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Renew Your Medical Licence and Corporation Permit Starting November 1st

Annual renewal of your medical licence and corporation permit starts November 1st.

Avoid late fees, renew before end of day November 30th.

Discontinuing your Nova Scotia Medical Licence

If you plan to discontinue your licence with the College on or before January 1st, 2019, you must notify the College. Please email the College at: before January 1st, 2019.

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New Bill Prohibits Harmful Therapy

In June, the College of Physicians and Surgeons wrote a letter to the Minister of Health regarding media reports of the delivery of “conversion” or “reparative” therapy in Nova Scotia.

The College clearly stated its opposition to this intervention and to the premise that sexuality or gender identity is a pathology that may or should be cured. The College stated that such interventions did not belong anywhere within the practice of medicine.

Sexual orientation or gender identity change efforts refer to practices that attempt to change a 2SLGBTIQ+ person’s sexual orientation or gender identity through various means including counselling, behaviour modification and/or the use of medications.

On October 11th, The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protection Act became law in the province. The bill prohibits people in positions of trust or authority from using this intervention to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people who identify as 2SLGBTIQ+.

“The practice of conversion therapy is harmful, it is not evidenced based and is not in keeping with the spirit of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act,” said Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. “This practice does not belong in medicine. The profession condemns this practice and this condemnation is echoed in this new legislation.”

The College supports this legislation which protects and upholds the rights of 2SLGBTIQ+ Nova Scotians.

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New Reporting Requirements for Medical Assistance in Dying

On November 1st, 2018, the Government of Canada’s new Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Regulations come into effect. The new regulations will require physicians and nurse practitioners to file reports at each step in the MAID process, including when they receive a request for MAID.

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College Outreach

The College is alive to issues facing many Nova Scotians regarding access to healthcare. Over the past several months, the College`s Registrar, Dr. Gus Grant has met with physicians to hear their concerns and discuss ways forward.

To date this year, the Registrar has met with physicians in Digby, Dartmouth, Antigonish, Truro, New Glasgow, Halifax, Sydney and Kentville. The College appreciates the time physicians take to meet and discuss important issues facing the profession and its patients. If your physician group or staff medical association wishes to meet with the Registrar in your community, please contact us at:

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College Council Report

The College’s Council, consisting of physicians and members of the public met on October 12th and approved the following new professional standards and guidelines:

The Council also approved the following revised professional standards:

Professional standards are developed by the College’s Professional Standards Committee composed of members of the public and physicians. Consultation plays an important role in developing standards and guidelines for physicians practising in Nova Scotia. The College would like to thank those who participated in recent consultations including:

  • Doctors Nova Scotia; and
  • Canadian Medical Protective Association.

Physicians are expected to stay current with professional standards and guidelines. The complete catalogue of professional standards and guidelines is available on the College`s website.

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Dal Med150 Celebration Gala

The Prescribing Course: Safe Opioid Prescribing For Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

Conversations on Collaborative Family Practice Team Hosted by the NSHA

Dal Health Law Institute Series

  • Nov. 2 – Guaranteed Income and Health
  • Nov. 23 – Of Bricks and Blood: Institutional Conscience Objections to MAID and Abortion

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92nd Annual Dalhousie Fall Refresher


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