Dalhousie’s verification process for Indigenous identity, membership, or citizenship.

    Candidates are not required to submit the CaRMS Self Identification questionnaire or to complete Dalhousie’s verification process, but for those that do feel comfortable doing so the information received would only be used to advantage those who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

    Review Process

    Applications submitted after file review has opened on December 2, 2023

    Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened  on  December 2, 2023

    Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on December 2, 2023



    • January 22, 2024
    • January 23, 2024
    • January 24, 2024
    • January 25, 2024
    • January 26, 2024
    Interviews will be conducted via an online platform. 

    Please note, only one interview date and time per applicant can be scheduled regardless of the number of Sites you apply to.

    Interviews are mandatory to be ranked by this program.

    We will be holding virtual Information Sessions the following dates and times (Atlantic Standard Time):

    Thursday November 2nd, 2023 from 7 – 9pm AST

    Wednesday November 22nd, 2023 from 7 – 9pm AST

    Saturday January 13th, 2024 from 12 – 2pm AST

    Please visit our Family Medicine event page (Link) for updates and registration.

    Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
    For questions please contact:

    Dalhousie Family Medicine

    Accreditation and CaRMS Adminstrator

    (902) 473-3674 (phone)

    (902) 473-2812 (phone)

    (902) 421-9215 (fax)


    Please note only one interview will be offered to each applicant.

    Selection Criteria

    Program goals

    The Dalhousie Department of Family Medicine’s program goal is to train residents to be family physicians who through education, research, comprehensive clinical care, and engagement in partnerships, meet the needs of Maritime communities.  Residents are trained to address health needs of all populations including underserved communities and individuals with complex needs, giving them the ability to practice in diverse family practice settings.  

    Our program and university value the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in residency education, and achieving a diverse and inclusive group of residents is a goal in our selection process. The CaRMS Self Identification Questionnaire advances diversity and inclusivity within the residency program.


    Selection process goals

    As a program we are looking for applicants with solid people skills, a variety of life experiences, an admirable work ethic and reasonable academic background. We look for evidence of commitment to family medicine in your personal letter. We are interested in candidates who are comfortable with self-directed learning, with teamwork, with seeking out the countless learning opportunities available, and with an interest in an appropriate balance between personal life, family, community and professional life.

    Dalhousie is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racialized persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

    Candidates are not required to submit the CaRMS Self Identification questionnaire or to complete the verification process for Indigenous identity, membership, or citizenship, but for those that do feel comfortable doing so the information received would only be used to advantage those who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

    Any self identification questionnaires received and the results of the verification process will be reviewed as part of our file review process, and used as an aid for file reviewers in selecting a diverse group of candidates for interviews. Information received may also be used by the program to adjust final rankings, at the discretion of the selection committee, to address issues of program priority and diversity.

    File review process

    Review team composition : Our review team includes faculty and resident file reviewers from each site.

    Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 401 - 600

    Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 76 - 100 %
    We endeavour to interview all CMG applicants based on capacity, except for those with incomplete applications. An application is deemed incomplete if any of the required documents are not received on or before the application and document assignments deadline of December 1, 2023 at 12:00 (noon) ET.

    Evaluation criteria :
    File component Criteria
    CV Please see Additional Documents section for details regarding CV content. Content evaluated.
    Electives Please see elective criteria section for details.
    Examinations Content evaluated.
    Extra-curricular Evidence of involvement in extra-curricular activities.
    Leadership skills Evidence of leadership experience is viewed positively.
    MSPRs Content evaluated.
    Personal letters Please see Additional Documents section for details regarding personal letter content.
    Reference documents Prefer at least one Reference Letter from a Family Physician or Generalist. Require a minimum of two letters from those worked with in a clinical setting.
    Research/Publications Interest or involvement in research.
    Transcripts Academic performance and gaps/extensions in training.
    Other file component(s) Reference Documents- We look for comments that the candidate is suited to a career in Family Medicine, comments about performance in a generalist setting as well as candidates' clinical experience and personal characteristics.

    Elective criteria

    We encourage applicants to have completed at least one elective in our discipline.
    We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

    We are looking for applicants who have completed a range of electives including in family medicine.  For students who have trained in an LIC in a family medicine practice, family medicine electives are not required.

