Physician Practice

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The College recognizes that continuing professional development (CPD) plays a key role in ongoing practice improvement for physicians.

The Medical Act mandates that all licensed physicians participate in a program of continuing professional development through:

    Peer Review 

    Physician participation in a peer and practice assessment is a requirement of the Medical Act. This helps ensure physicians are adhering to acceptable standards in practice, while also identifying potential areas for improvement.

    The College is completing the redesign of its Peer Review Program in alignment with emerging best practices in physician assessment.

    The new Peer Review Program has a quality improvement mandate and includes a direct assessment of:

    • practice processes,
    • standards of care; and
    • documentation in practice.

    Methadone Maintenance Support Program (MMSP)

    The Methadone Maintenance Support Program (MMSP) is a peer-review initiative of the College and the Atlantic Mentor Network for Pain and Addiction. It is built on the premise that physicians enjoy doing their job well and that direct feedback helps them to do so.

    Methadone maintenance therapy is a difficult clinical field, with challenging, complicated patients struggling with addiction. The MMSP aims to support physicians in this important area of health care. This program is funded by the provincial government.

    Injury Management Consultant Register

    An Injury Management Consultant is a physician, physiotherapist or chiropractor approved by the Superintendent of Insurance in Nova Scotia to work with patients and primary healthcare providers to assess and treat sprains, strains and whiplash-related injuries caused by motor-vehicle accidents.

    Physicians who wish to be included on the provincial Injury Management Consultant Register must apply through the College.