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Standards Addressing the Intersection of Medicine and Commerce

The College has received a growing number of inquiries from physicians seeking direction on issues arising when their commercial and financial interests intersect with their medical practice. In response, the College’s Professional Standards Committee undertook to develop clear and concise guidance to the profession. The College’s Council, consisting of practising physicians and public members, met on May 25th and approved the following Professional Standards:

Broad consultation was undertaken to inform these standards. The College would like to thank all those who provided feedback, including Doctors Nova Scotia and the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

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Council & Annual General Meeting Report

Strategic Planning

The College’s Council, consisting of practising physicians and public members met on May 25th. The Council participated in its annual strategic planning session, which sought to identify strategic priorities for the upcoming year. Once finalized, the College aims to be able to distribute its 2018-19 strategic plan to its members in the weeks to come.

Changes On Council

At the College’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Council recognized the leadership of both Dr. William Stanish, as outgoing President, and welcomed the College’s new President, Dr. Mary Oxner. The College also welcomed Mr. Mark Rosen to Council as a public representative.

2017 Annual Report and Financials

The College’s 2017 Annual Report and Financial Statements were made available at the AGM. Both were distributed to members prior to the AGM and are available on the College’s website.

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New President

The College is pleased to announce that Dr. Mary Oxner, PhD, CPA, CA, CFA, has been appointed President for the 2018-2020 term.

Dr. Oxner is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the Gerald Schwartz School of Business at St. Francis Xavier University. Prior to her current career in academia, her career was focused in the financial field, including Senior Vice President of Quorum Funding Corporation, Chief Financial Officer of Quorum Growth Inc. and Ernst & Young.

Dr. Oxner has been serving as a public member on the Council since 2014. She currently sits on the Finance and Audit, Assessment and Executive committees.

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New Deputy Registrar

It is with great pleasure the College welcomes Dr. Keri McAdoo as its new Deputy Registrar. A family physician from Kentville, Dr. McAdoo has served in leadership positions at the College as a member of the Council and as the Chair of an Investigations Committee. Over the past year, Dr. McAdoo has been engaged with the College on a part-time basis, playing a leading role in the Professional Conduct Department.

Dr. McAdoo begins her new role at the College on the very strong footing left in place by Dr. Graham Bullock who has stepped down as Deputy Registrar. Under Dr. Bullock’s leadership, the College has designed and launched its new Peer Review Program, renewed its approach to physician supervision, and contributed to the development of practice-ready assessment for family physicians here in Nova Scotia. Dr. Bullock has made a tremendous contribution to professional medical regulation in our province and all of us here at the College wish Dr. Bullock the very best.

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Gold-Headed Cane Award Recipient

The College is pleased to announce Dr. Richard Hall as the recipient of its 2017 Gold-Headed Cane Award. The College’s award recognizes an outstanding physician who exemplifies professionalism in service to their patients, profession, and community.

Dr. Hall is a pioneer of critical care medicine in Nova Scotia and founded the Annual Atlantic Canada Critical Care Conference in 2002. Dr. Hall’s commitment to education has inspired generations of physicians.

Dr. Hall completed his residencies in Anesthesia at Dalhousie University, and graduated from Clinical Pharmacology and Critical Care Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. In 1987, Dr. Hall joined Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine as Assistant Professor.

A leader, Dr. Hall has made significant contributions to the medical community, serving as president of various societies such as the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, the Cardiovascular Thoracic Section, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society and many more.

Dr. Hall presently practices medicine as the Site Chief at the Queen Elizabeth ll Health Sciences Centre’s Medical/Surgical/Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit. He is also Chair of the Nova Scotia District Health Authority’s Multi-site Research Ethics Board.

This annual provincial recognition is awarded at a co-sponsored Gold-Headed Cane Award ceremony in partnership with the Humanities in Medicine Program at Dalhousie University Medical School. The award will be presented to Dr. Hall at the Gold-Headed Cane Awards dinner on June 2nd, 2018.

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Resources

Safe Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

Doctors Nova Scotia Annual Conference

Education on Medical Assistance in Dying

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