Managing Your Practice

Medical Practice in Nova Scotia is more than just treating patients.

In addition to managing patients, a physician in private practice also needs to manage premises, staff, and finances. These can be broadly grouped into clinical and non-clinical skills.

Clinical Skills

Medical workers need considerable knowledge, skills, and proficiencies to provide standard healthcare. Some of these are mandated by the Medical Act.

  • BLS and ACLS competency
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 
  • Physician Peer Review (PPR-NS)
  • Maintaining medical records

Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Heart and Stroke Foundation provides courses in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) in addition to several other courses.


The CPSNS Physician Peer Review Nova Scotia (PPR-NS) program helps physicians improve their practice and patient outcomes.


Mainpro+ is a program designed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of family physicians and family medicine residents.

Maintenance of Certification

The Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is a program by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPSC) for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) has a Practice Support Program (PSP) that provides a range of practice support tools.

Doctors Nova Scotia

Doctors Nova Scotia (DNS) provides several physician leadership coursesStipends are available for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by Doctors Nova Scotia (DNS). Electronic Medical Records (EMR) grants are also available.

Non-Clinical Skills

These include managing staff and billing. The well-being of physicians is essential so they can provide healthcare to others.

Doctors Nova Scotia

Doctors Nova Scotia (DNS) provides essential information for practicing physicians. This information includes the Master Agreement and Medical Billing.

Canadian Medical Association

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has a hub dedicated to physician wellness.

CMA Joule

CMA Joule provides resources to support physician practice. These include Practice Management Curriculum.

Medical Services Insurance

The Medical Services Insurance Programs are administered by Medavie Blue Cross on behalf of the Department of Health and Wellness. This includes services like monthly bulletins, physicians’ manuals, and billing instructions.