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College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Enyinnaya Ezema

A Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has released its disposition in the case of Dr. Enyiannaya Ezema, pursuant to Sections 53 and 115 of the Nova Scotia Medical Act. On September 17, 2017, the Committee found Dr. Ezema guilty of professional misconduct having breached professional and/or sexual boundaries arising from inappropriate comments and conduct toward two professional colleagues. The Hearing Committee resumed January, 2018 to hear submissions prepared by the College and counsel for Dr. Ezema regarding the penalty to be imposed. The Hearing Committee’s decision and disposition were released

Notice of Hearing Regarding Dr. Arif Samad

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 and/or incompetence regarding Dr. Arif Samad. The date and location of the Hearing once determined will be made available. Notice of Hearing (PDF - 2 pages) Addendum to the Notice of Hearing regarding Dr. Arif Samad July 18, 2019 Due to additional information having been received by the College, the Notice of Hearing Regarding Dr. Arif Samad has been withdrawn.  The matter has been resolved without a licensing sanction.  

College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Bradley Atkinson

The College gives notice of a Settlement Agreement reached between the College and Dr. Bradley Atkinson, approved by the Hearing Committee of the College on May 31, 2018. The written decision of the Hearing Committee with reasons for the approval of the Settlement Agreement will be provided when available and published on the College’s website when released. The effect of this Settlement Agreement is to immediately lift the suspension of Dr. Atkinson’s license to practise medicine imposed in June, 2016, permitting him to return to practice under restrictions as listed in the Settlement Agreement. Summary of Decision

New College President

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that Dr. Mary Oxner, PhD, CA, CFA, has been appointed College President for the 2018-2020 term. Dr. Oxner has had a distinguished career in the financial field, including acting as Senior Vice President of Quorum Funding Corporation and Chief Financial Officer of Quorum Growth Inc. Dr. Oxner currently works as an associate professor at the Gerald Schwartz School of Business at St. Francis Xavier University. Dr. Oxner has been serving as a public member of the Council since 2014. She currently sits on the Finance and Audit, Investigation and Executive committees. Physicians Elected to Council As a [...]

Annual General Meeting

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia invites you to attend its Annual General Meeting. When: Friday, May 25, 2018 3:30 p.m. Where: College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia 7071 Bayers Road, Suite 5005 Halifax If you wish to attend, please RSVP no later than Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Carolyn MacDonald 902.421.2209 Annual General Meeting Package

Practice-Ready Assessment in Family Medicine

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

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor announced March 26 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. As with all questions on expanding the scope of practice, the College expects physicians intending to prescribe [...]

College Announces Retirement of Dr. Erica Gilliatt

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: