HomePhysician PracticePeer ReviewFrequently Asked Questions
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We are directed to conduct peer review and practice assessment by the Nova Scotia Medical Act. Under section 64(1) of the Medical Act, the College Council is “… required to approve a practice assessment program with the objectives of:
a) Promoting a culture of continuous quality improvement; and
b) Enhancing the competence of individual members by linking their practice assessment to their professional development.”
Participation in the program for eligible physicians will be mandatory. The Act directs that members selected to participate in the program have a duty to comply.
Other than under the very limited circumstances laid out in the Medical Act, the program will be confidential and fully protected from use for other purposes within the College (including complaints, investigations and licensing).
The program will first be available to family physicians and will expand over time to include both medical and surgical specialties. For the time being, the Peer Review Program will include only those physicians who have an active clinical component to their practice.
Each eligible physician can expect to be reviewed at minimum, once every seven years.
Peer review involves an on-site practice visit that follows a standardized process using a selection of dedicated assessment tools, conducted by a trained peer. An alternate off-site review process will also be part of the program. Off-site reviews will include a review of patient records and an assessment of quality of care.
The Peer Review Program includes:
College Council has directed that the Peer Review Program reflect the following guiding principles:
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