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New Peer Review Program to be Developed

In 2015, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS) will transition from its current peer assessment process, the Nova Scotia Physician Achievement Review (NSPAR), to an enhanced peer review program.

Physicians who are in the process of completing an NSPAR review are expected to complete the process to the satisfaction of the program and the College. Upon completion of these reviews, NSPAR will cease to operate.

For the past 10 years, the NSPAR program has provided Nova Scotia physicians with valuable feedback about their practices. The rich source of knowledge and evidence provided by the program will be used to inform the next iteration of peer review at the College.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta deserves particular recognition for the ground breaking work it has done in the development of PAR tools for peer review, as well as our thanks for its generous support of NSPAR over the past decade.

As we plan our transition to enhanced peer review, the CPSNS has concluded that assessing the complexity of a physician’s practice will be best met through a program that employs multiple assessment modalities, triangulated to provide the richest possible assessment of each practicing physician.