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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

New Nova Scotia Medical Act

The new provincial Medical Act came into effect January 1. With the proclamation of this legislation there have been a number of changes in licence categories.The names of certain categories of licence have also changed. Changes to the type of licence physicians hold do not change their scope of practice. There are now three registers maintained at the College: 1. Full Medical Register: Only physicians with a full licence, entirely free of restrictions or conditions, are maintained on the Full Medical Register. The only exception is when physicians have a voluntarily restricted their scope of practice. 2. Conditional Register: The [...]

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 [...]