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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 […]

Holiday Message

At this time of year, like most organizations, the College sends out season’s greetings to all. This year, in lieu of holiday cards, we have made a donation to support the work of the non-profit organization Direction 180. Direction 180 is a community-based methadone program located in the North End of Halifax. Direction 180 aims to facilitate their clients recovery through counseling, case management, medical supervision, and provision of methadone. The College wishes to thank all organizations working to improve the health and well-being of communities across our province. We […]

College Professional Standard Regarding Medical Assistance in Dying Now Available

Canada’s federal legislation outlining the process and eligibility for medical assistance in dying in Canada received royal assent June 17th. The College’s Professional Standard Regarding Medical Assistance in Dying has been revised to ensure alignment with Bill C-14. Eligible patients will be able to access medical assistance in dying through the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Physicians are asked to contact the College if they require further clarification.

Health-Care Team Members Offering Medical Assistance in Dying in Nova Scotia Will Not Be Prosecuted

The province’s Public Prosecution Service issued a Directive June 16th confirming it will not prosecute any physicians or members of a health-care team, who participate in the provision of medical assistance in dying that falls within the scope of the Supreme Court of Canada’s Carter decision. “For us, that removes what was really the only lingering concern about whether this service could be delivered easily in the absence of federal legislation,” said Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. The Directive […]

Professional Standard Regarding Medical Assistance in Dying for Nova Scotian Physicians

The suspension of the Supreme Court of Canada’s unanimous Carter decision decriminalizing physician assisted death will end on June 6th. Legislation regarding medical assistance in dying was tabled in the House of Commons on April 14th. Bill C-14 is still being scrutinized in the Senate and is not anticipated to be enacted into law by June 6th. In the absence of legislation, the Carter decision will then become the law of the land. In preparation the College has developed a Professional Standard Regarding Medical Assistance in Dying. Eligible patients according to this standard will be able to access this service through the Nova Scotia Health […]