The province has changed its existing physician incentive programs to encourage more doctors to choose Nova Scotia. Geographic restrictions for the Tuition Relief Program, the Family Medicine Bursary and the Debt Assistance Plan have been removed to support recruitment of family doctors to urban communities. Previously the programs were available for doctors in rural areas. These changes are effective immediately. “Doctors and medical residents have asked for more flexibility, and we’ve listened,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “We need family doctors in urban and rural communities. Removing these restrictions and expanding eligibility offers more choice and added incentive to practise in Nova Scotia.” The three programs will now also be available to those working in full-time, part-time and locum positions. “We are pleased government is expanding these incentives, increasing the flexibility and opportunity for new physicians to access these funds,” said Dr. Caitlin Lees, president, Maritime Resident Doctors. “The debt new physicians bring into practise from their training is a great concern and assistance paying off that debt can significantly impact where they set up practice. We believe increasing these programs can do nothing but make Nova Scotia more attractive for new physicians.” The Tuition Relief Program repays up to $120,000 of a physician’s medical school tuition in exchange for a five-year commitment to practise in Nova Scotia. It is now available to eligible family doctors who want to practise in urban areas. Other eligibility changes include: availability to those on either full or defined licences specialists in urban areas may qualify if they agree to provide some services in underserviced areas physicians with return of service agreements through the International Medical Graduate clerkship or residency programs are now eligible The Family Medicine Bursary provides residents $60,000 to establish a family practice in exchange for a three-year commitment to practise in Nova Scotia. Other program changes give residents more choice through expanded practice location options and more time to select and finalize a practice site. The Debt Assistant Plan offers eligible physicians who choose to practise in Nova Scotia between $20,000 and $45,000. “It’s important physicians are incented to work in communities that not only need their services, but are also a good fit for them and their family,” said Nancy MacCready-Williams, CEO, Doctors Nova Scotia. “Adding more flexibility to the incentive programs means physicians have more choice in where they live and work, which makes Nova Scotia a more attractive place to practise medicine.” The province also offers educational incentives for international medical graduates to help them prepare for and complete residency training before practising in Canada. Participants in the International Medical Graduate clerkship and residency programs will also have more time to select a practice site. Visit https://physicians.novascotia.ca/support.html for more information on the province’s physician incentive programs.
SAN DIEGO — Jordan Schakel and Matt Mitchell scored 15 points apiece for San Diego State, which routed Jackson State 87-44 Tuesday night.The Aztecs (4-2) bounced back from their appearance at the Maui Invitational, where they were routed by then-No. 1 Duke, rallied to beat Xavier and then were routed by Iowa State.Jalen McDaniels added 14 points, Nolan Narain 11 and Devin Watson 10 for SDSU.Chris Howell and Jeremiah Bozeman scored nine points apiece for Jackson State (1-6). The Tigers had more turnovers, 23, than shots made, 15.San Diego State committed 21 turnovers.SDSU jumped out to leads of 9-0 and 16-2. Hemsley, Mitchell and Watson each made a 3-pointer for a 9-0 lead that forced the Tigers to take a timeout. McDaniels made a baseline jumper for an 11-0 lead before Jackson State made its first basket, a reverse layup by Venji Wallis.The Aztecs led 49-21 at halftime. The Tigers had only eight field goals while committing 16 turnovers.BIG PICTUREJackson State: The Tigers went 0-2 in San Diego. They lost 76-58 at San Diego on Saturday night despite leading by nine points midway through the first half.San Diego State: The Aztecs needed a laugher after a rough appearance in Maui, where they were lost by 26 points to Duke, rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat Xavier 79-74 and then lost 87-57 to Iowa State to finish sixth in the eight-team tourney.UP NEXTJackson State visits Santa Clara on Thursday night, their third stop on a four-game West Coast swing.San Diego State plays at Illinois State on Saturday as part of the Missouri Valley-Mountain West Challenge.Bernie Wilson, The Associated Press