Re-Entering Medical Practice or Changing Scope of Practice

Under Review: No Issued by Council: January 1, 2010


  1. A physician must notify the College when the physician intends to return to medical practice after an absence or retirement of three (3) years or more.
  2. A physician who is returning to medical practice after an absence or retirement of three (3) years or more must undergo a review by the Registrar and may be required to complete an assessment and retraining satisfactory to the Registrar prior to returning to medical practice.
  3. A physician who intends to substantially change his or her medical practice by adding medical services which the physician has not provided on a frequent or continuous basis over the previous three (3) years:
    1. must notify the Registrar;
    2. must provide documentary evidence satisfactory to the Registrar attesting to the acquisition of training, experience, and/or competence to perform the proposed change in medical services; and
    3. may be required to complete an assessment and training or retraining satisfactory to the Registrar prior to initiating the proposed change in medical services.


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For archived standards, policies and guidelines:
Chantelle.Brigden@cpsa.ab.ca