Practicing PAs

Guide to the 2017 Ontario Career Start Grant

2017-06-17T15:09:28+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

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

2017-05-26T17:53:36+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

2017-05-26T17:53:27+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

2017-05-11T09:09:06+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

2017-05-19T21:22:17+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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New PA Grad Andrew reflects on the PA Job Hunt

2017-05-27T09:04:27+00:00

I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew who completed an Orthopaedic Surgery elective rotation with us during his second year of PA school. My PA colleague and I were delighted to hear he secured a position in Orthopaedic Surgery (it's a not-so-secret bias that we hope all of the students who rotate with us end up in Ortho/MSK). He has kindly agreed to write about his experience as part of the 2016 Career Start

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Can UK PAs practice in Canada? Can Canadian PAs practice in the UK?

2017-05-10T07:29:32+00:00

Physician Assistants are more commonly known as Physician Associates in the United Kingdom (UK) and work with physicians. Like Canadian and American PAs, Physician Associates have direct patient contact, taking histories, performing physical examinations, ordering and interpreting investigations (such as blood work or imaging), diagnosing medical conditions and initiating treatment plans. They are autonomous, but dependent practitioners, which means they work under the supervising of the supervising physician. They are also trained under the medical model like

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Can US PAs practice in Canada? Can Canadian PAs practice in the US?

2017-05-09T10:03:03+00:00

The short answer is the Canadian trained and certified Physician Assistants cannot practice in the United States. However, American trained and certified Physician Assistants can practice in Canada. Canadian PAs cannot practice in the US At present the American NCCPA has not accredited any PA programs in Canada therefore Canadian PAs cannot write the PA-C certification (PANCE or PANRE) exam for the US. If Canadian PAs were interested in practicing

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Where to find Physician Assistant Jobs in Canada

2017-04-20T00:08:39+00:00

Here I list the best resources for where to look for PA jobs in Canada. Job Postings Across Canada 1. CAPA PA Job Listings Membership required. The Canadian Association of Physician Assistant website is often the first resource employers access when they are interested in hiring a PA. These employers will often contact CAPA, who will post the job listing for free on

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