Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many physicians discontinued or reduced many in-person non-essential and elective medical services and made practice accommodations to ensure patients received safe and timely care. The flexibility and commitment of physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic has been critical in managing this public health emergency. The College thanks all physicians for their efforts in providing care using digital technology and limiting face-to-face contact to only urgent issues requiring physical examination of the patient. Read more
The College is pleased to announce Dr. Kara MacNeill as the recipient of its 2019 Gold-Headed Cane Award. The College’s Gold-Headed Cane Award recognizes an outstanding community-based physician who exemplifies professionalism in service to their patients, profession, and community. Read more in our online annual report.
The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia will hold its Annual General Meeting Friday, May 29, 2020 beginning at 10:45 am. The meeting will take place online via a virtual meeting platform. 25th Annual General Meeting Package (PDF)
It is with shock and disbelief that all of us at the College received the news of the tragic, senseless, and devastating loss of life in our province. We acknowledge with thanks those medical professionals who were called upon to care for those involved and will be called upon in the days and months ahead to help Nova Scotians navigate the way forward. We offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences.
The College is evoking measures available under the Medical Act, to ensure graduating PGTs receive licensure. The College can issue provisional licensure, also referred to as a defined licence, to graduating PGTs. This licence type requires sponsorship and supervision. Read more.
In this state of emergency, physicians may be asked by their Health Authority to contribute to the pandemic response in ways outside their normal scope of practice. To support the pandemic response and the physician deployment plans of the Health Authorities, the College will not hold deployed physicians to practice within a scope strictly consistent with recent training and experience. This approach applies to: Physicians privileged and working within the NSHA and IWK (inpatient or outpatient settings); and Physicians within COVID-19 […]
To help remove unintended barriers and to mitigate the risk of infection to vulnerable populations, the NSHA has recommended temporary changes regarding Medical Assistance in Dying. At its March 27, 2020 meeting, the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons endorsed the NSHA’s recommendations and have approved temporary amendments to its Professional Standard Regarding Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD).
Recently retired Nova Scotia physicians can apply for a restricted licence to help in the pandemic response at no cost. This restricted licence is time-limited and specific to addressing the response to COVID-19 as directed by NSHA and IWK. Basic Criteria To be eligible you must: Have had a full licence at the time of retirement in Nova Scotia (not provisional or restricted)Have practised in Nova Scotia within the last 3 yearsPlan to work within your […]