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Medical Specialists in New Brunswick

New Brunswick’s medical specialists are essential to the province’s health system, working mainly in our hospitals and specialized clinics, collaborating with treatment teams, teaching at our universities, and conducting medical research. Throughout New Brunswick’s health regions, medical specialists who have completed advanced education and clinical training in their area of expertise are primarily responsible for diagnosing patients and administering medical procedures in anesthesiology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, allergy and immunology, internal medicine, emergency medicine, nephrology, neurology, medical oncology, pediatrics, pulmonary medicine, psychiatry, rheumatology, and other specialized areas of medicine.

Recruitment Incentives for Medical Specialists

There are recruitment incentives available for medical specialists who choose to practice in New Brunswick. See the latest incentives and requirements here (PDF).

Personal Characteristics and Skills

  • A genuine interest in the welfare of people
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good bedside manner
  • Self-motivation and high ethical standards
  • Compassion and maturity
  • Patience, empathy, respect
  • Good manual dexterity and attention to details
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Stamina required to work long hours
  • Ability to make decisions in stressful situations
  • Capacity and eagerness to learn new skills and information

Medical specialists in New Brunswick have a variety of important roles, including but not limited to:

  • Examining and diagnosing patients
  • Treating diseases and physiological disorders
  • Prescribing medication, treatment, and surgical procedures
  • Providing counselling based on their area of expertise
  • Ordering diagnostic procedures, such as x-rays and laboratory tests
  • Acting as consultants to other physicians
  • Conducting medical research

The average workweek of a medical specialist is incredibly diverse – every day and every patient is entirely unique. Because of this, medical specialists often work irregular hours and are often required to provide after-hours and weekend on-call services. While this type of work can be demanding, it is also incredibly rewarding.

Medical specialists may work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Private practice
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Universities
  • Medical schools


To become a medical specialist, you must have completed a doctorate of medicine (MD) from a school of medicine accredited program, followed by a Medical Residency training program in the area of specialization.

In addition, to practice in New Brunswick, Family Physicians and General Practitioners must be licensed with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick and be members of the New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS).

New Brunswick’s two regional health authorities – Vitalité Health Network and Horizon Health Network – typically require medical specialists to have a certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in their specific area of specialization.


Education programs offered in New Brunswick include:

Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB) – English program

Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick – French program