Family physician, Dr. Michelle Dow of Church Point, N.S., was installed as Doctors Nova Scotia’s President during the association’s annual conference in June 2016.
Over the past 28 years, Dr. Dow’s wide-ranging career has uniquely prepared her to be President of Doctors Nova Scotia.
She began as a solo rural family physician, practising in Church Point, N.S., for the first 17 years of her career. She then transitioned to practising family medicine at Woodlawn Health Centre, an urban group practice in Dartmouth, while her husband attended law school from 2005-08.
Now, she works with five other physicians and a nurse practitioner at the Clare Health Centre, a collaborative-care clinic in Meteghan Centre, N.S.
In addition to regular family practice, Dr. Dow’s work now includes house calls, visits to nursing homes, ER and OR-assist shifts, and on-call services. It all adds up to a breadth of experience that will provide valuable context as she works to understand the unique needs of DNS’s membership.
Dr. Dow is actively involved in physician recruitment and retention as a preceptor for medical students and residents. She is the Medical Director for the Clare Health Centre and Medical Oversight Physician for Emergency Health Services (EHS).
Dr. Dow’s presidency follows several years of involvement with Doctors Nova Scotia. Prior to her term as President-Elect, she served a four year term on the association’s Board of Directors and was also a member of the Information Technology Steering Committee.