Physician Assistants (PAs) are highly skilled health care professionals educated in the medical model who practice medicine. PAs can work in any clinic setting to extend physician services, complement existing services and aid in improving patient access to health care. (CMA Toolkit) Learn more →
Natalie is an incoming University of Toronto BScPA Student. You can follow her journey at @midwifetopa.
Natalie’s Pre-PA Stats
University of Toronto, PA Consortium
BHSc. Human Kinetics from University of Ottawa (2001)
BHSc. Midwifery from McMaster University (2007)
Cumulative GPA 3.65 out of 4.0 on the OMSAS scale
Health Care Experience Hours:
Registered midwife in Ontario and Alberta >10,000
My Interests and Hobbies:
My interests include knitting (and anything crafty), photography, hiking, camping, riding my vintage Vespa, exploring new restaurants/cuisines, and definitely spending time with my family!
I’m a mature applicant (turning 43).
I’m a Mom of a 10-year-old daughter
I currently live in Calgary, Alberta
Why I decided to pursue the PA profession
I’ve had the pleasure of being a Registered Midwife for the past fourteen years. While this profession has been extremely rewarding it also comes with its own challenges.
I really wanted to be able to stay in a primarily patient-focused role while having the option of lateral mobility and a better work-life balance. PA seemed like a perfect fit for me!
What I think helped me stand out on PA Admissions
I definitely think my health care experience as a primary care provider worked in my favour and also a reason why I choose to apply exclusively to the University of Toronto PA program. I also think I had a strong referee who was able to strengthen my application. I just tried to be genuine and thoughtful in all my responses – hopefully, that helped as well.
My tips for Canadian Pre-PA Applicants
I don’t think you have to have it all figured out right from the very beginning. The application process allows for a lot of preparation as you move through the steps. Just take it one step at a time and it won’t be so overwhelming. I would encourage applicants to do a lot of research. My starting point was always the Canadian PA website but I also found many great YouTube, Facebook and Instagram accounts of people who have gone through the process and have had sage words of advice.
Hi! I’m Anne, a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant working in Orthopaedic Surgery.
I’ve been writing about my PA experience since starting my PA journey and I’m excited to share CanadianPA.ca as a resource to help you learn about the role and impact of Physician Assistants in Canada.
This blog is my way of helping you, the way others have helped me, discover the PA profession and pursue a career that I love.