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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.

Nomination Requirements

This award is granted to a community-based Nova Scotia physician recognized by their peers as a role model, who demonstrates professionalism in service to their patients, profession, and community. The call for nominations takes place in February each year.

  • 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.

Unsuccessful nominations from previous years may be resubmitted for consideration.