Q. I am an employer (physician, hospital, clinic manager or practice) wishing to submit an application to hire a new PA grad with funding – what is HFO looking for?
A. As outlined in the PA Career Start Guidelines, being approved the Career Start grant and receiving financial support requires a strong application:
- Demonstrated need for assistance of a PA
- Clinical role to be played by aPA
- The site’s readiness to employ a PA
- Plan for sustaining PA role beyond the grant funding period.
This requires good understanding of the PA role, a plan for PA integration into clinic, and sustaining the PA role once funding runs out in 1-2 years.
Q. What do employers need to submit to Health Force Ontario to apply for a Career Start Grant?
A. Employers who wish to apply for the Career Start grant have a total of 5 weeks to complete this physician application grant to submit on July 24, 2017. The package on the website includes:
*Note – These PDFs are often time sensitive and may be “broken” beyond 2017.
Here is a checklist of what is to be submitted to Health Force Ontario:
Q. I am an employer who is interested in applying PA Career Start Grant but would like to speak with someone to answer questions. Who can I contact?
A. HFO has a list of helpful resources and a contact:
Otherwise you can contact:
- Canadian Association of Physician Assistants – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ontario Chapter President – email@example.com
- McMaster PA Program – email: firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 905-527-0131, phone: 905-525-9140 ext 22872 , Website
- PA Consortium (University of Toronto Program, NOSM, Michener) – email: email@example.com, phone: 416-946-7173, Website
- Myself (Anne) – firstname.lastname@example.org
We can connect you with a PA working in your particular field of medicine / specialty, or with someone who has had experience with the Career Start Grant Process.
Q. How many PA grads are we expecting for Class of 2017?
A. Approximately 48 graduates are expected to graduate from the McMaster and University of Toronto PA program in Ontario, and will be able to apply for the PA Career Start job postings once hey are approved and released on August 28, 2017.
Q. Can I work with a PA student during this time?
A. Some employers opt to take on a PA student to get a better understanding of the role. This is not a requirement to apply for the Career Start Program, but is a good way to test drive whether you’d like to work with a Physician Assistant. If you’d like to take on a PA student for a clinical rotation as a medical learner for 2-4 weeks you can contact one of the PA programs above (contact information above). Being a clinical preceptor for a PA student is similar to taking on a 3rd/4th year medical students/clinical clerks, and 1st/2nd year residents.