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Dr. Geoffrey Turnbull Receives Award

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that Dr. Geoffrey Turnbull of Halifax has been selected as the 2013 recipient of its Gold-Headed Cane Award, which recognizes outstanding professionalism in medical practice A Professor of Medicine at Dalhousie University and Active Staff Gastroenterologist with Capital District Health Authority, Dr. Turnbull is a prolific researcher whose work has been published in renowned journals such as The Lancet, Gut and The American Journal of Gastroenterology. His extensive research in gastrointestinal motility disorders has made him a world expert in Irritable Bowel Syndrome. A devoted patient advocate whose selflessness and professionalism extend past the practice of medicine and into his community, Dr. Turnbull is widely respected […]

Influenza Activity: Notice to Health Care Professionals

Since November 2013, the Public Health Agency of Canada has received a number of reports of flu illness among young and middle-aged adults caused by influenza H1N1, which is the dominating strain circulating this flu season. Although the number of flu cases being reported is not unusual, as in other flu seasons, authorities are reporting severe illness resulting in hospitalization, and some deaths due to H1N1. The following link will provide information for clinicians regarding current influenza activity in Canada including recommendations for prevention and treatment: Notice to Health Care Professionals re. Influenza A(H1N1)  

College releases 2014-2016 Strategic Plan

The Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce its 2014-2016 Strategic Plan. Developed in consultation with the public, College members, and key stakeholders, the plan addresses emerging issues as well as ongoing priorities. Council will review the plan annually to ensure that its objectives are met. “The College must constantly evolve to meet the high standards of medical regulation that Nova Scotians deserve and expect,” said College President, Dr. Elizabeth Mann. “This plan puts us on a very strong footing in that regard.” The plan is available HERE. To […]

College campaign addresses abuse and diversion of prescription pain medication

Halifax – May 1, 2012: The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia today announced a communications campaign that will address the abuse and illegal diversion of prescription pain medication. Entitled “Good Pill, Bad Pill”, the campaign encourages doctors and patients to enter into opioid treatment agreements when medications are prescribed for chronic pain. These formal, written agreements stress the shared responsibility of doctors and patients to help reduce the misuse of these medications “These are extremely valuable medications that reduce tremendous amounts of suffering,” said Dr. Gus Grant, the College’s Registrar and CEO. “Unfortunately, they are also subject to abuse and criminal diversion, as we are only too aware.” “The College recognizes that physicians, patients, regulators and government […]