Given the public health directives in response to the recent increase in COVID cases, licensed physicians may be asked by their Health Authority to contribute to the pandemic response in ways outside their normal scope of practice. The College wishes to reassure physicians its support of this measure. When deployed by a Health Authority to support the pandemic response, the College will not hold physicians to practice within a scope strictly consistent with recent training and experience. This approach applies to Physicians privileged and working [...]
Retired physicians within three years of practice may be eligible for an Emergency Licence. The College is working closely with Nova Scotia Health to license those retired physicians wishing to assist in the COVID-19 immunization efforts. There is no fee for this emergency licensure. A streamlined process is in place to quickly issue such licences. Physicians who are interested in supporting immunization clinics have been asked by Nova Scotia Health to complete please complete
The College has instituted a new policy in recognition of the postponement of the Medical Council of Canada’s Qualifying Examinations Part II. As a result of this exam delay, a number of physicians are unable to meet the requirements of obtaining LMCC for Full licensure. The College’s Pandemic-Related Exceptions to the Requirement for the MCCQE Part II Policy allows exceptions for those who were affected by the postponement of this qualifying examination. Review the new policy.
The MCC’s cancellation of the October sitting of the MCCQE II has impacted physicians across the country. We recognize the concerns of postgraduate trainees, newly graduated postgraduate trainees and physicians on a Defined licence who all are required to obtain the MCCQE II. We understand the challenges and ramifications of this examination postponement. Those physicians impacted are assured of ongoing licensure and the ability to practise in Nova Scotia. We have heard issues raised regarding logistical challenges as well as questions regarding the relevance of the MCCQE II. [...]
The College is evoking measures available under the Medical Act, to ensure graduating PGTs receive licensure. The College can issue provisional licensure, also referred to as a defined licence, to graduating PGTs. This licence type requires sponsorship and supervision. Read more.
Recently retired Nova Scotia physicians can apply for a restricted licence to help in the pandemic response at no cost. This restricted licence is time-limited and specific to addressing the response to COVID-19 as directed by NSHA and IWK. Basic Criteria To be eligible you must: Have had a full licence at the time of retirement in Nova Scotia (not provisional or restricted)Have practised in Nova Scotia within the last 3 yearsPlan to work within your [...]
(The following was published in the Chronicle Herald March 14, 2020) These are nervous times. As we await the first case of COVID-19 in our province, fear and confusion could easily overwhelm us. There are, however, important reminders and reassurances to offset our anxiety. Unlike many other countries affected by this pandemic, Canada has a robust public health system. In Nova Scotia, we have the necessary expertise and infrastructure to respond well to this challenge.