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Physicians issued a Defined licence in Nova Scotia are required to have oversight from both a supervisor and a sponsor for the duration of that licence.

Supervisor Role & Responsibilities

The role of a supervisor is to monitor, assess, and support the supervised physician as they work towards long-term licensure. Supervisors play an important part in ensuring access to high-quality patient care for Nova Scotians.

The Supervision Handbook provides guidance to supervisors.

Supervisors must:

  • Assess a physician’s practice
  • Ensure the practice meets care expectations
  • Establish and maintain a professional relationship with the Defined licensee
  • Act as an agent of the College
  • Be familiar with the supervised physician’s Licensing Agreement
  • Advise the College of concerns
  • Report on the supervised physician’s performance to the College
  • Immediately notify the College Registrar if there are imminent patient safety concerns
  • Advise the Registrar if the supervised physician stops practicing in a Health Zone
  • Inform the College in advance if intending to withdraw from supervision

The College will notify the Supervisor if there is a College complaint regarding the supervised physician.


To be eligible to be a Supervisor, a physician must:

  • Have a Full licence, Academic licence, or Defined licence on sponsor-only oversight
  • Have a minimum of two years in practice
  • Be approved by the Sponsor
  • Be approved by the College
  • Be engaged in a similar scope of practice as the Supervised physician
  • Practice in the same geographic area as the Supervised physician unless otherwise approved by the Registrar