Q. Does MPAS take students who do not have a science degree?
A. Yes. You have to have a 4 year degree, but it can be in any program, as long as you take the required courses. Examples of backgrounds we’ve had at Manitoba include theatre arts, psychology and Political Sciences.
Q. How do I go about shadowing a PA in Manitoba?
A. On the website there is a PA shadowing checklist you have to complete, which includes a letter of intent that you can submit on the website
Manitoba PA students Jennifer, Justine, and Michelle answer questions about their life experiences during a past MPAS PA Program Information Session.
Q. Question to the students – what were your life experiences prior to applying to the PA program?
Jennifer – “I worked in remote settings and definitely challenging – so lots of life experience there. I also got involved in volunteering in different groups. You can really grow your supply of experience in life by doing things like working and volunteering… I was an EMT before and worked for about 5 years. I went back to school, and did a degree in biological sciences and anthropology here at the University of Manitoba. It was a long process, and I initially thought I’d go to medical school. At the end of that I did not want to go to school for four years plus residency. What else could I do that would be rewarding and challenging? The PA program was a good fit. ”
Justine – “From my background, after university, I worked with UofM as a recruitment officer where I was passionate about education advocacy, but I always wanted to get into health care. I worked in pharmaceutical sales, and I was worked out in the United States. There were so many PAs, and the profession was so well established there. Whenever I would visit the clinic, I would speak to the PA. Fortunately there was a PA program in Manitoba, everything lined up really well. That is when I reached out to PAs in Manitoba”
Michelle – “While doing my undergrad I worked in a group home, so that really peaked my interest in mental health, learning about the brain, and why things go wrong. What about the rest of the body? When I graduated from my undergrad, I wanted to get my foot in the door – I worked in a podiatry clinic for about 3 years. I also volunteered in quite a few different areas – paediatric wards, community health clinics, Diabetes Clinic, H1N1 clinics…. So really little bit here and there. And then, the year before I got into the program, I completed a placement with the “Rural Medical Program”; its 1 week long, you apply and interview, and you pick 3 rural hospital. I was picked to go Dauphin, there was a PA there as well, really getting my foot in the door in different areas of medicine. Especially when it came to the interview process, this demonstrated what a PA is, and what you are signing up for”.
Q. What is involved in the interview process for Manitoba?
A. In addition to the Multi-Mini Interview, Manitoba MPAS also has a written station and panel interview. 3-4 people will interview you during the interview where the admissions committee has an opportunity to get to know you.
Q. Can Canadian PAs practice in the United States?
A. No, the accrediting body in the United States does not recognize any PA programs outside of the United States. Canadian PAs cannot practice in the United States.
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