    Interview process

    Interview format :

    We do not re-schedule interviews for applicants after we have completed the scheduling process.

    Interview evaluation criteria :
    Interview components Criteria
    Collaboration skills Ability to actively participate in a team environment.
    Collegiality We do not specifically evaluate this interview component.
    Communication skills Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English.
    Health advocacy We do not specifically evaluate this interview component.
    Interest in the discipline Demonstrated interest in Family Medicine.
    Interest in the program Interest in living in the Maritimes.
    Leadership skills We do not specifically evaluate this interview component.
    Professionalism We evaluate professionalism based on personal presentation and interactions.
    Scholarly activities We do not specifically evaluate this interview component.

    Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

    Specifically, we may consider:

    Ranking process

    The behavior(s) exhibited below during the interview process may prevent an applicant from being ranked by our program :

    Program Highlights

    The Dalhousie Program - An Overview:

    Have you always wanted to learn in a community setting where family physicians are respected and valued? If so, Dalhousie is the place for you. Teaching residents and students in communities across the Maritimes has been the focus of our department from its beginnings. Our aim is to encourage residents to become effective, compassionate family physicians who can care for their patients in hospital, ambulatory, and community settings. You will be able to learn office practice, in-patient care, Obstetrics, Procedures, and Emergency skills from family physicians who are skilled and experienced.

    What support is available to residents in the program including rural clinical learning experiences?

    Residents are only expected to pay rent in one location. Thus, if a resident has a lease or a mortgage, and the program requires them to live at another site for a period of time, the cost of the rent is reimbursed to the resident. Travel expenses are paid when a resident is required to move to a different site for a core clinical learning experience. If residents are required to travel to multiple sites during a core clinical learning experience, they are reimbursed for the additional kilometres. Travel to and from work is not reimbursed.

    Are there opportunities for electives?

    Residents in the Dalhousie University program can arrange up to four weeks of their elective time outside of the Maritime Provinces. Other elective time should be done in the Maritime Provinces.  Residents can apply to do more than four weeks outside the Maritime Provinces for global health experiences.

    What are the research requirements of the program?

    A resident project is required during the residency. Protected time is negotiated during the core family medicine clinical learning experience to work on this project. It is also expected that the residents will take advantage of any expertise available to them through their community practice clinical learning experiences. The purpose of the resident project is to introduce the resident to the process of finding answers to questions commonly encountered in primary care by critically reviewing the available literature. Where such answers are found lacking, the resident may choose to employ an appropriate methodology to design a study using proper scientific rigour, to answer that question.

    What about ATLS, ALARM, ACLS and NRP?

    Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) - All residents are required to have ACLS prior to beginning residency. During the residency, all residents are funded to attend an ATLS course, an ALARM course, an NRP course, and an ACLS refresher.

    How do residents learn evidence-based medicine and research skills?

    Current approaches to practicing evidence-based medicine are taught through patient and practice-based tutorials. Emphasis is on learning the skills to seek the research evidence to support clinical decision-making.

    What PGY3 positions are available?

    There are PGY3 positions in Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care and Care of the Elderly at Dalhousie. Individualized third year programs may also be available at a resident's request and initiative and subject to funding availability.


    THE HALIFAX PROGRAM - Introduction

    Halifax site residents have the opportunity to experience a vibrant, multi-cultural urban centre that is renowned for its Maritime setting, friendly atmosphere, welcoming neighbourhoods and a diverse economy.

    People who are adaptable and interested in travel and new experiences are ideally suited for the Halifax site. This site offers the most diversity in the program with a chance to live in different cities, experience family medicine with a variety of supervisors and to be a part of the largest resident group in the program.

    Applicants to the Halifax program must be aware of and accept that they may spend up to 2 - 3 months during the first year in New Brunswick (Fredericton, Moncton, or Saint John), and in the second year they must spend three (3) months in a community in the Maritimes.

