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 members

Unless otherwise provided for in these 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 of the Society, including the right to hold office and vote.

Life members

Any member of the Society in good standing for the immediately preceding ten (10) year period and who has attained the age of sixty-five (65) years is eligible for Life Membership. Nominations may be made by any Full Member of the Society. Life Membership may only be bestowed by unanimous approval of the members of the Board of Directors present and voting. No more than two (2) may be elected in any one year. Life 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 of the Society, including the right to hold office and vote, but have no obligation to pay annual membership dues.

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 of the Society, including the right to hold office and vote.

  • Annual 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 of the Society, including the right to hold office and vote.

  • Annual 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 Medical Student Members of the Society. Medical Student Members are eligible to:

(a) serve on committees of the Society;
(b) vote in Board of Directors elections; and
(c) attend, participate in and vote at the Annual General Meeting and at Special Meetings as defined in the Bylaws.

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

Resident/fellows

Postgraduate physicians in training at Dalhousie University are recognized as Resident/Fellow Members. Resident/Fellow Members are eligible:

(a) to serve on committees of the Society;
(b) vote in Board of Directors elections;
(c) to attend, participate in and vote at the Annual General Meeting and at Special Meetings as defined in the Bylaws; and
(d) for any other rights and privileges at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Non-resident members

A member of the Society who takes up residence outside Nova Scotia and is no longer practicing medicine in Nova Scotia may, upon application to the Chief Executive Officer and payment of the required annual membership dues, be approved as a Non-Resident Member of the Society. Non-Resident Members are eligible:

(a) to receive general membership communications; and
(b) for continuation of OMA Life and Disability Insurance upon payment of applicable premiums.

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.

  • Annual membership dues: $500

Honorary 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.

      Read more about membership categories (Doctors Nova Scotia Rules and Regulations 2018)

      Contact

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