11 08, 2017

Interview with the Ontario PA Chapter President

2017-08-13T20:55:17+00:00 0 Comments

I first met Deniece when I was in my very first year at the McMaster Physician Assistant Program back in September 2010. She was an American trained Physician Assistant who was recruited from California to teach at the PA program at McMaster by our then dean, Dr. John Cunnington. Deniece taught our PBL courses and IER (interview, examination and reasoning) classes. She now practices in Family Medicine, and Orthopaedic Surgery, while also teaching at the PA

8 08, 2017

How PAs can participate in PA Advocacy

2017-08-21T19:21:06+00:00 0 Comments

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

31 07, 2017

Q&A with a Canadian Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant

2017-08-21T19:48:51+00:00 3 Comments

From Anne: Sahand is a McMaster PA grad graduating from Class of 2013. He served as the McMaster PA Student Association (MPASA) President for his class, and has been an advocate for the PA Profession. He now works in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital Network (UHN)  in Toronto, Ontario.  Sahand teaches at the McMaster PA Program covering Interview Examination and Reasoning Skills (IER). He is also involved in the PA student mentorship program and preceptors

23 07, 2017

Questions to Ask Employers during PA Job Interviews

2017-08-21T19:20:57+00:00 1 Comment

Although civilian PAs have been working in Canada since 2006, there’s no question that integrating them is still a work in progress.  If you are lucky, you’ll be applying for jobs where the supervising physicians and hospitals already have PAs and have worked out some (but probably not all) of the bugs in the system.  Most of the time, however, you’re likely to be the first PA your potential employer has ever met.  But

13 07, 2017

A Day in the Life of an Internal Medicine & Critical Care PA

2017-08-21T19:48:44+00:00 1 Comment

Ken is a Canadian Certified PA and graduate of the Consortium of PA Education (University of Toronto, Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and Michener Institute) Class of 2015. He now works in North Bay Regional Health Centre, where he is based out of the Critical Care Unit (CCU) and works with Internal Medicine Specialists. You can follow him on twitter @ken_crosby. What is Internal Medicine? What

10 07, 2017

How to enter your CPD/CME Credits

2017-08-21T19:20:52+00:00 Comments Off on How to enter your CPD/CME Credits

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

1 07, 2017

PA Practice in Manitoba vs. Ontario

2017-08-21T19:48:37+00:00 1 Comment

Natalie Dies is a graduate of the McMaster PA Education Program, Class of 2012 and is one of the few PAs in Canada who has worked in 3 different provinces for her PA career. Her journey started in Ontario. Natalie completed many of her elective rotations in surgical subspecialties, knowing that she had a strong preference for perioperative medicine. She "created" a general surgery position after completing an elective, working in a large academic tertiary

26 06, 2017

A Look at American PA admissions

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From Anne: I met Christian a while back on an online community. We stayed in touch and it was fascinating to learn she had decided to become a PA! Christian had some health care experience prior to applying to American PA schools. Here Christian outlines her experience with the American PA school system, and I insert (here and there) some commentary about the difference in the Canadian system. How I

17 06, 2017

Guide to the 2017 Ontario Career Start Grant

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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

10 06, 2017

Tips to Excel in your 1st & 2nd year PA School

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From Anne: Viet Le is an American Cardiology PA & Researcher, who teaches as part of the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Masters PA Program. His resume is quite remarkable, but is extremely helpful when it comes to giving pearls of advice for PA students and new PA grads on what it takes to succeed as a PA student and in the job hunt.  I was browsing my tweeter feed and noticed a twitter