D.A. (Gus) Grant, AB, LLB, MD, CCFP, ICD.D Reappointed as College Registrar & CEO The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the reappointment of Dr. D.A. (Gus) Grant as Registrar and CEO. Initially appointed to the post in 2011, Dr. Grant sits on the Board of the Medical Council of Canada, is the Past President of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada, is a member of the Council of the Nova Scotia Regulated Health Professions Network, and is the Chair of the Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Program. Dr. Grant presently sits on the province's Leadership Committee on Opioid Drug Misuse and Overdose. Dr. Grant has practised both law [...]
All members and associate members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia are invited to attend its 22nd Annual General Meeting. Date: Friday, May 26, 2017 Time: 3:30 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 email at email@example.com by Wednesday, May 17, 2017. 22nd Annual General Meeting Package (PDF - 2 pages)
At this time of year, like most organizations, the College sends out season's greetings to all. This year, in lieu of holiday cards, we have made a donation to support the work of the non-profit organization Direction 180. Direction 180 is a community-based methadone program located in the North End of Halifax. Direction 180 aims to facilitate their clients recovery through counseling, case management, medical supervision, and provision of methadone. The College wishes to thank all organizations working to improve the health and well-being of communities across our province. We [...]
Canada's federal legislation outlining the process and eligibility for medical assistance in dying in Canada received royal assent June 17th. The College's Professional Standard Regarding Medical Assistance in Dying has been revised to ensure alignment with Bill C-14. Eligible patients will be able to access medical assistance in dying through the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Physicians are asked to contact the College if they require further clarification.
The province's Public Prosecution Service issued a Directive June 16th confirming it will not prosecute any physicians or members of a health-care team, who participate in the provision of medical assistance in dying that falls within the scope of the Supreme Court of Canada's Carter decision. "For us, that removes what was really the only lingering concern about whether this service could be delivered easily in the absence of federal legislation," said Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. The Directive [...]
The suspension of the Supreme Court of Canada’s unanimous Carter decision decriminalizing physician assisted death will end on June 6th. Legislation regarding medical assistance in dying was tabled in the House of Commons on April 14th. Bill C-14 is still being scrutinized in the Senate and is not anticipated to be enacted into law by June 6th. In the absence of legislation, the Carter decision will then become the law of the land. In preparation the College has developed a Professional Standard Regarding Medical Assistance in Dying. Eligible patients according to this standard will be able to access this service through the Nova Scotia Health [...]
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 [...]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, May 18th.
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