Education sessions

Education sessions

Doctors Nova Scotia’s 2019 annual conference education session focused on the opportunities and implications of technology on health and health care.

Keynote speaker, Philip Edgcumbe, PhD, is a Singularity University faculty member, a medical student in the MD/PhD program at UBC and has a PhD in biomedical engineering.

He has a goal of positively impacting the health of a billion people by connecting medicine, biomedical research and entrepreneurship.

The keynote address segued from the future of technology in health care to the challenges of the reality and the need to continue to push the envelope, despite challenges.

The session closed with a focus on three Nova Scotia physicians who are using technology to improve patient care. Each talked about their work and conference attendees had an opportunity to ask questions.

  • Dr. Trixie Gregoire, a Halifax-based family physician, fully uses MyHealthNS to better serve her patients
  • Dr. Jackie Kinley, a Halifax-based psychiatrist, is testing an APP (Mpower) to help workers overcome stress and build resilience
  • Dr. David LaPierre, a Digby-based family physician, is trialing virtual patient care to an under-serviced community

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the Continuing Professional Development Office of Dalhousie University for up to 2.25 Mainpro+ credits.

As an accredited provider, Dalhousie University, Continuing Professional Development, designates this continuing professional development activity for up to 2.25 credit hours as an accredited group learning Section 1 activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Philip Edgcumbe, PhD
Philip Edgcumbe, a medical student at the University of British Columbia, is looking to positively impact the health of a billion people by connecting medicine, biomedical research and entrepreneurship. And he is already well on his way to achieving that goal. In 2013, he was the medical expert for a company focusing on early Alzheimer’s detection. In 2016, he co-founded Lume Biotics, a company developing a device to treat infections with phototherapy, and attended Singularity University to apply exponential technologies to medical innovation. He is a 2017 recipient of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award, which recognizes medical students for community leadership, communication skills, and advancing knowledge and innovation in Canadian health care. Also in 2017, under Philip’s leadership, the Alzheimer’s team received top honours at the annual XPRIZE Visioneers Summit, was listed as the top priority for the 2018 XPRIZE launch, and received $25 million USD in pledged support from Ric and Jean Edelman, founders of Edelman Financial Services.

Dr. Trixie Gregoire is a family physician in a group practice located here in Halifax. Her focus is on maintaining health over a lifetime and has patients from infancy to geriatrics.  Originally from rural NB, Dr. Gregoire received her BSc from UNB and MD from the University of Western Ontario. She completed her family medicine residency in the rural program at Western as well.  Dr. Gregoire has been using a personal health record for almost 7 years to help improve communication and information sharing with her patients.

Dr. Jacqueline Kinley trained in Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre. She completed advanced training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Denver PsychoAnalytic Institute. She is an Assistant Professor in the Dalhousie University Department of Psychiatry, has been Director of the Psychotherapy Training Program and is currently the Director of the QE II Mental Health Day Treatment Program. She founded the Atlantic Institute of Resilience in Halifax, a resilience training institute that builds mental fitness at work and is the author of Mental Fitness: the Game Change. She has been involved in Propel ICT an Atlantic Technology incubator. She is perhaps most importantly a wife, and a mother and works to maintain a work/life balance!

Dr. David LaPierre is originally from Kentville, NS and lived in Ontario for the past seven years. He attended Western University as a family medicine resident, and then practiced and lived in Chatham, ON for four years with his family. He is passionate about health care education and research, community development and global health, and playing Lego with his kids. Dr. LaPierre lives in Kentville and he works in an NSHA clinic there. He also runs in-person and virtual care clinics in Digby.


Melissa Murray
Communications coordinator
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4923