Membership categories

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Membership categories

Doctors Nova Scotia (DNS) serves practising and retired physicians, residents (including fellows), and medical students. It offers members extended health and dental coverage, a professional support program and a parental leave program.


Full DNS members

Full DNS members live in Nova Scotia and are licensed with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia to practise medicine in the province. They have full DNS voting rights and may apply for DNS benefits.

Special consideration members

Special consideration members are full DNS members who are not actively practising medicine due to parental, educational, occupational or medical leave, or disciplinary action. Apart from physicians under disciplinary action, members with special consideration may hold office, vote, serve on committees and apply for DNS benefits. 

  • Annual membership dues: $500

Life/honorary members

Life/honorary members are members who have been awarded with lifetime honorary membership by the DNS Board of Directors. They have all of the rights and privileges of the association, and may apply for DNS benefits. 

  • Annual membership dues: Complimentary
  • By appointment only

Retired members

Retired members are former full members who are fully retired. They have all of the rights and privileges of the association, may vote and hold office. 

  • Annual membership dues: $250

Residents/fellows

Residents/fellows are postgraduate physicians in training. They may serve on committees and vote at the discretion of the Board of Directors. 

Student members

Student members are medical students in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia medical students at Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec. They may serve on DNS committees and vote at the discretion of the Board of Directors. 

  • Annual membership dues: Paid by Dalhousie Medical Students’ Society (DMSS)
  • Apply for student membership

Non-resident members

Non-resident members reside outside of Nova Scotia and have either canceled their licence or changed it to a non-resident licence. They cannot hold office nor vote, but may apply for life and disability insurance through the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), and may access the members-only areas of this website.

  • Annual membership dues: $500

 

Contact

Catherine Gervais
Member benefits advisor
902-481-4904
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4904