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CAPA 2016 Research Posters

CAPA 2016 Research Posters

As per CAPA, “The poster session is an opportunity for PAs to share the results of their research or the details of interesting clinical cases and to stimulate discussion with their colleagues.”

My colleague and I put together an systematic review about PAs in preventative care. One of our conclusions was that although use of PAs in preventative health has had an overall positive impact, there was a lack of research of PAs in this area, especially of Canadian studies.

We had 13 poster presentations this year to present over a 45 minute period. Each presentation lasting 2-4 minutes with time for questions.

Natalie Dies, CCPA – Changing PA Positions

Natalie Dies, CCPA presents on her transition from one PA job to another. 11% of Canadian PAs transition positions over their career. She reflects on loss of funding for her position at  job she enjoyed, and how in 48 hours she became proactive and was able to obtain a job within 2 weeks. Outpatient was not a good job. In each of her jobs, her autonomy increased. There is no curricula / formal training. Suggestion for formal training in areas of medicine, curriculum for all fields of medicine.

Heather Wittick, PAS2 – Vitamin D in Patients with CLL

Heather Wittick, 2nd year Manitoba Student with her project on assess vitamin D levels in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)  patients and correlate deficiencies with prognostic markers.

N. Semaniuk, CCPA – Partial Trisomy 10p and 4q Monosomy

N. Semaniuk presented a case study on partial trisomy 10p and 4q monosomy. Patient was misdiagnosed with Trisomy 10p in 1993 and actually presented with Partial Trisomy and 4q monosomy.

Saira Rashid, CCPA & Alifiya Goriawala, CCPA – PA Led Hospital Discharge Program

Saira Rashid, CCPA and Alifiya Goriawala, CCPA developed a Physician Assistant-led discharge program to understand patients’ education & psychosocial needs following discharge from colorectal discharge. The found main concern of patients they found was stoma issues. By addressing, they were able to prevent 5-7 emergency room visits within 30 days. Patients love hearing back from their patients. There is a need for discharge program.

Kristen Burrows, CCPA – Economics of Labour Substitution

Kristen Burrows, BSc, BHSc (PA), MSc, CCPA and Assistant Dean of McMaster PA Program explains we must be cautious with the term “Substitution” of PA work for MD tasks. Instead, we may look at being ‘complimentary’ to physician services. An example, PAs in Emergency are helping hospitals meet their wait times and receive incentive bonuses from the initiatives.


Kristen Burrow's Second POster

Kristen explains why the HPRAC recommended to Minister of Health in 2012 that Physician Assistants not be regulated in Ontario. A look at the stakeholders and factors that contributed to the outcome.

Dr. Doug Myhre, MD – Competency based PA program

Dr. Doug Myhre, who is involved with heading the implementation of a PA Education program in Alberta, discusses his poster regarding competency-based medical education physician assistant program: lessons learned. Clarity of roles is extremely important. He reflects on curriculum development, and collaboration across PA program in terms of sharing data.

Kristen Burrows, CCPA – Economics of Labour Substitution

Kristen Burrows, BSc, BHSc (PA), MSc, CCPA and Assistant Dean of McMaster PA Program explains we must be cautious with the term “Substitution” of PA work for MD tasks. Instead, we may look at being ‘complimentary’ to physician services. An example, PAs in Emergency are helping hospitals meet their wait times and receive incentive bonuses from the initiatives.

Tips on Getting Started Research

  • Doing a simple review that requires funding or research review
  • Aim for getting published within the next 6 months.
  • It may be start with little questions, not a big framework.

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About the Author:

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.