Direct Entry For Civilian Physician Assistants

We’d like to share some big news regarding the PA profession in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

For some time, the CAF has been actively working to create a direct entry plan that would allow civilian applicants who have completed their PA education to enroll in the CAF.

This week, the application process officially opened and civilian PAs may now, for the first time, pursue this exciting career opportunity with Canada’s military.

PAs may serve anywhere that CAF members are based—they will work in fully equipped medical clinics, whether at a base or garrison, or in a temporary clinic while supporting operations. PAs are also employed in underserviced and isolated locations including onboard ships and submarines.

To learn more about the necessary qualifications, application process, basic training, and available professional and advanced training, visit the CAF Careers website.

Learn More at CAPA 2019

If you’re attending the 2019 CAPA Annual Conference, be sure to drop by the CAF exhibit table, where recruiters will be happy to answer your questions.

You should also plan to attend a Sunday afternoon education session led by Major Stuart Russelle, PA – National Practice Leader / MOSID Advisor and CAPA Board Member, who will talk about practicing medicine at home and abroad through the CAF (see the conference program for more details).

Military PA graduates were the first formally trained PAs in the country and they have a long and distinguished history in Canada. It is incredibly exciting to see the culmination of the CAF’s efforts to grow the profession and create new opportunities for Canadian PAs.