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Annual Gold-Headed Cane Award

Is there a Physician in your community who exhibits outstanding professionalism? Consider nominating your colleague for the College’s 2019 Gold-Headed Cane Award for Professionalism in the Practice of Medicine.

This award is granted to a community-based Nova Scotia physician who is recognized by their peers as being a role model and demonstrates professionalism in service to their patients, profession and community.

Nominations must be received by February 28, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. 

Notice of Hearing Withdrawal Regarding Dr. James Leahy

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia and Dr. James Leahy have entered into an agreement to resolve the outstanding allegations against him with Dr. Leahy’s agreement to permanently retire. The College agrees that the terms of the agreement are in the best interests of the public and the profession. The College withdraws the Notice of Hearing.

Council Approves Revised Professional Standards

At its December meeting, the Council of the College approved the following revised professional standards:

Physicians are expected to stay current with professional standards and guidelines. The complete catalogue of professional standards and guidelines is available any time to all physicians on the College website.

Notice of Hearing Regarding Dr. Sarah Jones

Pursuant to the Medical Act, a Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will convene to consider allegations of professional misconduct, incompetence, conduct unbecoming and incapacity regarding Dr. Sarah Jones. The Hearing will be held at the offices of McInnes Cooper on a date to be determined.

Notice of Hearing

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College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Juan Rivas

The College gives notice of a Settlement Agreement reached between the College and Dr. Juan Rivas, approved by the Hearing Committee of the College. The Hearing Committee orally approved the Settlement Agreement, with an agreed upon amendment, on January 18, 2019 and issued its written decision on February 5, 2019. The Settlement Agreement results in a three month suspension for Dr. Rivas.  This suspension began on January 18, 2019. The written decision of the Hearing Committee with reasons for the approval of the Settlement Agreement is provided below.

Hearing Decision


Licensing Statistics as of Aug. 31, 2018.

*This data represents a physician head count, not a total of full-time equivalent practising physicians. Read More

Licence Type Total
Full Licence 2,298
Defined Licence      88
Academic Licence      66
Clinical Assistant      23
Restricted Licence      16
Defined Licence – Term        1
Total 2,492


The Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment Program(NSPRAP) is an assessment program for international medical graduates (IMGs) who:

  • have completed residencies in family medicine outside of Canada; and
  • are unable to meet Nova Scotia licensing requirements.

Program eligibility requirements.

For more information, please contact

Upcoming Events:

The Prescribing Course – Safe Opioid Prescribing

The Atlantic Mentorship Network – Pain & Addiction Conference

The Canadian Conference on Medical Education

Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership

About the College

The College’s 2017 Annual Report (PDF – 32 pages)

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia serves the public by regulating the province’s medical profession in accordance with the Nova Scotia Medical Act and its regulations.

All physicians in Nova Scotia must be licensed by the College in order to practise medicine in the province.

The duties of the College include:

  • Licensing qualified and competent physicians to practise medicine
  • Investigating and resolving physician-related complaints on behalf of the public
  • Monitoring and maintaining standards of practice through peer assessment
  • Developing professional standards and guidelines to support high standards of medical practice and ethical conduct

Strategic Plan: 2018 – 2019
2017 Annual Report & Financial Statements