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.
- 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