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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.
Time-limited grant from MOHLTC for employers wishing to hire new Ontario PA grads who are due to graduate in fall 2017
Financial support for physicians who participate of up to $46,000per year, per PA
Financial support for 1-2 years dependent on geographic location. 2 years for PA positions that are in rural communities with a Rural Index score of 40+, or Northern Urban Referral Centre; 1 year for all other PA positions.
$10,000 bonus as offered for incentive for PAs who complete 1 year of employment with employers who qualify for two years of funding.
Grant was announced June 15, 2017, and the deadline completion and submission of employer applications July 24, 2017 (5 week period).
Employer must submit plan for integrating PA into their organization.
Employer must also submit plan for how they plan to sustain the PA position after Career Start funding ends in 1-2 years
PAs must be hired full time by November 17, 2017, with work to begin no later than Dec 1, 2017.
Timeline of 2017 Ontario Career Start Grant Release
1. HFO announces Grant Apps June 15, 2017
The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care announces the release a bulletin that Applications for the Career Start Program for 2017 PA graduates on the Health Force Ontario website.
The Employer Application included:
Employer Info (Organization, Area of Medicine, Description, Patients served, etc.)
Eligibility Criteria employer meets (employers complete checklist of items to see if they meet eligibility requirements to be considered)
Long Answer Questions:
Assessment of Need (3 questions)
Role of PA in your Organization (6 questions)
Commitment & Sustainability of the PA Role (5 Questions)
Copy of Job Posting
Authorization and Acknowledgements
Screenshot of the Career Start Application that was available online Summer 2017
2. Deadline for Employer Apps is Jul 24, 2017
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:
3. Class of 2017 Finishes PA School in August
McMaster Physician Assistant Class of 2017 and PA Consortium Class of 2017 students complete their 2nd year clinical rotations. At this point they are eligible to apply to PA positions posted publicly (outside of HFO) and may also start studying for the Canadian PA Certification exam that is written around end of October 2017.
4. HFO releases jobs to PA grads - Aug 28, 2017 (Actual date Sept 29, 2017)
In the past, Health Force Ontario contacts the PA programs and releases all approved PA Career Start Program job postings to the new PA grads. Only the class of 2017 PA grads are able to apply to these jobs. PA grads submit their cover letters and resumes to prospective Employers.
On August 28, 2017 HFO will notify employers of approval decision and PAs may start applying to positions.
In 2017, although the date posted was August 28, however the date the jobs were actually released was September 29, 2017.
5. Resume Submission + Interviews Aug 28 - Nov 17
After PA job postings released, employers will receive several applicant resumes & cover letters. They will contact their top candidates and invite them to come in for interview. Its usually in the employer’s best interest to interview sooner than later.
From the interviews and after a reference check, employers select their top candidate and extend a job offer.
6. Employers Hire Top candidate before Nov 17, 2017
PA job candidates will likely receive 1 or more job offers. At this point contract negotiation begins as the PA selects an employer they feel is a good match. Here pay, salary, benefits, vacation, continuing professional development/ CME, sick days, and hours are worked. Contract is signed.
PA Employers have until November 17, 2017 to notify Health Force Ontario that they have secured their PA hire.
7. PA begins working before Dec 1, 2017
The latest PAs may start working (if hired through the Career Start Grant process) is December 1, 2017. PAs are able to start working prior to this time as well.
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.
View PAs from Class of 2016 Experience with Employment
The Career Start experience tends to vary from year to year. Read the views of some Class of 2016 graduates.
Have any questions regarding the PA Career Start Process? If you couldn’t find answers above or in links provided, let me know in the comments below!
Disclaimer: Information provided here is meant to be an overview of the Career Start Grant Process. The most accurate up to date information regarding the 2017 Career Start Program process is available on the Health Force Ontario website.
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