17 06, 2017

Guide to the 2017 Ontario Career Start Grant

2017-06-17T15:09:28+00:00 0 Comments

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

2017-06-10T09:58:34+00:00 0 Comments

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

4 06, 2017

Welcome to the new Canadian PA Blog!

2017-06-04T09:24:50+00:00 0 Comments

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

26 05, 2017

How to become a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant

2017-05-27T22:27:58+00:00 Comments Off on How to become a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant

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

21 05, 2017

How to Participate in Tweet Chats

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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

11 05, 2017

How to shadow a Physician Assistant in Canada

2017-05-19T21:30:07+00:00 Comments Off on How to shadow a Physician Assistant in Canada

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

10 05, 2017

What can I do to strengthen my PA application?

2017-05-10T20:29:20+00:00 Comments Off on What can I do to strengthen my PA application?

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

10 05, 2017

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

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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

10 05, 2017

Finding a job as a new PA graduate: the importance of having a network

2017-05-26T17:53:36+00:00 Comments Off on Finding a job as a new PA graduate: the importance of having a network

I’m back, and here to tell you about the second (and happier) part of my journey of getting a job as a new Physician Assistant (PA) graduate. To those of you who read part one about my experience with the Career Start Grant, and have been anxiously awaiting the rest of my story, I apologize for the anxiety! But at the same time, I did end it that way on purpose, so that you

10 05, 2017

Finding a Job as a New PA graduate: Getting Started with the Career Start Grant

2017-05-26T17:53:27+00:00 Comments Off on Finding a Job as a New PA graduate: Getting Started with the Career Start Grant

Hi everyone! It’s an honour to be writing this post for Anne, since this blog played a big role in my decision to pursue a career as a physician assistant (PA). She asked me to share my story about finding a job as a new PA graduate since so many of you have questions about how the process works, and what the job market is like after graduation. To be honest, I think these