“Living in New Glasgow, we are able to live on the ocean and watch the sunsets over the harbor every night.”
Dr. Dan Dittaro is a physician in the emergency department at the Aberdeen Hospital. Born and raised in Vanderhoof, British Columbia, Dr. Dittaro completed his medical doctorate at the Northern Medical Program based at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. Dr. Dittaro completed his residency in family medicine in Saint John, New Brunswick and then accepted a full-time emergency medicine position in New Glasgow.
“I was able to start my career doing exactly what I wanted to do - community based emergency medicine with opportunities for mentoring students and residents,” says Dr. Dittaro. “I am fortunate that the emergency department staff and physicians are a tight group. We enjoy working and socializing together.”
Dr. Dittaro says his role consists of 90% community emergency medicine and 10% administrative work with plenty of opportunities for other work. “Your practice can really be what you want it to be in Nova Scotia,” he explains. He advises new physicians coming to Nova Scotia to “make a couple key contacts in each area of the province because there are many opportunities out there.”
When asked what makes him the happiest about practicing in Nova Scotia, Dr. Dittaro says, “working with such an outstanding and supportive group of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and administrative staff at the hospital.”
Dr. Dittaro has a quick 15-minute commute to work and enjoys easy access to nearby beaches, trails, and parks. “Living in New Glasgow, we are able to live on the ocean and get to watch sunsets over the harbor every night”, says Dr. Dittaro, adding that the cost of living is affordable and “You would not be able to live on the waterfront everywhere!”
When he isn’t working, Dr. Dittaro and his wife are busy with their three boys, ages thirteen, two, and one, and their two dogs. The community offers plenty of activities for the entire family, including soccer, swimming, gymnastics, hockey, golf, and cycling. He spends many winter days at the rink or gym. Dr. Dittaro also enjoys playing indoor soccer at the local field house during the winter months. Summers are spent cycling the Jitney Trail, walking his dogs, and spending time in the pool or at the beach with his family.