We had a session on Primary Care in Manitoba, presented by Sheldon Permack, MD, FCFP, and Scott Naherniak, CCPA , a PA-MD team who work together in Primary Care in Manitoba. They spoke about their experience, and the difference in patient care once a PA was introduced into practice.
Although I feel very well versed about how PAs function in Ontario, how PAs practice in Manitoba has been somewhat of a mystery to me. Questions like “Why does PA regulation happen in some provinces and not others?” or “Why has Ontario been slow to integrate PAs the way that other provinces have”?
This session was a great opportunity at the CAPA conference to understand these differences and more between PA integration in Ontario and PA integration in Manitoba. One key in these differences lie in what provincial legislation is in place which may or may not recognize PAs in that province and therefore affect their scope of practice and level of autonomy, the cooperation of PAs and their respective College of Physicians and Surgeons, etc.