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Practice-Ready Assessment in Family Medicine 

April 5, 2018

The College welcomes the recent Department of Health and Wellness funding announcement of a Practice-Ready Assessment (PRA) program for Family Medicine in Nova Scotia. College staff have worked alongside other stakeholders in defining the program model and will continue to be engaged over coming months as the program is more fully developed.

Procedures for receiving applications, screening the credentials of prospective candidates and selection into the clinical practice assessment will be announced by the program as they are developed.

The new PRA program will not be managed by the College. For further information please contact the Department of Health and Wellness or the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Prescribing Methadone – Removal of Health Canada Exemption

March 29, 2018

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor announced March 26th the federal government will introduce regulatory amendments to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA).

Currently, physicians who wish to prescribe methadone for the treatment of pain or for use in opioid replacement therapy, must apply for an exemption from the CDSA.  For an application to be approved, Health Canada requires a letter of support from the College.  The proposed amendments, anticipated to be in place in May, will lift the need for such exemptions. Read More…

College Announces Retirement of Dr. Erica Gilliatt

March 8, 2018

Dr. Erica Gilliatt has retired from the practice of medicine effective January 24, 2018. As such, Dr. Gilliatt will no longer provide medical advice.

If you were a patient of Dr. Gilliatt and have questions regarding your medical records, please contact Dr. Gilliatt by phone or email. Phone number: 902-800-2988. Email:

College Welcomes Immigration Announcement

February 22, 2018

The College welcomes today’s announcement by Immigration Minister Lena Diab of a new immigration stream for doctors looking to come to the province. Read more…



Disciplinary Decisions & Interim Licence Sanctions

College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Eugene Ignacio

March 7, 2018

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that as a result of a complaint and pursuant to the Nova Scotia Medical Act, Dr. Eugene Ignacio has agreed to a reprimand issued by the College. Summary of Decision

College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Marwan Tolba

February 6, 2018

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that as a result of a complaint and pursuant to the Nova Scotia Medical Act, Dr. Marwan Tolba has agreed to reprimands issued by the College. Summary of Decision



Licensed Physicians in Nova Scotia as of February 28, 2018

Licence Type Total
Full Licence 2,231
Defined Licence 99
Academic Licence 63
Clinical Assistant 24
Restricted Licence 15
Defined Licence – Term 3
Total 2,435

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


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Upcoming Events:

Safe Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

Doctors Nova Scotia Annual Conference

  • June 8 and 9 in Membertou, NS


About the College

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​

The College’s Strategic Plan 2017-2018