Preparing for Practice in Nova Scotia

The Welcome Collaborative is designed to support physicians who have trained outside of Canada, have been issued a licence, and are new to practising in Nova Scotia. It is an orientation program aimed to help physicians to successfully integrate into the healthcare system.

Learn about the program


News & Upcoming Events

May 29, 2024

College Standards Approved

The following professional standards were approved by the College’s governing Council composed of physicians and public members…

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May 28, 2024

June is Pride Month

The Welcome Collaborative recognizes Pride Month and celebrates the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

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April 29, 2024

May 1 is Doctor’s Day in Nova Scotia

May 1st marks Doctors Day here in Nova Scotia. The Welcome Collaborative recognizes the dedication of physicians and medical learners in caring for their patients throughout the province.

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April 17, 2024

Welcoming Academic Licensed Physicians

Academic licensees trained outside of Canada often face gaps in their onboarding to the healthcare system in Nova Scotia.

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March 12, 2024

The SignPost – March

The Welcome Collaborative orientation program supports the integration of physicians trained outside of Canada (PTOCs) to successfully practice in the Nova Scotian healthcare system…

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February 27, 2024

Upcoming Orientation Sessions

The Welcome Collaborative’s next 3-day orientation session is in June at the offices of the College.

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December 7, 2023

The SignPost – December

The Welcome Collaborative orientation program is the first of its kind in Canada designed for physicians who have trained outside of Canada to successfully integrate into the Nova Scotian healthcare system.

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November 15, 2023

Featured Resources

Support for newcomer physicians is available. Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, physician jobs, finances and insurance.

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July 14, 2023

Who Can Attend the Welcome Collaborative

Physicians trained outside of Canada and issued a licence to practice in NS are invited to a 3-Day orientation program.

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Members of the Advisory Council: Dr. Yinka Akin-Deko, Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed, Dr. Emmanuel Ajuwon

Meet our Advisory Council

The Welcome Collaborative is guided by an Advisory Council. Drawing from the professional, academic, and lived experience of its members.

The Advisory Council advises on the challenges and barriers faced by physicians trained outside of Canada upon arrival in Nova Scotia.

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Great quality presentations and presenters. Really useful to help in understanding how the health system works (including outside of your specialty). Sharing our experiences with other foreign-trained physicians was great and comforting. It is also great to see the College cares about us. It gave me more energy for the future.

Welcome Collaborative Physician Participant
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