    THE HALIFAX PROGRAM - Family Medicine Clinical Learning Experiences

    Core Family Medicine clinical learning experiences at the Halifax site are completed at the following Dalhousie Family Medicine Teaching Units:

    • Mumford Family Medicine – Mumford Professional Centre

    • Spryfield Wellness Centre – South Centre Mall 

    • Other HRM community clinics 

    The strength of family medicine rotations in Halifax is the opportunity to work on multi-disciplinary teams. Residents work in a collegial and stimulating atmosphere on one of the teams that includes family physicians (one of whom will be their primary preceptor), family practice nurses and a variety of other health care professionals (pharmacists, dietitians, and mental health professionals).

    Residents develop their own panel of patients throughout the core family medicine and clinical half-day back experiences.

    PGY1 residents also care for a panel of patients in a long-term care facility throughout core Family Medicine and participate in a long-term care curriculum. Each resident, in addition. will have (at minimum) one month of Hospitalist experience and 2 months of Emergency Medicine experience (adult and pediatrics).

    All of our family medicine teaching units have electronic medical record systems which receive on-line laboratory and radiology results and access to computer-based resources.  The clinics which participate in call have remote access to the EMR while on call.

    Family medicine preceptors at the Halifax site have many areas of expertise including Family Medicine Obstetrics, Long-Term Care, Wound Care, Emergency Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Medical Humanities, informatics and research.

    THE HALIFAX PROGRAM - Unique Features

    PGY1 residents at the Halifax site start residency with a four-week orientation block called Foundations in Family Medicine.  There will be no vacation time off approved during this month.

    Halifax residents have a weekly clinical half-day back with their core Family Medicine team during their entire residency (when in Halifax, during most off-service rotations) as well as protected weekly academic half day throughout the year, including while off-site.  Halifax site residents reporting to off-site rotations are released from service to attend all Halifax site’s online academic half day sessions.

    All residents have an academic half-day academic while on core Family Medicine.

    While on core Family Medicine in PGY2, residents regularly participate in Primary Care Obstetrics, Procedural Clinics, and Duty Clinics. In addition, PGY2 residents may select a horizontal elective (one day per week for 10-weeks during 20-week core Family Medicine block) from the following options: Care of the Frail and Elderly, Emergency Medicine, Hospital Medicine, and Obstetrics.

    PGY2 residents in Halifax have a Psychiatric experience during their core.  Placements are primarily out-patient based with emphasis on participating in collaborative mental health care and learning how to conduct risk assessments in an ED setting. Emphasis is on developing skills, knowledge and attitudes consistent with the needs of a practicing family physician.  All residents attend a 1-week Psychiatric Emergency Service rotation at the QEII ED during the PGY2 core Family Medicine block. 

    Halifax residents may participate on committees and have their own monthly resident meetings. For Halifax residents in specialty rotations at sister sites, these meetings are held online to encourage participation. Resident opinion and feedback are encouraged in Halifax and many positive changes in Halifax have been as a result of the input received from our residents (e.g. creating the Foundations month, holding procedure clinics, and horizontal electives).

    Halifax site residents may spend up to three (3) months of the PGY1 year at one of our sister sites across the Maritime provinces for specialty core rotations (e.g. Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics).

    This affords residents an opportunity to experience medicine in smaller Maritime communities and have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge base consistent with the needs of future family physicians.

    Some of the strengths of the Halifax program are:

    • Dedicated family medicine faculty with a variety of clinical and academic interests

    • Strong primary health care research division

    • Informatics expertise and resources

    • Multi-disciplinary team approach to care

    • Experience in primary care obstetrics with a strong family practice obstetrics group

    • Hospitalist and Emergency Medicine experiences to prepare residents in providing full-service care in their communities

    • Obstetrical Simulation Sessions

    • Procedural training

    • Long term care experience

    What is the ratio of residents to faculty during family medicine experiences?

    Often there is 1:1 supervision for PGY1s and rarely more than 1:2. Residents will have the opportunity to teach and supervise junior learners.

    What resources are available?

    In the family teaching units, all teaching practices have computer work-stations with high-speed internet access and are organized with electronic medical record (EMR) systems.  Remote access to the EMR is available to facilitate being on call.

    Residents have access to the Kellogg Health Sciences Library located at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine. Residents also have access to the hospital library at the QEII and IWK Health Centres. Because residents have a Dalhousie University ID number, they also have access to the Dalhousie Electronic Library when they are outside Halifax. This includes many online journals.

