Benefits & Services

Membership categories

Details on all Doctors Nova Scotia membership categories.

Members shall upon payment of the annual membership dues as applicable, have the rights and privileges of one of the following classifications of members.

Full members
Life members
Retired members
Special consideration: Members on leave
Special consideration: Restricted membership
Special consideration: Emergency membership
Student members
Resident/fellow members
Non-resident members
Honourary

Full members

Unless otherwise provided for in the Rules and Regulations, every member of the Society who is a medical practitioner as defined by the Medical Act, is a full member.

Full members are entitled to all rights and privileges, including the right to hold office and vote.

Membership dues: $1,650

Life members

Any member in good standing for the immediately preceding 10 year period and who has attained the age of 65 years is eligible for life membership. Nominations may be made by any full member. Senior membership may only be bestowed by unanimous approval of the members of the Board of Directors present and voting. No more than two may be elected in any one year.  Senior membership so approved shall be conferred by the President of the Society at the time of the Annual General Meeting or any special meeting.

Life members are entitled to all rights and privileges, including the right to hold office and vote, but have no obligation to pay annual membership dues.


Membership dues: Complimentary

Retired members

A former full member who is fully retired from the practice of medicine is a retired member.
 
Retired members are entitled to all the rights and privileges, including the right to hold office and vote.

Membership dues: $250

Special consideration: Members on leave

A full member who is away from the active practice of medicine by virtue of parental, study, occupational or medical leave, or who provides proof of professional earnings as a result of having a medical license of less than $5,000 in the previous 12 month period, may upon application to Doctors Nova Scotia and payment of the annual membership dues for this category, be granted admission to this category. Upon return to the active practice of medicine, full membership dues, which may be pro-rated for the remaining time in the fiscal year, must be paid.  
Members on Leave are entitled to all the rights and privileges, including the right to hold office and vote.

Membership dues: $500

Special consideration: Restricted membership

A member who is away from the active practice of medicine by virtue of disciplinary action shall be admitted to this category.  Upon return to the active practice of medicine, full membership dues, which may be pro-rated for the remaining time in the fiscal year, must be paid.
 
Restricted members are entitled to all the rights and privileges, except they may not sit on committees, hold office or vote.

Membership dues: $500

Special consideration: Emergency membership

A duly licensed physician that has been granted an ‘emergency license’ by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia in the event of a pandemic or crisis situation shall be admitted to this category.  A physician with emergency membership is not required to pay annual membership dues. 

Emergency members are not entitled to any rights and privileges and may not sit on committees, hold office or vote. Doctors Nova Scotia may obtain contact information for emergency members  that can be used for communicating and sharing relevant information.

Membership dues: $500

Student members

Medical students enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University or funded by the Nova Scotia government to study outside the province, are recognized as student members. Student members are eligible to vote in Board elections; to serve on committees; to attend, participate in and vote at the Annual General Meeting and at special meetings as defined in the Bylaws.

Membership dues: Paid by DMSS.

Resident/fellow members

Postgraduate physicians in training at Dalhousie University are recognized as resident/fellow embers. 

Resident/fellow members may vote in Board elections; are eligible to vote in Board elections; to serve on committees; to attend, participate in and vote at the Annual General Meeting and at special meetings as defined in the Bylaws; and for any other rights and privileges at the Board’s discretion.

Membership dues: Paid by Maritime Resident Doctors.

Non-resident members

  1. A member who takes up residence outside Nova Scotia and is no longer practicing medicine in Nova Scotia may, upon payment of the required annual membership dues, be approved as a non-resident member.

    Non-resident members are eligible to receive general membership communications and for continuation of OMA Life and Disability Insurance upon payment of applicable premiums.

    Membership dues:
    $500
  2. Any resident/fellow member who has trained at Dalhousie University or has been a member of Maritime Resident Doctors, matched with a residency or fellowship training program outside Nova Scotia, and intends to return to Nova Scotia to practice medicine, may, upon payment of the required annual membership dues, be entitled to the same rights and privileges as a non-resident member of the Society. Members can only be eligible for this category of membership if they have held an active student or resident membership with Doctors Nova Scotia prior to leaving the province. Pending approval at the 2018 AGM.

    Membership dues: $50

Honourary members

Honourary members shall be members of the profession or others who have distinguished themselves by their attainments in Medicine or Science or who have rendered extraordinary service to the Society.  Recommendations for election to Honourary Membership shall come solely from the Board of Directors with a unanimous vote. 
Honourary Members are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Society, except they may not sit on committees, hold office or vote.

Membership dues: Complimentary


Contact:

Catherine Carnegy

Member benefits advisor
902-481-4904
1-800-563-3427, ext. 4904
fax: 902-468-3976