Health Care Experience Hours:
Note: Selina also applied and gained acceptance to UofT BScPA Program!
Keep in mind McMaster’s PA program DOES NOT require or review health care experience hours for PA Admissions.
1. Medical Attendant:
1550 hours of direct patient care
As a medical attendant, I respond to various hospitals, clinics, and homes, where patients are transported via stretcher in patient transfer ambulances. I conduct patient assessments, obtain medical histories, measure vital signs, give report, and provide moral support. In this position, I work in collaboration with health care professionals while picking up or dropping off patients, and independently while I am attending to patients during transfers. I serve a diverse patient population ranging from neonates to geriatrics, which strengthened my interpersonal skills as I am able to proactively and professionally deliver patient-centred care that ensures both comfort and safety.
2. Field Research Assistant at McMaster University:
350 hours, indirect patient care
As a field research assistant for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA: McMaster University), I conducted telephone interviews with older adults to gain their consent to participate in a COVID-19 antibody study, and helped them complete a follow-up questionnaire that assess medical history and COVID exposures. I also completed my MPH practicum with the CLSA, where I worked alongside the medications data team to clean and prepare participant medication data for further analysis by researchers.