The leadership of Doctors Nova Scotia (DNS) has changed. At the association’s annual conference on June 10, general anesthesiologist Dr. Colin Audain of Halifax was inaugurated in as DNS’s new president.
Dr. Audain stated that although primary care is not the only issue in healthcare, it is now the most urgent. “During my term, I hope to see primary care stabilized in the province.”
As contract negotiations are at their most intense and there is optimism that a deal will soon be confirmed, Dr. Audain is elected president.
In his line of work, he observes the general shortage of healthcare resources and the detrimental consequences it has on the medical team as they make do with less. He worries that the outcome could be greater decreases in health human resources as a result of burnout that develops over time.
The new contracts, according to Dr. Audain, offer long-overdue opportunity to collaborate with partners in the health system to improve healthcare in Nova Scotia.
Dr. Audain has looked for possibilities to make a significant contribution to the healthcare system throughout his career. His warm personality, attentiveness, strong organizational and communication abilities, and numerous leadership qualities—developed through education and experience—are attested to by those who know him.
Dr. Audain is acutely aware of the significance of equity, diversity, and inclusion as a member of the Promoting Leadership in Health for African Nova Scotians advisory group and the Black Physicians of Nova Scotia Society.
Dr. Audain continues his father, Dr. Vincent Audain,’s legacy by taking over as president of DNS. Ophthalmologist Dr. Audain Sr. served as president from 1988 to 1989.
He was able to observe personally what was necessary to succeed in medical school by living with friends who were medical students.
Ironically, it wasn’t until he enrolled in Dalhousie University’s medical program (1998–2002) that he discovered more about his father’s early morning routine and the motivation behind it.
Dr. Audain was initially unsure about his specialty choice, but he was leaning toward one that had a substantial procedural component. His interest in anesthesiology was initially sparked by this; nevertheless, he soon developed a fascination with the way a patient’s physiology is affected in the operating room.
More information about the new DNS President at https://www.yourdoctors.ca/blog/health-care/colin-audain
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