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New Nova Scotia Medical Act  

The new provincial Medical Act came into effect January 1.  With the proclamation of this legislation there have been a number of changes in licence categories . The names of certain categories of licence have also changed.

Call for Nominations: Gold-Headed Cane Award for Professionalism in Medical Practice  

The Gold-Headed Cane Award for Professionalism in Medical Practice is open to all practicing, community-based physicians in Nova Scotia.  Consideration will be given to the physicians’ community profile and their contribution to activities within ...

New Peer Review Program to be Developed  

In 2015, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS) will transition from its current peer assessment process, the Nova Scotia Physician Achievement Review (NSPAR), to an enhanced peer review program.   

Notice Regarding Dr. Martin Dzierzanowski  

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that Dr. Dzierzanowski has met the conditions imposed by the College's Investigative Committee in its decision dated June 9, 2014.

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Practising Medicine in Nova Scotia: A Physician Checklist

A physician practising medicine in Nova Scotia must ensure that they fulfill all mandatory medical regulatory requirements. This document provides a checklist along with a concise summary of such requirements.

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:

  • Issuing certificates of registration to doctors to allow them to practise medicine
  • Investigating and resolving physician-related complaints on behalf of the public
  • Monitoring and maintaining standards of practice through peer assessment
  • Developing policies and guidelines to support high standards of medical practice and ethical conduct
Annual Report - Building Bridges

Building Bridges, the CPSNS 2013 Annual Report