11/08/2013 10:40 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Nova Scotia's health minister says 13 new doctors to work in rural communities

WINDSOR, N.S. - Nova Scotia Health Minister Leo Glavine says 13 new family doctors have been recruited to work in rural areas under a provincial program.

Glavine says the doctors have set up practices in 11 communities across the province and are to begin seeing patients this fall and winter.

The doctors have been recruited under the clinician assessment for practice program.

The program assesses the clinical skills of international medical graduates and allows them to enter family practices in Nova Scotia without Canadian residency training.

The Health Department says the program, in place since 2005, has recruited 69 family doctors to date.