PA Advocacy

Interview with the Ontario PA Chapter President


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


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

How to Participate in Tweet Chats


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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Conference Board of Canada Study: Value of PAs in Ontario


There have been two Conference Board of Canada reports published on the Value of PAs and Gaining Efficiency. Since release of the report there has been 21+ media reports about PAs, highlighting how PAs could help relieve strain on health care system. Download the Conference Board of Canada Reports Report 1: Report 2: Free registration in order to access reports (also free).  Kelly Grimes, Senior Health Research

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Physician Assistants in New Brunswick


"The New Brunswick Physician Assistant Experience" presented by Dr. Graeme Young, MD, FRCPC (EM), Dip. Sports Medicine for the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants Annual PA Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 25, 2014. One of the most compelling sessions I attended at the CAPA conference was about the New Brunswick experience with Physician Assistants presented by New Brunswick Emergency Physician Dr. Graeme Young. The following is a

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Twitter Etiquette for Physician Assistants


We have already written about Why Physician Assistants need to get on Twitter, as well as the basics of Signing up for Twitter Account and how to post updates. Here are some quick helpful tips to get the most of your experience on this social media platform. Twitter is an excellent tool, but like giving your contact information to a co-worker, friend, or client - you have entrusted them to not exploit or abuse

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How to use Twitter Hashtags


Twitter is a social media platform where conversations take place. Hashtags are a tool that health care professionals can use to promote their profession, discuss issues around health topics, and to build community with healthcare stake holders - whether thats other health care professionals, members of parliament, the Minister of Health, patients, patient advocacy groups and journalists. Well this all sounds very wonderful, but where do you start? Let me introduce you to, the

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How to use Twitter


It's important to keep up with your industry - for PAs that would be medicine - and trends in patient care and Canadian health care. Social media platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook are great mediums to read articles and follow health care organizations, research and news. Think about what your goals for using twitter will be: Reading health care news PA advocacy (hashtags #CanadaNeedsPAs) Networking with other health care professionals (messaging/retweeting other providers, tweetchats)

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Why Physician Assistants need to get on Twitter


Working with social media savvy Joanna Chan, I've learned a tremendous amount about the impact that twitter can have on advancing the PA profession. We can use the tools that are available to us (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc) to reach out to important stakeholders in health care -  our own PA community, patients, patient advocacy groups, physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other health care professionals. Strength in Numbers - One problem I've come across

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