Physician navigator program

Physician navigator program

The Physician Navigator Program offers guidance and moral support on what to expect throughout an investigation by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS).

The service is provided at no cost at the request of the physician undergoing the investigation.

What physician navigators do

Physician navigators volunteer their time and knowledge to help their colleagues “navigate” through the challenges and stress of an investigation. Talking with a physician navigator – by telephone, email or in person – may reduce the isolation and stress some physicians experience when going through an investigation or disciplinary process.

What physician navigators can’t do

Navigators can't provide advice related to the details of a specific case or comment on the validity of a complaint. Either of these could cause further disciplinary action because it could be considered a breach of doctor-patient confidentiality. 

How the program works

If you’re undergoing an investigation by the CPSNS and would like peer support, simply email or telephone one of the four volunteers and request a conversation. 

Navigators aim to respond to all requests within two business days.

Navigator qualities

Navigators demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Thorough knowledge of the investigation process
  • Courteous, honest and non-judgmental
  • Good listener
  • Good communications skills
  • Readily available
  • Good understanding of boundaries and the role of a support person
  • Can maintain a neutral position during a complaint process 

Contact a navigator see contacts below.


Dr. John Chiasson
Program Chair
Dr. Donna Gilmour
Dr. Renee Lutwick
Dr. Don Rowe