Practicing PAs

Interview with the Ontario PA Chapter President

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

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

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

Questions to Ask Employers during PA Job Interviews

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

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

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

2017-08-21T19:20:37+00:00

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

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

2017-08-14T14:10:51+00:00

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

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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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New PA Grad Celina on finding work outside the Career Start Grant

2017-08-14T14:11:10+00:00

I met Celina a few times while she was a first year PA student when I helped to facilitate the Casting Workshop at University of Toronto, and again seeing her at the CAPA Conference in Winnipeg in 2016. Celina's experience with finding employment after graduation was unique, as she was employed before Health Force Ontario jobs were released in the fall of 2016. I thought it would be valuable to get her perspective on the

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