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New College President

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that Dr. William D. Stanish of Halifax has been appointed College President for the 2016-2018 term. Dr. Stanish is an internationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon. His distinguished career includes being named chief medical officer for the Canadian Olympic Team, founder and director of the Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic of Nova Scotia and a member of the Order of Nova Scotia. He is currently professor emeritus of surgery at Dalhousie University and holds honourary doctor of laws degrees from St. Francis Xavier University and the University of Prince Edward Island. Physicians Elected to Council As a result […]

21st Annual General Meeting

All members and associate members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia are invited to attend its 21st Annual General Meeting. Date: Friday, May 27th, 2016 Time: 3:45 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 e-mail at cmacdonald@cpsns.ns.caby Wednesday, May 18th.  

Medical Aid in Dying: Update

Legislation regarding medical assistance in dying was tabled in the House of Commons on April 14th. Bill C-14 lays out specific criteria for Canadians who wish to end their lives with the help of a medical professional. In anticipation of this legislation, regulatory Colleges across the country had drafted professional standards, to provide guidance to both the profession and the public on the delivery of this service in their respective jurisdictions. The College led a working group comprised of stakeholders from government and the health and legal professions. Working over several months this group developed a Draft Standard of Practice: Physician-Assisted Death

Licence Renewal Feedback

This year 2,657 physicians were eligible to renew their licence to practice medicine in Nova Scotia. The College made significant changes to ensure a more user-friendly online renewal experience. Here is what some physicians had to say about the new online renewal process: “Overall this was much much MUCH less painful than in previous years. Whatever improvements you’ve made to the system more recently have really made a big difference. Thank you!” “The notifications that it was licence renewal time were well-timed. I appreciated the email notifications. The process of completing the form was very straight forward.” “Actually, I was so happily surprised at how easy it was that I spontaneously emailed the College to let […]

Announcement Regarding the College’s Deputy Registrar

The College wishes to announce that Dr. Bill Lowe is no longer with the College. Dr. Lowe first joined the College as a member of its Council and then later served as its President before joining the staff. In his role as Deputy Registrar and through his participation on a number of provincial and national committees, Dr. Lowe has made a significant contribution to the medical profession in Nova Scotia. Please direct all inquiries regarding physician registration and licensing to:

Dr. Gus Grant Elected President of FMRAC

Dr. Gus Grant has been elected President of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC). Dr. Grant, AB, LLB, CCFP, is the Registrar & CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. FMRAC is a national organization with the provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities as its members. FMRAC develops positions and policies on issues relating to the regulation of medicine in Canada.

Video of Panel Discussion Regarding Physician-Assisted Dying

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hosted the panel discussion, “The Moral and Professional Implications of the Supreme Court Decision on Physician-Assisted Dying” on May 22, 2015 at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The panel was moderated by Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar and CEO of the College and included the following panelists: Jocelyn Downie Dr. Rocco Gerace Dr. Jeff Kirby Dr. Nuala Patricia Kenny

Dr. John Fraser Recipient of Award Recognizing Physician Excellence

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce Dr. John Fraser as this year’s recipient of its Gold-Headed Cane Award. The award recognizes an outstanding community-based physician who exemplifies professionalism in service to their patients, profession and community. The award was presented to Dr. Fraser by the President of the College Dr. James MacLachlan. Dr. John Fraser has spent over thirty years working as a Family Physician at the North End Community Health Centre. An expert in the areas of addiction and chronic pain, he is also the Medical Director at Direction 180 and has provided consulting services at the QEII’s Pain Management Unit since 2008. Dr. John Fraser has dedicated his career working to […]

College Statement Regarding Supreme Court Ruling on Physician-assisted Death

The unanimous decision of the Supreme Court of Canada striking down the ban on providing a physician-assisted deathwill be carefully reviewed by the College. The court suspended its declaration for a year in order to allow federal and provincial governments time to draft any new legislative provisions. During these next 12 months the provisions of the Criminal Code remain unchanged. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia recognizes the magnitude and complexity of drafting new legislation and professional policies to balance a patient’s right to legally request and access physician-assisted death, and a physician’s right to hold values […]

Physicians Give College Important Feedback

As in every self-regulated profession, there is a natural frostiness between members and their regulatory body. It goes with the territory. With the responses to the survey in your recent licence renewal, I was reminded of that chill. The feedback you provided was helpful, encouraging and at times caustic. I appreciate the thoughtful and constructive advice. I hope you will take a few moments to review a summary of your feedback and our response by clicking here.  Sincerely, Dr. Gus Grant, AB, LLB, MD, CCFP Registrar and CEO