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Why practise in Nova Scotia

A variety of funding models allow doctors to teach, research, support collaborative care teams, and work in rural communities. 

About Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is home to beautiful scenery and the hustle of Atlantic Canada’s largest city. The province is scattered with fishing and farming communities making it a hub for delicious food and unique communities.

Nova Scotia also has 10 universities, four which are located outside of Halifax, the province’s capital city. The province has a vibrant Acadian culture and vibrant music scene. It also serves as the Canadian Navy’s East Coast home.

Medical opportunities

Nova Scotia has the largest medical school and hospital in Atlantic Canada. The IWK Children and Women’s Health Centre operates as a regional hospital serving patients from throughout the Maritimes.

As a physician in Nova Scotia, you would have the opportunity to:

  • Work in Canada’s first collaborative emergency centres (CEC)
  • Work with a leading paramedic program and LifeFlight Program
  • Teach medical students and residents in the Halifax Regional Municipality, or outside the capital in Sydney, Kentville, or Yarmouth
  • Work in a collaborative care team
  • Conduct research through Dalhousie University Medical School

Flexibility in payment structures

Nova Scotia has one of the highest rates of non fee-for-service doctors in the country. In addition to fee-for-service payment, doctors can become part of an academic funding plan (AFP) or an alternative payment plan (APP).

The variety of funding models allow doctors to teach, research, support collaborative care teams, and work in rural communities. The AFP and APP models support services that don’t have fee codes because fee codes only cover direct patient care.