Tammy: 1st year at Manitoba MPAS is the Academic Year. Students attend classes generally every weekday from 8:30am to 4:00pm.
First semester focuses on the basic sciences and foundational courses such as biochemistry, anatomy and pharmacology. Students are graded by multiple choice midterm and final exams. Furthermore, a non-credited course for Wellness is included to discuss stress and conflict management skills.
Second and third semester introduce medicine starting with Adult Medicine and then gets into specialties like Pediatrics and Surgery. Especially in third semester, the courses follow a more flipped-classroom style with assignments, reports and quizzes though there are still midterm and final exams. Students also practice clinical procedures such as suturing and casting, which is not graded.
Sample Manitoba 1st year PA Student Schedule (Source: Manitoba PA Fellowship Website)
All semesters include Patient Assessment where students start by learning patient interviewing and performing physical exams, and by the end of the year the course includes case presentation with differential diagnoses and management plans.
Patient Assessment is graded by a practice and then a final Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) involving a patient simulation. Curriculum Integration is a non-credited course that serves to supplement and tie together topics in each class by working through patient cases. For example, working through a patient case presenting with chest pain helps to tie in concepts from Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Patient Assessment, and Adult Medicine.
There is also a pass/fail course called Interprofessional Collaborative Care (IPCC) where students are separated into cohorts along with medical, dental, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and pharmacy students to work through various cases and assignments and learn about each other’s professions.
Some students begin their Capstone Project in first year but majority spend the first year brainstorming and begin their Project in second year.
Read Manitoba MPAS Course Descriptions from the Manitoba PA Fellowship website.