Update: February 19, 2019

The College has received a sufficient number of applications to fill available CSAT spaces for the upcoming year.  As such, the application process is now closed (effective 2:00 PM NL, February 19, 2019)

For those applicants who have submitted their application for the CSAT Program prior to the deadline, your application will be assessed and you will be notified of the result.


Beginning Monday, February 18, 2019, the College will accept applications for the Clinical Skills Assessment and Training (CSAT) Program. While there is no scheduled end date, applications will only be accepted until such time that a pool of qualified applicants has been identified for spaces available during the upcoming year.

Physicians interested in CSAT must apply through physiciansapply.ca.


Requirements set by Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine CSAT Program:

  1. Applicants to enter CSAT in Newfoundland and Labrador must have completed a minimum of 12 months postgraduate training, which includes a minimum of an eight-week rotation in each of Medicine, Surgery and Paediatrics and an eight-week rotation in either Obstetrics/Gynaecology or Psychiatry.


  2. As a minimum requirement, applicants must have successfully completed the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part 1. Because spaces are limited, applicants who have successfully completed the MCCQE Part II will be in a more competitive position when applications are being considered.

    Furthermore, applicants who have successfully completed the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) with a minimum score of 70 will be in a more competitive position when applications are being considered.

  3. Applicants must meet the College’s Language Proficiency Standards.


  4. Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or have Permanent Resident Status.


  5. Applicants must have been in verifiable, active practice as a family physician for ALL of the following periods:


    • A minimum cumulative period of 36 months that encompasses at least 12 months in a compatible postgraduate training program and a further 24 months in active practice following postgraduate training


    • At least 50% of the period beginning on the date of commencement of a postgraduate training program that is completed and accepted by CPSNL as being compatible with entry into family medicine and ending on the date which is 36 months immediately prior to application to CPSNL for the licensure process


    • At least one continuous period of three months within the 36 months prior to application to CPSNL for the licensure process


    • “Active practice” means active practice compatible in the College’s assessment with entry into family medicine, and includes participation in a postgraduate training program which was completed and accepted by CPSNL as being compatible with entry into family practice. When in family practice, only periods of a minimum of three continuous months will be considered when determining the cumulative period in active practice.


  6. Applicants must not have had any significant interruption in their family practice or significant time out of practice as defined by the College.


  7. Applicants approved for educational registration to enter the CSAT training component must obtain sponsorship from a Regional Health Authority before entering training.


Limited CSAT placements/ranking criteria

The number of eligible applicants will likely exceed the number of available CSAT placements.  Based on current CSAT placement availability, CSAT may conduct 15 assessments within the next year.  Assessments are done individually and the training schedules are also individualized.

CSAT will arrange training schedules based on availability of preceptors. Assessment will be given to those applicants that meet the eligibility criteria for assessment and have sponsorship from a Regional Health Authority.

Applicants should also consider completing ACLS, ATLS and PALS. Completing these course may also improve the applicant’s acceptability for the limited number of positions for assessment and entry to the CSAT training.

The College is not responsible for delays in the application process due to incomplete information or delays in receiving information from the Applicant or third parties.  The College will inform applicants if/when they are referred to the CSAT for assessment.