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Practice-Ready Assessment in Family Medicine

The College welcomes the recent Department of Health and Wellness funding announcement of a Practice-Ready Assessment (PRA) program for Family Medicine in Nova Scotia. College staff have worked alongside other stakeholders in defining the program model and will continue to be engaged over coming months as the program is more fully developed. Procedures for receiving […]

Prescribing Methadone – Removal of Health Canada Exemption

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor announced March 26th the federal government will introduce regulatory amendments to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA). Currently, physicians who wish to prescribe methadone for the treatment of pain or for use in opioid replacement therapy, must apply for an exemption from the CDSA.  For an application to be […]

College Announces Retirement of Dr. Erica Gilliatt

Dr. Erica Gilliatt has retired from the practice of medicine effective January 24, 2018. As such, Dr. Gilliatt will no longer provide medical advice. If you were a patient of Dr. Gilliatt and have questions regarding your medical records, please contact Dr. Gilliatt by phone or email. Phone number: 902-800-2988. Email:

College Welcomes Immigration Announcement

The College welcomes today’s announcement by Immigration Minister Lena Diab of a new immigration stream for doctors looking to come to the province. The new stream makes the immigration process easier and faster for internationally trained primary care doctors and specialists who have approved job offers from the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) or the […]

Notice of Hearing Re-Convening Regarding Dr. Enyinnaya Ezema

A Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will re-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 January 12th […]

Notice of Referral to Hearing Regarding Dr. Richard Leckey

The Investigation Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has referred specific matters regarding Dr. Richard Leckey to a Hearing Committee pursuant to the Medical Act. The College charges Dr. Richard Leckey with professional misconduct and with incompetence. Notice of Referral to Hearing (PDF – 2 pages)    

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]