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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 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.