The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador's Orientation Program is intended for doctors who have applied to the College for a licence to practise medicine in the province.

It is one element of a province-wide orientation project developed jointly by the Department of Health and Community Services, the province’s four regional health authorities, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, the Faculty of Medicine, and other health professional organizations.

The province-wide program is intended to provide doctors with a smooth transition to practise in a new place, a new community and for many, a new culture.

The College’s orientation program consists of the following components. The College expects applicants to be thoroughly familiar with information contained in these components before receiving a licence.

An Orientation Guide for New Physicians in Newfoundland and Labrador is a reference book. It presents information on topics that doctors are likely to face each day.

The guide contains a summary on each topic, grouped under major subject headings. The sections cover self-regulation, the College, ethics and issues likely to be encountered in day – to - day practice. Each summary contains live links to more information that is available on the Internet.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Physician Orientation Guide is a similar resource book that provides an overview of the health system in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Writing Prescriptions is a self-directed learning module developed by the College and the Professional Development and Conferencing Service of the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University.

It describes the physician - pharmacist relationship, the legal and other requirements for writing prescriptions in Newfoundland and Labrador, and provides Internet links to more information.



Personal Health Information Act online education program


The Personal Health Information Act online education program is a self-directed online learning program developed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information. It familiarizes doctors with the provincial law on personal health records, privacy, and confidentiality of patient information.

The College requires all applicants to complete the PHIA online education program and forward a copy of the program completion certificate to the College before receiving a license.

To help with registration, logging on, and other administrative issues, NLCHI and the College have prepared a user guide. Users can also contact the NLCHI help desk at 709-752-6006 or 1-877-752-6006.

For more information on the Personal Health Information Act, check the College’s PHIA page.

IMG Communications is a series of three modules developed by Professional Development and Conferencing Services of the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University to assist international medical graduates as they make the transition to practicing in Canada.

There is no registration fee for this program.

Doctors will need to register with Memorial's MDcme.ca website and obtain a username and password in order to complete the modules:  create an account

Module 1: Patient-Centred Interview

Patient-centred care focuses on the person as opposed to the disease. A disease is what many people may have in common, but illness is an experience that is different for each person. This module will introduce the art of patient-centred interviewing through didactic content, video clips, and reflection.

Module 2: Cultural Differences

The goal of this module is to familiarize international medical graduates with some key cultural differences in Canada that may create barriers to effective doctor-patient communication.

The course includes strategies to approach sensitive issues and discuss treatment options, as well as recognition of recognize cultural differences in non-verbal communications.

Module 3: Understanding Relationships

Relationships are a key component of effective care. This module will discuss professionalism and communication among members of the health care team. It will also cover relationship problems such as interpersonal conflict and boundaries.


In addition to the College's orientation program, the College has also developed a list of documents available for new physicians entering medical practise under the jurisdiction of the College.  The College expects applicants to review these documents as soon as reasonably possible.  These documents include:
CMA Code of Ethics
(Adobe PDF File)
College Regulations
(Adobe PDF File)
By-Law 6 - Medical Records
(Adobe PDF File)
CPSNL - Annual Report 2015
(Adobe PDF File)
Atlantic Mentorship Network
(Adobe PDF File)