Pre-PA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 2017-12-29T02:02:43+00:00

Pre-PA Frequently Asked Questions

Are most commonly asked questions regarding Physician Assistants in Canada. Have a question that isn’t answered here? Pop on over to the Canadian Pre-PA Group and post your question, or use the form on the right to submit a question, which we will answer here on the blog.

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  • Canadian Physician Assistant in Emergency Medicine

Q&A with a Canadian Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant

From Anne: Sahand is a McMaster PA grad graduating from Class of 2013. He served as the McMaster PA Student Association (MPASA) President for his class, and has been an advocate for the PA Profession. He now works in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital

How to become a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant

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

How to shadow a Physician Assistant in Canada

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) and whether this

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,

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

  • UK Physician Assistants

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

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),

  • American PAs

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

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

  • The Physician Assistant and Physician Relationshp Explained

Explaining the PA-supervising MD relationship

There are various models for what a Physician Assistant and Supervising Physician relationship may look like. The relationship can vary by practice setting (in outpatient, versus in hospital), by PA experience (new grad, versus experienced PA), and by area of medicine (family medicine

  • IMGs becoming Physician Assistants

Can an IMG become a Physician Assistant?

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are Physicians who were trained outside of Canada. Apart from acclimating to a different country, different weather, perhaps a different language and different customs, another challenge IMGs face when arriving in Canada is often ensuring English

  • Physician Assistant vs MD

How Physician Assistants are different than Doctors

This is a question I often get from prospective students who are looking into the PA program, except its framed, "Why did you choose to become a Physician Assistant and not an MD?". It's a good question, but I thought

What is the difference between a Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner?

Both are very similar positions, but have important differences. As a PA, its important to know the difference since many patients and other health care practitioners often ask what the difference is between the two. Physician

Living & Working in Canada as an American PA

American certified Physician Assistants may work in Canada. American PAs who have successfully completed an accredited American Physician Assistant Program, and challenged and passed the NCCPA's Certification Exam are able to practice in Canada. They do not need to complete PA school in Canada to

How do new Ontario PA Graduates Obtain Jobs?

A large proponent on deciding a career and then going through the process of applying to a PA program, like any professional school, is determining what the job market is for that profession.  If you want to know the specifics of how a newly minted

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

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