Nova Scotia Community Hospital Programs

Convenient learning opportunities                               

 The Nova Scotia Community Hospital (CHP) programs give you the opportunity for professional development at a hospital near you, limiting disruption to your practice or your personal commitments. Discussing local cultures and challenges for change with colleagues provides a unique learning opportunity.

In consultation with Dalhousie Continuing Professional Development (CPD), local practitioners develop the content, objectives, and deliver education in formats that are most likely to enhance your practice. And since we offer programs in 14 Nova Scotia hospitals, there will be a program nearby that interests you. This program is supported financially by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.  It is occasionally enhanced with pharmaceutical industry sponsorship by means of educational grants.   

We're gearing up for the 2021-22 Academic Year starting in September. Keep posted for new programs as they are booked, in all 14 of our Nova Scotia hospital communities.

PLEASE NOTE: Given the uncertainty around COVID-19, CHP this year will adopt blended module. Some sessions will be delivered virtually, while some will be in person sessions.   

Remember that all physicians are welcomed to attend any accredited program; you are not restricted to attending only the programs in the hospital you have privileges in.

The weekly Tuesday "Current Events" email blast is back as of August 20th. If you are a physician and wish to start receiving weekly reminders of all our accredited events, please fill in this form and get your name on our blast-list!

Please note:  Given the uncertainty around COVID-19, CHP this year will adopt blended module. Some sessions will be delivered virtually, while some will be in person sessions.

To access the virtual CHP:

- Enter your name (Firstname Lastname) in the Guest box
- No registration required 

To attend the online presentation you will need:
-   A computer with internet access, high-speed preferred, but not required.
-   Computer speakers or headset – (required to hear the presentation)

If this is your first time attending one of our webinars please join 10 minutes early in case you get asked to download the Adobe Connect app. 

Date / Time Topic Speaker
Oct 26 Tue 6-8 pm Simplifying the Lumpy Neck - Thyroid Nodules in Primary Care (in person in Yarmouth) Dr. Magdalena Kujath 
Nov 4 Thu 7-8 pm Bipolar Disorder (Family Doctor Perspective) (virtual) Dr. Lara Hazelton
Nov 9 Tue 7-8:30 pm 2021 Updated Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) Clinical Practice Guidelines on Heart Failure (virtual) Dr. Robert Stewart
Nov 16 Tue 7-8 pm Motivating the Diabetic to Lifestyle Change (virtual) Dr. Michael Vallis
Nov 18 Thu 7-8 pm An Approach to a First Seizure (virtual) Dr. Stephanie Woodroffe
Dec 6 Mon 6:30-8:30 pm Building an Effective Collaborative Family Practice Team with Family Practice Nurses (virtual) Drs. Joanna Zed & Roetka Gradstein
Dec 7 Tue 7-8 pm Pain in MS (virtual) Dr. Suzanne Salsman
Dec 9 Thu 7-8 pm Skin Cancer (virtual) Dr. Michael Stevens
Jan 6 Thu 7-8 pm  Management of Anxiety and Depression (virtual) Drs. Andrew Harris & Lara Hazelton
Jan 11 Tue 7-8 pm Multiple Sclerosis (virtual) Dr. Natalie Parks
Jan 20 Thu 7-8 pm Update on Parkinson's Disease (virtual) Dr. Kerrie Schoffer
Jan 25 Tue 7-8 pm TREKK and Other Paediatric ER Issues (virtual) Dr. Shannon MacPhee
Feb 2 Wed 12-1 pm Measles (virtual) Dr. Jeannette Comeau 
Feb 3 Thu 7-8 pm Chronic Renal Failure (virtual) Dr. Karthik Tennankore
Feb 10 Thu 7-8 pm A Review of HRT (virtual) Dr. Melissa Brooks
Mar 3 Thu 12-1 pm Wrist Injuries (virtual) Dr. David Johnston
Mar 22 Tue 7-8 pm Biliary Pancreatic Disease (virtual) Dr. Geoff Williams
Mar 29 Tue 7-8 pm Examining Musculo-Skeletal (virtual) Dr. Kate Montgomery
Mar 31 Thu 7-8 pm Prescribing & De-Prescribing for the Elderly (virtual) Dr. Alethea Lacas
Apr 7 Thu 12-1 pm Thrive MD:  Physician Wellness (Part 1) (virtual) Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy
Apr 7 Thu 7-8 pm Thrive MD:  Physician Wellness (Part 1) (virtual) Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy
Apr 12 Tue 7-8 pm Hot Topics in General Pediatrics (virtual) Dr. Drew Yamada
Apr 14 Thu 7-8 pm Mining Data in the EMR and Other Tips and Tricks (virtual) Dr. Michael Wadden
May 5 Thu 12-1 pm Thrive MD:  Physician Wellness (Part 2) (virtual) Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy
May 5 Thu 7-8 pm Thrive MD:  Physician Wellness (Part 2) (virtual) Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy
May 12 Thu 7-8 pm Update on Hematological Malignancies (virtual) Dr. Mahmoud Elsawy
Jun 2 Thu 7-8 pm Screening in Family Practice - What to Test on Who, When Dr. Lisa Bonang
Jun 15 Wed 7-8 pm Nephrotoxic Drugs (virtual) Dr. Penelope Poyah
Jun 23 Thu 12-1 pm Chest Tubes (in person in Inverness) Dr. Daniel French

Handouts from previous presentations

Oct 20 Updates on Guidelines with Dr. Gus Grant | Video Link

Oct 14 Approach to Dizziness and Vertigo with Dr. Blair Williams | Video Link

Oct 5 Dermatology - including on Management of Acne and Psoriasis with Dr. Kerri Purdy | Video Link

Sep 22 Management of Pressure Injuries with Kimberly Lacey | Video Link

Sep 15 Critical Thinking in Medicine with Dr. Pat Croskerry | Video Link

(posted for six months)


Find out more

If you’d like more information on specific programs, or to discuss program opportunities? Contact Mary Ann Robinson at 902-494-1459 or 

Thank you to our physician-coordinators

Without our physician-coordinators, these programs would not be possible.

Thank you to:

  Dr. Kelly Morris
  Dr. Karen MacDonald
  Dr. Jules d'Entremont Bridgewater    
  Dr. Kenneth Cameron Dartmouth    
  Dr. Lisa MacIntyre
  Dr. Rhea MacDonald Inverness    
  Dr. Chris Bauer Kentville    
  Dr. Norah Mogan
  Dr. Irene Moore
  Dr. Simran Ohson New Glasgow    
  Dr. Alexander Wawer
North Sydney
  Dr. Farokh Buhariwalla Sydney    
  Dr. Andria MacAulay Truro    
  Dr. Islam Eissa