Longitudinal Placements (LP’s) are clinical placements that the students organize, and there are basically four half days per LP (approximately 16 hours). And LP’s can be completed with any specialty, or any PA or doctor.
The PA students organize them – finding contacts and putting together a schedule or a time. I really enjoy LPs as they allow you to explore anything that you’re interested in.
So if you are really interested in geriatrics, you can do a LP in geriatrics. I have personally done an LP in family medicine, Cardiac ICU and in the ER and all three were great. I had amazing preceptors for all three, and all were with practicing Canadian Physician Assistants who had been working for a while.
The PAs that I did LPs with all understand where I am in the PA program, and they have a lot of experience taking on students.
They were really good at teaching me and allowing me a glimpse into their life.
They also took time to just talk to me about what they go through their day-to-day, things they think about, things that they kind of encounter and their perspective on the profession, and on the future of the profession. We had really good conversations in the time that I was with them, and I really enjoyed that aspect. My PA Preceptors became my role models in a sense of -like- one day I want to be like them and also advocating for the profession, but also just being a great PA.
The PAs were all very respected and shared collegiality with the nurses and physicians they work with. So a big goal of mine is to, as a PA, integrate well within the health care team.