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College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Jalal Hosein

May 11, 2017

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that as a result of a complaint and pursuant to the Nova Scotia Medical Act, Dr. Jalal Hosein has agreed to a reprimand and conditions issued by the College.  Summary of Decision

College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Deanna Swinamer

April 11, 2017

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that as a result of a complaint and pursuant to the Nova Scotia Medical Act, Dr. Deanna Swinamer has agreed to a reprimand and a caution issued by the College.  Summary of Decision

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College News & Announcements

Go Slow When Tapering Patients on High Dose Opioids

June 23, 2017

The College’s Council recently endorsed the 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain as evidence of best practice. 

Among the many recommendations, the guidelines identify that opioids are not a first line choice for chronic non-cancer pain. When opioids are indicated, an upper limit of 90 morphine equivalents per day is strongly recommended.

As you incorporate these new guidelines into your practice, I would ask you pay particular attention to the management of your patients already maintained on doses of opioids in excess of 90 morphine equivalents per day. In keeping with the recommendations, these patients should be offered drug tapering.  Read more

College Past President Dr. Elizabeth Mann Recognized

June 8, 2017

Dr. Elizabeth Mann was awarded the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Honorary Membership Award at the recent annual general meeting of Doctors Nova Scotia. Dr. Mann was recognized in honour of her 37-year career as a general internist in Halifax.  Read more

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    About the College

    About the College

    The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia serves the public by regulating the province's medical profession in accordance with the Nova Scotia Medical Act and its regulations

    All physicians in Nova Scotia must be licensed by the College in order to practise medicine in the province.

    The duties of the College include:

    • Licensing qualified and competent physicians to practise medicine
    • Investigating and resolving physician-related complaints on behalf of the public
    • Monitoring and maintaining standards of practice through peer assessment
    • Developing professional standards and guidelines to support high standards of medical practice and ethical conduct‚Äč

    The College's 2016-2017 Strategic Plan