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New Policy to Directly Licence Physicians from More Countries

PRESS RELEASE The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has approved a policy allowing physicians licensed in the UK, Australia or New Zealand to become directly licensed in Nova Scotia. It is the first College in Canada to do so. Under this policy, physicians with an equivalent to a Full licence in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia will be licensed in Canada without need for Royal College review, a Practice Ready Assessment or certification here. “The […]

College Announces More Physicians Now Eligible for Licensure

American Board-certified physicians are now eligible for Full Licensure in Nova Scotia, without the requirement for Royal College certification. Nova Scotia is the first province to do so. The College will also accept enrolment in the relevant continuing professional development (CPD) program in the United States in lieu of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program with the Royal College or the Mainpro+ program with the College of Family Physicians of Canada…[…]

External Review into Anti-Black Racism within the College

The College recognizes that racism and discrimination exist in medicine and organizations associated with medicine. Early in 2021, the College engaged an independent, external task force led by Mr. Doug Ruck Q.C. to review the College’s operations through the lens of anti-Black racism. The task force was composed of African Nova Scotians selected by Mr. Ruck. The task force has now completed its review and issued its report: From the Inside: An External Review into Systemic Anti-Black Racism Within the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

College lifts interim suspension on Dr. David Barnett’s medical licence

This afternoon the Halifax Provincial Court vacated Dr. David Barnett’s undertaking and attached conditions. The information that gave rise to the consideration of criminal charges and the conditions upon Dr. Barnett’s release have all been dismissed. “The Crown has notified the College that law enforcement wrongly identified Dr. Barnett as a person possessing for the purposes of distributing child pornography”, said Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar & CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. “An individual of similar name, with a similar email address, has been arrested in relation to these facts in the state of Ohio. This is a case […]

First Family Physicians Licensed from Practice Ready Assessment Program

PRESS RELEASE The first cohort of internationally trained medical graduates have successfully completed the Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment Program (NSPRAP). Four family medicine specialists have received their medical licences and will begin practising soon in Glace Bay, New Glasgow, Hubbards, and Truro. “The Program has successfully undertaken the assessment of these four family doctors and wishes them well as they begin to practice in rural communities in our province,” said Dr. Fiona Bergin, the Program’s Clinical Director. “These […]

College Releases Review of Sexual Misconduct Investigations

The Canadian Centre for Legal Innovation in Sexual Assault Response (CCLISAR) has completed its independent review of the College’s processes regarding the investigation of sexual misconduct complaints against physicians. “The College opened up its process to external experts for review. Our goal is to remove any barriers to reporting sexual misconduct and to reduce the unintended harms that can occur when investigating such allegations,” said Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar & CEO of the College. In addition to reviewing the written decisions of the College, CCLISAR, together with a panel of experts it convened, consulted with College staff, […]

College Endorses New Canadian Guideline for Opioid Prescribing

At its May 26 meeting, the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia endorsed the new 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain as best practices for physicians in Nova Scotia. “The guidelines reflect the most current scientific evidence available in treating chronic non-cancer pain. The evidence concludes that high doses of opioids over long periods of time pose serious risks to patients including opioid dependency, addiction and overdose,” said Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. Dr. Grant is one of the authors of the new

College Endorses the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

At its May 27thmeeting, the College Council endorsed the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain as best practices for physicians in Nova Scotia. “We recognize these guidelines represent a significant departure from present practice for many physicians,” said Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. “The existing threshold dose is 200 milligrams per day of morphine. The CDC guidelines urge caution at doses of 50 milligrams and to avoid doses in excess of 90 milligrams. In essence, this represents a dramatic change, a dramatic […]

College Closes CAPP Program

The College will not be offering the Clinician Assessment for Practice Program (CAPP) examination going forward and has cancelled the exam scheduled for June, 2015. Launched in 2005, CAPP was designed to select and support International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who are practice-ready, without any additional formal residency training in Canada. It created a pathway for IMGs to receive provisional licensure to practise with supervision in underserviced communities, while working towards full medical licensure. This decision will not affect those physicians currently licensed through CAPP. These physicians will continue to receive support and supervision from the College while in practice. The College annually conducts a review of CAPP as part of its approach to quality assurance. […]

College Launches Prescription Medication Awareness Campaign

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS) is launching an awareness campaign aimed at encouraging patients and physicians to explore pain management alternatives. The goal of the campaign is to support a broader conversation between patients and physicians when dealing with pain management. “We believe that if we expand the dialogue between doctor and patient, we might improve the management of pain,” said Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar & CEO at the CPSNS. “We also believe this may improve physician prescribing practices.” The College acknowledges that misuse of prescription drugs is a complex problem that causes significant social harm. The College has identified the need to take action within its public safety mandate, without compromising the care given […]