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Gold-Headed Cane Award

The College’s Gold-Headed Cane Award recognizes an outstanding Nova Scotia physician who exemplifies professionalism in service to patients, the profession, and the community.

The College’s annual province-wide recognition is awarded as part of a co-sponsored Gold-Headed Cane ceremony in partnership with the Humanities in Medicine Program at Dalhousie University Medical School. Read about our past award recipients.


A Call for Nominations occurs in February each year, and the award ceremony follows in the Spring. Unsuccessful nominations from previous years can be resubmitted for consideration.

Nomination Requirements

  • You and the nominee must be licensed to practice medicine in Nova Scotia
  • You must submit a letter detailing how the nominee exhibits outstanding professionalism in service to their patients, profession, and community
  • You must include a biography and/or CV (curriculum vitae) of the nominee
  • You may include letters of support from other physicians

Nominations for the Gold-Headed Cane Award closed February 28, 2020.
Please check back next year to nominate a colleague!