The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has issued a new policy to help physicians understand their responsibilities pursuant to the new marijuana for medical purposes regulations. The policy is as follows: The College considers the authorization of marijuana for medical purposes to be a clinical act and an insured service. Physicians must not bill patients directly for services related to the authorization of marijuana for medical purposes, which includes the completion of any required forms. Physicians must only authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes in the context of a bona fide patient‐doctor relationship. Physicians may only authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes when in direct, in-person contact with their patients.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that Dr. James MacLachlan of Westville has been appointed College President for the 2014-2016 term. Dr. MacLachlan, a family physician currently on staff at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow had previously served as Chief of Staff at the Annapolis Royal Hospital. Dr. MacLachlan was first elected to Council in 2008. Elections were held for 2 seats in District 5 (Halifax County). Dr. Elizabeth Mann, a Halifax internist and past College President, was re-elected and Dr. Trevor Topp, a Halifax surgeon, was elected. Dr. Martin Gardner, a Halifax cardiologist, was appointed as the Dalhousie University Medical School representative to Council. The [...]
The 19th Annual General Meeting of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will be held at the College offices, Suite 5005, 7071 Bayers Road, Halifax, beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014.The Council of the College will present the Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2013 and highlight a number of initiatives undertaken by the Council on behalf of its membership. To ensure that adequate seating is available, those wishing to attend are asked to contact Ms. Carolyn MacDonald by Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at: Tel: (902) 421-2209, Fax: (902) 422-7476 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On March 21st, the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia approved a new policy regarding the prescribing of monitored drugs. The policy is as follows: When caring for patients in episodic, urgent or emergent care settings, physicians must review the patient’s drug profile as maintained by the NSPMP prior to prescribing narcotics or any controlled drugs or substances. This policy is effective June 1st, 2014. Through the NSPMP eAccess web application, prescribers and pharmacists can quickly access the most recent 18 months of prescribing history.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that Dr. Geoffrey Turnbull of Halifax has been selected as the 2013 recipient of its Gold-Headed Cane Award, which recognizes outstanding professionalism in medical practice A Professor of Medicine at Dalhousie University and Active Staff Gastroenterologist with Capital District Health Authority, Dr. Turnbull is a prolific researcher whose work has been published in renowned journals such as The Lancet, Gut and The American Journal of Gastroenterology. His extensive research in gastrointestinal motility disorders has made him a world expert in Irritable Bowel Syndrome. A devoted patient advocate whose selflessness and professionalism extend past the practice of medicine and into his community, Dr. Turnbull is widely respected [...]
Since November 2013, the Public Health Agency of Canada has received a number of reports of flu illness among young and middle-aged adults caused by influenza H1N1, which is the dominating strain circulating this flu season. Although the number of flu cases being reported is not unusual, as in other flu seasons, authorities are reporting severe illness resulting in hospitalization, and some deaths due to H1N1. The following link will provide information for clinicians regarding current influenza activity in Canada including recommendations for prevention and treatment: Notice to Health Care Professionals re. Influenza A(H1N1)
New English Language Proficiency Requirements for Physicians from Outside Canada come into effect January 1, 2014. If you have any questions about this new policy, please contact the Registration Department at (902) 422-5823 (toll-free at 1-877-282-7767) or via e-mail at email@example.com.
The Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce its 2014-2016 Strategic Plan. Developed in consultation with the public, College members, and key stakeholders, the plan addresses emerging issues as well as ongoing priorities. Council will review the plan annually to ensure that its objectives are met. “The College must constantly evolve to meet the high standards of medical regulation that Nova Scotians deserve and expect,” said College President, Dr. Elizabeth Mann. “This plan puts us on a very strong footing in that regard.” The plan is available HERE. To [...]