Pre-PA

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 become a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant

2017-05-27T22:27:58+00:00

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

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How to shadow a Physician Assistant in Canada

2017-05-19T21:30:07+00:00

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

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What can I do to strengthen my PA application?

2017-05-10T20:29:20+00:00

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

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

2017-05-19T20:39:51+00:00

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

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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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