Anne

About Anne Dang

Anne is a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant working in Orthopaedic Surgery and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Ontario. She is the founder and a writer at canadianpa.ca. She is long time blogger and web graphic designer, and loves to use social media and tech as a medium to promote medical education and the PA Profession.

How PAs can participate in PA Advocacy

2017-08-21T19:21:06+00:00

Merriam-Webster defines Advocate as, "to support or argue for (a cause or policy)". Physician Assistants are natural advocates, this is required as part of training as outlined by  CanMeds-PA . We use our expertise and knowledge to positively influence the health of Canadian patients. This includes advocating for patient safety, adapting to the practice, management and needs of a patient, advocating for a patient's individual rights, consider the determinants of health (psychological, biological, social, cultural

How to enter your CPD/CME Credits

2017-08-21T19:20:52+00:00

Physician Assistants in Canada write the PA Certification Exam once, and in order to maintain their "Certified" status, they must obtain a certain number of CPD hours. CPD stands for "Continuing Professional Development", which is also known as CME or "Continuing Medical Education". Be sure to visit the CAPA Physician Assistant Certification Council of Canada (PACCC) website for specific requirements. Step 1: Login When you visit http://capa-acam.ca, in

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Guide to the 2017 Ontario Career Start Grant

2017-08-21T19:20:46+00:00

On June 15, 2017, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) announced that applications for the Career Start Program to employ Ontario's 2017 PA graduates. Here is an overview of the timeline and some of the requirements for the Ontario 2017 Career Start Program. Go to Career Start Program Site Now 2017 Career Start Grant Key Points Time-limited grant from MOHLTC for employers

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Welcome to the new Canadian PA Blog!

2017-06-04T09:24:50+00:00

Welcome to canadianpa.ca, a blog and community for anyone looking to learn about the Physician Assistant profession in Canada. Formerly hosted @ anneccpa.wordpress.com, this blog was launched back in 2011 when I was a new PA grad and looking to share information with prospective students and my fellow peers. What to expect - We have some big ideas around PA advocacy, promotion and providing resources for pre-PAs, PA students, practicing PAs, and physicians hoping to work with PAs. This

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How to become a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant

2017-05-27T22:27:58+00:00

The Canadian Association of Physician Assistants has a wonderful flow chart you can use to help navigate becoming a PA in Canada. I also strongly recommend reviewing each of the PA program websites for the most accurate, up to date information on their admissions process. This is simply a rough guideline. Step 1: Take the pre-requisite courses & fulfill admission criteria  Check the admission requirements for the program and ensure you take the appropriate

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How to Participate in Tweet Chats

2017-05-27T22:30:18+00:00

Apart from posting twitter updates, twitter has been used to host 1 hour "tweet chats" around different topics of conversations.  Twitter chats allow twitter users to meet at a designated time and have live conversations using hashtags. What are examples of Twitter Chats? This article from Tweet Reports outlines many tweet chats, when they take place, and who moderates those chats, and includes everything from entrepreneur chats, DIY

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How to shadow a Physician Assistant in Canada

2017-05-19T21:30:07+00:00

I really recommend reading Trust Me, I’m a PA Student’s – Guide to Shadowing a PA to learn how to make the most of these opportunities. Shadowing is a great way: to learn about how PAs practice. the nature of the PA/MD relationship how a PA is incorporated in a certain practice setting (e.g. Family medicine, vs. ER, vs. specialty practice like Plastic Surgery or Nephrology). whether this is a position you'd be interested

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What can I do to strengthen my PA application?

2017-05-10T20:29:20+00:00

In the long term: Work on developing yourself, achieving good grades in school, expanding your experiences both in and outside the classroom and building confidence in various soft skills (communications, leadership, etc.). I expand on this in the answer to #4 (see below). Sandy Vuong, a current McMaster PA student has a few articles on how to make the most of your pre-PA education. In the short term: I truly believe the more informed, and well-researched

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What courses should I take/extra-curriculars to stand out on PA admissions?

2017-05-19T20:39:51+00:00

Usually variations of this question go along the lines of: What courses should I take to get into PA school? What kind of extra-curriculars should I be involved in? Or in essence: “What do I need to do to look like the ideal PA candidate?” These are quite subjective questions to ask, so the answers you get will depend on who you ask. Advice I give here is reflective of a personal opinion, and does not

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New PA Grad BG discusses finding work thru Career Start

2017-08-21T19:20:29+00:00

When and how did you start preparing for job process? I started preparing for the job process near the end of my last rotation. I worked on my resume and cover letter while studying for the Canadian Entry to Practice Certification Exam, which unfortunately was scheduled in the middle of Health Force Ontario’s (HFO) hiring cycle. Once the list of HFO funded jobs are released, I sent out my application. I adapted the idea

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