When attending the PA Consortium Information session with Jeff Straw, I learned that some of my Pre-PA extra-curricular activities and employment if I were to apply for September 2018 entry.
- I worked as a research assistant as part of a clinical study during my summers of undergraduate years and part time. This did involve direct participant contact, and included obtaining consents, and measurements. Although I wasn’t treating the patient, I learned that this counted.
- I volunteered at Toronto Western Hospital prior to getting into the PA Program in the Emergency department, General Surgery and Orthopaedics. My roles involved interacting with patients, showing patients around the hospital, and addressing patient concerns.
My health care “experience” as a Pre-PA student was recent and would certainly count should I decide to apply for this round of applications.
Indirect Patient Care: There were some health care experiences Jeff Straw at the session talked about that was considered “indirect” patient care – for instance, he discussed how one successful candidate acquired some of their patient care hours by working in a lab analyzing patient samples. Although there was no “direct hands-on patient care” that involved treatment, this counted for the candidate as indirect patient experience.
Level of Involvement:
Does Quality of Healthcare experience matter?
According to PA Consortium’s Admission requirements, yes, the healthcare experience will be evaluated, and you are expected to provide detail regarding your health care experience.
“Healthcare experience will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- the level of involvement in direct patient care
- the specific clinical duties performed
- the level of supervision
- the total number of hours
- the type of clinical setting
- the recency of experience”
Neither do they confirm whether or not health care experience is appropriate prior to the time of application.