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Physician Peer Review Nova Scotia

In the practice of medicine, there is a professional expectation that physicians seek out and respond to feedback. It is a component of life-long learning, fundamental to continuous quality improvement.

For feedback to be embraced, it has to be meaningful. For feedback to be meaningful, it has to be focused and relevant. This is the philosophy upon which the College's new Physician Peer Review - Nova Scotia program (PPR-NS) has been built.

As a self-regulated profession, practice assessment is a College responsibility, legislated under the provincial Medical Act. This requires the College to conduct a program of physician assessment to promote continuous quality improvement within the profession.

PPR-NS includes direct assessment of:

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

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:

    Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT)

    Funding responsibility for the Methadone Maintenance Support Program (MMSP) has recently been transferred from the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) to the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA). The NSHA has indicated to the College that it does not intend to fund the MMSP and will instead direct their resources toward other initiatives. Lacking the necessary funds, the MMSP will close effective immediately.

    Physicians prescribing or wishing to prescribe methadone are still required to obtain the College's endorsement of their Health Canada exemption. Prescribing requirements are outlined in Section 2.1 of the College's Methadone Maintenance Treatment Handbook.

    MMT prescribers must be in good standing with the College and are expected to adhere to the standards and guidelines set out in the College's Methadone Maintenance Treatment Handbook.

    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.