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Welcome Collaborative Launches April 11th

A group of young doctors having a meeting around a table in the hospital boardroom.

The Welcome Collaborative is a new orientation program designed to help physicians who have trained outside of Canada and issued a Defined licence, to integrate successfully into the Nova Scotian healthcare system.

The Welcome Collaborative developed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will help welcome and settle 140 doctors trained outside of Canada over the next three years. The orientation program aims to address gaps in the onboarding experience of these newly licensed physicians.

The orientation program includes presentations from the College as well as from:

  • Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS);
  • Doctors Nova Scotia;
  • Nova Scotia Health;
  • Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Program, and
  • Dalhousie Medicine Continuing Professional Development and Medical Education (CPDME).

The orientation covers topics such as:

  • identifying, acknowledging, and overcoming barriers to practice in Nova Scotia;
  • MSI billing;
  • communication skills training, and
  • settlement resources for physicians and their families.

In October 2022, the College successfully delivered a pilot session of the Welcome Collaborative with a cohort of eight physicians participating. 

The provincial government is investing $1.3 million to develop this orientation program offering doctors coming to Nova Scotia support, mentorship and a sense of community.

Welcome Collaborative to be held on April 11 – 13, 2023, at the College offices.

For more information, please contact the College at:  supervision@cpsns.ns.ca