College News

Four days left to renew your medical licence
November 27, 2014


Physicians licensed with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia must renew their medical licence annually.

The renewal deadline is November 30th. 

Renew and pay online today and avoid late fees and the possible expiration of your licence.

The College, as other Colleges have done across Canada, has included a short mandatory member survey as part of the renewal process. This data provides the College with essential member feedback that informs the strategic focus of the College.

Your Corporate Permit to Practice Renewal

If you practise medicine under a corporation in which you are listed as a Medical Director, a corporate permit is required. This permit must be renewed annually. Renew and pay online for your corporate permit by November 30th. 



College Issues Consensual Reprimand to Dr. William R. Vitale
November 7, 2014

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that as a result of a complaint and pursuant to the Medical Act, Dr. William Vitale has accepted a reprimand and conditions issued by the College.

A reprimand is a finding of professional misconduct that is entered on a doctor’s formal discipline record. The College’s Investigations Committee has directed the following:

1.     Dr. Vitale is reprimanded for knowingly performing vaccinations improperly, in a manner contrary to the established practices of the profession.    

2.     The prior restriction on Dr. Vitale’s licence with regard to immunizations is lifted.

3.     Dr. Vitale’s licence is subject to the following conditions:

a.     Dr. Vitale must maintain readily accessible information respecting all patients receiving immunizations, including the names of the patients, the vaccines administered, the method used, and the date.  This information will be made available to the auditor conducted to appoint a practice audit of Dr. Vitale’s practice as set out in condition (b);

b.    Dr. Vitale is required to submit to a further practice audit, at his expense, to be arranged through the College’s Physician Performance Department six months from the date of this decision.  The results of the audit will be reviewed by the Physician Performance Department and the Physician Performance Department will determine any further action that may be needed, which action may include a decision that nothing further is required, that remediation is required or that matters necessitate a referral to the Registrar as a new complaint;

c.     Dr. Vitale is required to take the next available offering of the Medical Record Keeping Course offered through the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, at his expense.  In the event that Dr. Vitale does not register for the next offering of this course or successfully complete it, his licence to practice medicine will be suspended pending successful completion of the course.

Full decision is available.



Notice Regarding Licence Restrictions of Dr. Erin MacLean-Fraser of Antigonish 

November 7, 2014

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that the interim suspension placed on the medical licence of Dr. Erin MacLean-Fraser of Antigonish has been lifted.  A restriction has been imposed limiting Dr. MacLean-Fraser to performing surgical assists with one physician approved by the College. 

 

Medical Licence and Corporation Permit Renewal Opens November 3rd
October 31, 2014

Physicians licensed with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia must renew their medical licence annually. Beginning November 3rd and until November 30th you can renew and pay for your medical licence online

Renew 
today and avoid late fees and the possible expiration of your licence. If you practise medicine under a corporation in which you are listed as a Medical Director, a corporate permit is required. This permit must be renewed annually. You can renew and pay for your corporate permit online.


Mr. Allan Green, Q.C.
October 29, 2014

It was with considerable sadness that the College learned that Mr. Allan Green passed away the morning of October 28th.  Mr. Green was serving as a public member on the College Council and for many years was a hardworking member on many of the College’s committees. We are grateful to Mr. Green for his substantial contribution both to the College and to our community. His leadership, integrity and humour will be missed.

Mr. Green’s obituary as published in The Chronicle Herald October 30th, 2014. 



Your Medical Licence Fee
October 27, 2014

The 
Medical Post recently compared the licence fees charged by Canada’s regulatory Colleges with those charged by state medical boards in the United States. The article questioned why fees are higher in Canada.  The comparison was flawed for many reasons, made worse by shallow analysis and inflammatory language.

 

Raising the issue however has provided the College with the opportunity to ensure that our members know how their fees are spent in support of their profession.  Read more…


About Us

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. Among other responsibilities, the College undertakes the following:

Building Bridges, the CPSNS 2013 Annual Report is now available (PDF download).