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Revised Professional Standards Approved by Council & Retirement of Mifegymiso Prescribing Standard

At its December meeting, the Council of the College revised and approved the following professional standards and guidelines: Professional Standards Regarding the Authorization of Marijuana for Medical Purposes Professional Standards Regarding Review of Monitored Drug History Before Prescribing College Council also approved the retirement of the Professional Standards Regarding Prescribing Mifegymiso. Whereas there was no standardized approach to prescribing Mifegymiso, in large measure due to conflicting interpretations of the product’s monograph; there was confusion among prescribers. In [...]

Late Fees for Medical Licence & Corporation Permit Renewal in Effect

Medical licence and corporation permit renewal was open for the month of November. Renewals received between December 1 and December 31, 2017 are now subject to the following late fees: Medical licence renewal late fee: $462.50 Corporation permit renewal late fee: $25.00 If you are licensed to practise medicine in Nova Scotia, you must renew your medical licence. As per the Nova Scotia Medical Act, a medical licence expires if not renewed by January 1, 2018.

Presentation by Opioid Expert Dr. David Juurlink Oct 17 in Halifax

The past two decades have witnessed a dramatic increase in opioid prescribing, along with an increase in opioid-related harms. Dr. David Juurlink’s lecture, “Reflections on the North American Opioid Crisis" will discuss the measures needed to reduce the toll of opioid addiction and improve the care of patients with chronic pain. Dr. David Juurlink is the Eaton Scholar and professor of medicine, pediatrics and health policy at the University of Toronto, where he is director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology. Biography… When Tuesday, October 17, 2017 [...]

Notice of Hearing Regarding Dr. Enyinnaya Ezema

A Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will convene to consider allegations of professional misconduct and conduct unbecoming against Dr. Enyinnaya Ezema. The Hearing will take place at the offices of McInnes Cooper (Suite 1300, Purdy’s Wharf, Tower II, 1969 Upper Water Street, Halifax Nova Scotia) on August 1, 2, 3, and 4 beginning at 9:30 a.m. each day. Hearings of the College of Physicians and Surgeons are open to the public except when, upon application by a party involved, the Hearing Committee determines that all or part of the proceedings should be closed. Please note that audio and video recording are not permitted at College Hearings. No further information about this Hearing is currently available for [...]

Dalhousie University – Faculty of Medicine Admissions Review Committee Report Now Available

Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine has released its 2016 Admissions Review Committee Report. The purpose of the review was to ensure that the admissions process bolstered the Faculty of Medicine’s commitment to service, excellence and broad considerations of diversity. The review committee was led by Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. The review committee included a public member and experts in the fields of medicine, law, diversity, university admissions, and undergraduate medical education. Dalhousie University Admissions Review [...]

Go Slow When Tapering Patients on High Dose Opioids

The College’s Council recently endorsed the 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain as evidence of best practice. Among the many recommendations, the guidelines identify that opioids are not a first line choice for chronic non-cancer pain. When opioids are indicated, an upper limit of 90 morphine equivalents per day is strongly recommended. As you incorporate these new guidelines into your practice, I would ask you pay particular attention to the [...]

College Past President Dr. Elizabeth Mann Recognized

Dr. Elizabeth Mann was awarded the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Honorary Membership Award at the recent annual general meeting of Doctors Nova Scotia. Dr. Mann was recognized in honour of her 37-year career as a general internist in Halifax. As a general internist, Dr. Mann provided medical care to patients at the Victoria General Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre and the North End Community Health Centre. Dr. Mann also served on the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia from June 2007 until May 2017. Dr. Mann served as President of the College from 2012 to 2014. During her tenure on [...]

College Registrar & CEO Reappointed

D.A. (Gus) Grant, AB, LLB, MD, CCFP, ICD.D Reappointed as College Registrar & CEO The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the reappointment of Dr. D.A. (Gus) Grant as Registrar and CEO. Initially appointed to the post in 2011, Dr. Grant sits on the Board of the Medical Council of Canada, is the Past President of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada, is a member of the Council of the Nova Scotia Regulated Health Professions Network, and is the Chair of the Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Program. Dr. Grant presently sits on the province's Leadership Committee on Opioid Drug Misuse and Overdose. Dr. Grant has practised both law [...]

22nd Annual General Meeting

All members and associate members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia are invited to attend its 22nd Annual General Meeting. Date: Friday, May 26, 2017 Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia Suite 5005, 7071 Bayers Road Halifax, NS B3L 2C2 If you wish to attend, please RSVP Carolyn MacDonald at 902-421-2209 or via email at by Wednesday, May 17, 2017. 22nd Annual General Meeting Package (PDF - 2 pages)

Revised Professional Standards Approved by Council

At its March meeting, the Council of the College approved the following professional standards and guidelines: Professional Standard Regarding Care of Patients Who Have Received Treatment Outside Canada Professional Standard Regarding Review of Monitored Drug History Before Prescribing Physicians are expected to stay current with professional standards and guidelines. The complete catalogue of professional standards and guidelinesis available any time to all physicians on the [...]