North Nova

Warm beaches, warm people. Welcome to a beautiful, inviting, and rewarding place to call home.


North Nova


The Northumberland Straight has more warm-water ocean beaches than anywhere else in Atlantic Canada. But when residents aren’t getting sand between their toes, they enjoy the local wine industry, fresh lobster, and Celtic culture that defines life in this beautiful region. From Amherst to Antigonish and everywhere in between, this place is as affordable as it is charming, and as connected to the sea as the people are connected to each other. A true community feeling in which to work and play.

  • A variety of diverse housing opportunities 

  • Low cost of living 

  • Triple-C competency-based curriculum, longitudinal integrated curriculum

  • A rich Scottish heritage defines life in this area 

  • Ideal for residents interested in rural and small community life 

  • Bike trails, water sports, beaches, and parks 


Opening in July 2019


North Nova facilities


Residents are based in vibrant communities from Antigonish through to New Glasgow and Truro, on to Amherst and Cumberland. The academic teaching centre is based in Truro, using technology, when necessary, for connections. 

  • The third site in the Dalhousie program to offer integrated competency-based program centred on family medicine

  • Continuity of experience is maintained, as residents work primarily in the same family medicine environment

  • Based on a preceptor model

  • Residents will be responsible for a cohort of patients over the two-year program

  • Opening July 2019


Salary and benefits


During your residency in North Nova, as with all our residency sites, your salary will be very competitive.


$64,852 – $70,103

2019 PGY1 - PGY2 salary amounts

The Curriculum


In the North Nova site, resident training is focused on the College of Family Physicians of Canada Triple-C competency-based curriculum, delivered in a longitudinal integrated format with family medicine being the largest component.


Clinical experiences


PGY1 and PGY2 experiences

  • Core family medicine

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Internal medicine

  • Orthopedics


To cross reference and compare the sites in our program, find more information by clicking below.

  • General surgery

  • Pediatrics

  • Hospitalist

  • Psychiatry

  • Palliative medicine

  • Obstetrics and gynecology

  • Geriatrics

  • Intensive care

  • Selectives


Meet our passionate North Nova site director

Love your life while learning family medicine! Here you will experience that work/life balance is paramount. You're close to towns with amenities, but also so close to nature with oodles of trails and activities for the outdoor enthusiast. The best way to describe the experience of being here is seaside medicine with no traffic, no commute. The medical staff is supportive and you'll feel like everyone has your back. In my perspective, it takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a community to train a family physician.

- Deanna Field
Site director, North Nova site


Sound like a good fit?

If you want to learn more about a residency in North Nova, get in touch. Our North Nova staff would be happy to answer all of your questions.


Dr. Deanna Field
Site director
(902) 895 - 1556 ext 2

Glenda Gilliland
Site administrator
(902) 893 - 5554 ext 42507

Dr. Jamie Grandy
Associate chief resident