    What is the average patient load per resident?

    In Halifax, PGY1 residents see one patient every half hour during the core family medicine block. Direct feedback is given with each patient encounter in the PGY1 year. PGY2 residents strive to see one patient every fifteen minutes with feedback at the end of each clinical session. The goal for first-year residents is to see a minimum of 200+ patients upon completion of the core PGY1 family medicine block, and 400+ patients by the end of the core PGY2 family medicine block. As residents gain more experience and efficiency, they can see patients more frequently and independently. During the twelve-week PGY2/community family medicine rotation, residents are expected to work towards seeing the volume of patients a practicing family physician would see.

    Our Community and Region:

    Distance from nearest airport to Dalhousie Family Medicine 40km from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to the Halifax Site's medical education office, located at the 1465 Brenton Street, #402. Halifax.

    Residents are only expected to pay rent in one location and are responsible for securing accommodations.  Average cost of accommodation varies widely depending on the community.  If they are sent to another location for core rotations (not electives) accommodation and/or travel costs will be reimbursed by the employer.

    Resident contract  Maritime Resident Doctors

    Residents at Halifax site are granted 10 elective weeks which can be scheduled anywhere across the Maritime provinces. Up to four weeks of elective time is permitted to be scheduled outside of the Maritime Provinces. Residents can apply to do more than four weeks outside the Maritime Provinces for global health experiences.

    Other Location Information

    Halifax is a major urban centre in the Maritimes and the capital city of Nova Scotia.  To discover more about Halifax and the province of Nova Scotia, click Halifax and Nova Scotia.


    Program Curriculum

    This residency program is for 2 years.

    Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

    Program Curriculum

    The curriculum is set by the Department of Family Medicine’s Curriculum Sub-Committee which includes members from all ten teaching sites (Annapolis Valley, Cape Breton, Fredericton, Halifax, Miramichi, Moncton, North Nova, Prince Edward Island, Saint John and South West Nova). Topics include common problems in family medicine, complex clinical problems, palliative care, behavioural science, procedural medicine, and practice based small group learning modules developed by McMaster University for family physicians.

    Residents who are on rotations located off-site attend sessions remotely using web-based technology.

    PGY1 Curriculum

    PGY1 Clinical Learning Experiences


    Variations of clinic experiences may include:


    Foundations in Family Medicine

    4 weeks


    Halifax Sites’ academic centre and teaching clinics

    Core Family Medicine block

    12 weeks


    Mumford, Spryfield, or other HRM community clinics

    Clinical Half Days in family medicine


    Weekly, during on-site off-services.

    Mumford, Spryfield, or other HRM community clinics

    Emergency Medicine

    4 weeks


    Halifax Infirmary (Halifax, NS)

    Cobequid Community Health Centre (Lower Sackville)

    Dartmouth General Hospital (Dartmouth, NS)

    General Surgery

    4 weeks


    Dartmouth General Hospital (Dartmouth, NS)

    Moncton Hospital (Moncton, NB)

    Saint John Regional Hospital (Saint John, NB)

    Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital (Fredericton, NB)

    General Medicine

    8 weeks

    Internal Medicine

    Hospitalist Medicine

    Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre (Halifax Infirmary) or Dartmouth General Hospital

    Moncton Hospital (Moncton, NB)

    Saint John Regional Hospital (Saint John, NB)


    8 weeks

    General Inpatient Pediatrics

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine

    Normal Newborn Pediatrics

    Community Pediatrics

    Pediatric Ambulatory Clinics

    IWK Health Centre (Halifax, NS)

    Moncton Hospital (Moncton, NB)

    Saint John Regional Hospital (Saint John, NB)


    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    8 weeks

    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Family Medicine Obstetrics

    IWK Health Centre (Halifax, NS)

    Moncton Hospital (Moncton, NB)

    Saint John Regional Hospital (Saint John, NB)

    South Shore Regional Hospital (Bridgewater, NS)


    4 weeks

    Family medicine sub-specialties, Medicine sub-specialties, Surgical sub-specialties, Emergency Medicine, etc.

    Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, or within Halifax Regional Municipality.


    4 weeks


    Residents request and seek approval as per departmental procedure policy

    PGY2 Curriculum


    PGY2 Clinical Learning Experience


    Variations of clinic experiences may include:


    Core Family Medicine block

    18 weeks

    Includes Psychiatry

    Mumford, Spryfield, or other HRM community clinics

    Community Family Medicine

    12 weeks


    Maritime community outside HRM

    Clinical Half Days in family medicine


    Weekly, during on-site off-services.


    Critical Care

    4 weeks

    CCU, ICU, IMCU, Hospitalist

    Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre – Halifax Infirmary

    Dartmouth General Hospital

    Geriatric Medicine

    4 weeks


    Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre – Veterans’ Memorial Building

    Palliative Care Medicine

    4 weeks


    Victoria General Hospital



    *Integrated into 18-wk FM block as:

    Psychiatric Emergency Services week; and, one day per week (10-weeks)

    Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre; and, Halifax Regional Municipality.


    10 weeks


    Residents’ choice to be approved by Site Director.


    4 weeks


    Residents request and seek approval as per departmental procedure policy


    Training Sites


    Representatives from each of the ten sites, including residents, look forward to meeting you and introducing you to their community and our program. 

    Annapolis Valley - Monica Cumby

    (902) 679-2657 Ext. 3300


    Cape Breton - Inverness Site - Natasha Phillips

    (902) 258-1932 


    Cape Breton - Sydney - Kathleen Williams

    (902) 567-7741 


    Cape Breton - Integrated Family Medicine Emergency Medicine Program - Site Administrator

    (902) 567-7496  


    Fredericton - Stephanie Evans

    (506) 452-5705 


    Halifax and South Shore - Site Administrator

    (902) 473-4744


    Miramichi - Tara Black

    (506) 623-3357 


    Moncton - Susan Gallant

    (506) 857-5717


    North Nova - Glenda Gilliland

    (902) 893-5554 Ext. 42507


    Prince Edward Island - Verna McInnis

    (902) 894-2536


    Saint John Site and SJ Integrated Family Medicine Emergency Medicine Program - Joan Wilkins

    (506) 649-2582


    South West Nova - Heather Blackler

    (902) 742-3542 Ext. 1690


    Additional Information

    The first iteration will include two parallel streams. You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada to apply to either stream. One stream will be for Canadian Medical School Graduates (CMG) who have not had previous post-MD/clinical training. The second stream will be open to International Medical School Graduates (IMG) who have not had previous Canadian post-MD/clinical training. There will be IMG positions available at each of the following teaching sites: Annapolis Valley, Cape Breton, Halifax, North Nova, South West Nova in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Fredericton and Moncton in New Brunswick.

    All international medical school graduates matching in the first iteration will be required to sign a return of service contract with the Ministry of Health.  The return for service contract for the position in Prince Edward Island will be in Prince Edward Island; for the positions in Annapolis Valley, Cape Breton, South West Nova, North Nova, and Halifax will be in Nova Scotia; and the positions in Fredericton and Moncton will be in New Brunswick--all in Family Medicine.

    The application requirements for International Medical School Graduates applying in both the first and second iteration are the same.

    ONLY those IMG applicants who have been invited to participate in and have completed the first iteration, Dalhousie Family Medicine MMI will be considered and ranked for the second iteration selection.  Please see Dalhousie Family Medicine requirements for application requirements.


    How can I find out more about the program?

    We encourage you to contact any of the Associate Chief Residents in our program. Email addresses are available through our web site

    How do I get more information about scheduling electives?

    Due to the pandemic undergraduate electives in Family Medicine are not currently being offered to external applicants (non-Dalhousie students).

    Am I required to have a vehicle?

    Successful candidates are required to have a reliable form of transportation for commuting to all clinical rotations and educational experiences. Please note, public transit is not available in all regions across the Maritime provinces and therefore may not be a feasible option for travelling to the various locations where clinical and educational experiences take place.

    What is the current resident contract like?

    Visit the Maritime Resident Doctors website at

    Do Residents travel extensively?

    Travel is determined by the choices residents make for electives and range from extensive to minimal.

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