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College Announces Interim Restrictions on the Medical Licence of Dr. Rafid Al-Nassar

February 23, 2017

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that the interim suspension of the medical licence of Dr. Rafid Al-Nassar, pursuant to Section 45 of the Medical Act, has been lifted.

The College gives notice that effective immediately, interim restrictions have been placed on the medical licence of Dr. Al-Nassar. Dr. Al-Nassar is required to have a chaperone present for all patient encounters, except those that occur in the operating room. A College sign regarding this requirement is to be placed in all waiting rooms and examination rooms where patients are seen.

College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Karen Fewer

February 15, 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. Karen Fewer has agreed to a reprimand and conditions issued by the College.  Summary of Decision


College News & Announcements

New and Updated Professional Standards and Guidelines

January 5, 2017

At its December meeting, the Council of the College approved the following professional standards and guidelines:

Exemption to the Requirement for Direct Patient Contact When Prescribing 'Take Home' Naloxone
Infection Prevention and Control in the Physician's Office
Informed Patient Consent to Treatment
Sexual Misconduct in the Physician-Patient Relationship

Physicians are expected to stay current with professional standards and guidelines. The complete catalogue of professional standards and guidelines is available any time to all physicians on the College website.



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    The Prescribing Course:
    Safe Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

    April 8 in Halifax
    April 29 in Wolfville
    June 3 in Membertou

    Doctors Nova Scotia Annual Conference
    June 2 - 3 in Halifax

    International Forum on Pediatric Pain (IFPP)
    October 12 - 15 at White Point Beach Resort

    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

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      Building Bridges, the College's 2015 Annual Report