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PA Admissions 2017-11-19T13:42:52+00:00

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  • Canadian Physician Assistant Admissions

Do I meet Admission Criteria for Canadian Physician Assistant Programs?

There are four PA programs in Canada, one military and three civilian programs. The most common questions we get in our Canadian Pre-PA Student Networking Group often have to do with, "I have a GPA of X, is this good enough to get in? What courses do you recommend taking? Do I need health care experience  to apply to the PA Programs in

  • Nurse Practitioner Physician Assistant, Registered Nurse (1)

Choosing Nurse Practitioner of Physician Assistant? A Choice for Registered Nurses

A Registered Nurse is a healthcare professional who cares for patients in hospitals, schools, correctional facilities and other health care settings. RNs also work in public health and research. You can find them in all departments of the hospital and physician’s office - family medicine, paediatrics, psychiatry, ICU, and operating room. To become a Registered Nurse, you must complete a Bachelor of Science

Obtaining Health Care Experience for Canadian PA Program Admissions

When speaking with PA students in our Canada Pre-PA Student Networking group on Facebook, many feel they are unable to apply to the PA Consortium (University of Toronto, NOSM, Michener) program because they do not meet the “health care experience”. PA Consortium accepts health care employment, clinical placements as part of an education program, and volunteer work as part of the 910 hours

  • Physician Assistant Program course in University of Toronto

University of Toronto Physician Assistant Program Overview

Information from the PA Consortium PA Program Information Session that took place during Fall Campus Day, St. George Campus at University of Toronto. During Fall Campus Day, the PA Consortium was hosting a PA Booth from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM,a s well as a half hour information session with Jeff Straw. The PA Info Session was very educational and enlightening.

Q&A about UofT’s PA Program with Alicia Petrie

Alicia is a second year PA student at the University of Toronto. Prior to the PA program, she completed a BSc. In Kinesiology at McMaster University and worked at a multidisciplinary Physiotherapy clinic. Her interests in the musculoskeletal system led her to pursue her dream of becoming an Orthopedic PA, but her interest has also peaked in Family Medicine. Outside of

A Look at American PA admissions

From Anne: I met Christian a while back on an online community. We stayed in touch and it was fascinating to learn she had decided to become a PA! Christian had some health care experience prior to applying to American PA schools. Here Christian outlines her experience with the American PA school system, and I insert (here and there) some commentary about

What can I do to strengthen my PA application?

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

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

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

  • Pre-PA Student Forums

Pre-PA Communities

PA forums and communities were a valuable resource during my PA Admissions process. However, all resources available to me were American since at the time the 1st PA program in Ontario had not yet graduated the very first class. There are quite a few Pre-PA Communities available on forums, LinkedIn and Facebook. I recently started the Canadian Pre-PA

  • PA School after 2 years

Applying to PA school after 2 years of undergraduate studies

Here I address a question which essentially asks, "When is a good time to apply to PA school?". When you decide to apply during your career will affect what schools you apply to. McMaster PA Program accepts applications from candidates who have completed a minimum of 2 years of university, with GPA calculated from all undergraduate studies. Minimum 3.0

  • Guide on how to excel at the MMI

How can I excel at the MMI?

Here we’ll cover some strategies to prepare for the MMI, discuss how the MMI works, and some suggested resources (scroll to the bottom). What is the MMI? The Multiple Mini Interview is many short, structured interview stations allowing interviewers to evaluate  soft skills. The MMI was developed by McMaster’s School of Medicine in

Q&A McMaster PA Program

At the end of the McMaster PA Program info night on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, the Assistant Dean Kristen Burrows and Academic Coordinator Nancy Aza fielded questions from the prospective students in the audience. Questions ranged from specific questions about admissions to employment outlook upon graduation. Question and Answer Period Q. What is average GPA of

Announcing the Launch of “Canadian Pre-PA Student Network” Community!

I'm excited to announce the start of a "Canadian Pre-PA Student Network". Many pre-PA colleagues frequently receive questions from individuals interested in applying to PA programs, whether its about admissions or about the PA profession in general! I thought it would be a great way to crowd source Pre-PA resources from PAs around Canada. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/canadaprepa/ This is open to

Highlights of McMaster PA Grads

Kristen Burrows Assistant Dean of the Program who is also a Class of 2010 graduate. Her presentation highlighted achievements of the program - its students and alumni. She also took time with Nancy Aza to field questions from the audience at the end of the presentation. I've summarized Kristen's presentation here in addition to some of the Q&A from the audience.

McMaster PA Info Night – What is a PA?

Following the presentation on the McMaster PA Program as well as Tips on the Application Process by Nancy Aza, my PA colleague Ohood presented on "What is a Physician Assistant?". Ohood Elzibak, an Orthopaedic Surgery Physician Assistant who is part of the very first class of Physician Assistants to graduate from a civilian program in Ontario (Class of 2010). She was also

McMaster PA Program Overview

McMaster University hosted a live stream of the PA Program information session in Hamilton, Ontario. The last time I had attended a PA Program Info Session was back in 2012, 1 year after graduation. Prior to that I had attended while I was a student, and back in 2008 when I was a prospective students. Since I graduated in 2011, there

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