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New College President

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that Dr. James MacLachlan of Westville has been appointed College President for the 2014-2016 term. Dr. MacLachlan, a family physician currently on staff at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow had previously served as Chief of Staff at the Annapolis Royal Hospital. Dr. MacLachlan was first elected to Council in 2008. Elections were held for 2 seats in District 5 (Halifax County). Dr. Elizabeth Mann, a Halifax internist and past College President, was re-elected and Dr. Trevor Topp, a Halifax surgeon, was elected. Dr. Martin Gardner, a Halifax cardiologist, was appointed as the Dalhousie University Medical School representative to Council. The [...]

19th Annual General Meeting

The 19th Annual General Meeting of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will be held at the College offices, Suite 5005, 7071 Bayers Road, Halifax, beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014.The Council of the College will present the Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2013 and highlight a number of initiatives undertaken by the Council on behalf of its membership. To ensure that adequate seating is available, those wishing to attend are asked to contact Ms. Carolyn MacDonald by Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at: Tel: (902) 421-2209, Fax: (902) 422-7476 or e-mail: cmacdonald@cpsns.ns.ca.

New Monitored Drug Prescribing Policy for Physicians in NS – Effective June 1st

On March 21st, the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia approved a new policy regarding the prescribing of monitored drugs. The policy is as follows: When caring for patients in episodic, urgent or emergent care settings, physicians must review the patient’s drug profile as maintained by the NSPMP prior to prescribing narcotics or any controlled drugs or substances. This policy is effective June 1st, 2014. Through the NSPMP eAccess web application, prescribers and pharmacists can quickly access the most recent 18 months of prescribing history.

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 [...]