New Specialist Residency Spaces

We continue to work on different ways to recruit and retain both family doctors and specialists. Just the other day, the Speech from the Throne noted that since April of last year, 160 family doctors and specialists have started working in Nova Scotia.

We know there is more we can do, and that work doesn’t stop.

In addition to recruiting primary care providers, your Liberal government knows more specialists can help reduce wait times and improve access to care. And, similar to recruiting family doctors, we know increasing residency opportunities is one of the best approaches – it’s one of our most effective recruiting tools.

Research shows residents who train in Nova Scotia stay in Nova Scotia. That’s why we’re adding 15 new spaces to Dalhousie University’s Specialist Residency program. They will be in place next July.

The additional spaces will be added in:

• emergency medicine (2 spaces)
• core internal medicine (2 spaces)
• general internal medicine (2 spaces)
• child and adolescent psychiatry (2 spaces)
• neurology (adult)
• obstetrics and gynecology
• critical care
• geriatric psychiatry
• palliative medicine
• ear, nose and throat (head and neck surgery)
• dermatology

Your Liberal government is investing $1.5 million in the additional spaces annually. The additions bring the number of provincially funded specialist spaces to 65. Nova Scotia is the only province in the country adding new spaces to its family medicine and specialist residency programs.

Residents will spend one to five years training in their specialty, doing rotations in various locations across the province as they complete their residencies. This means more residents will get the training they need, and Nova Scotians will benefit from their expertise at the same time.