May 2022 News Bulletin

May 2022

 

ADVOCACY NEWS

National

PA Education Advocacy Campaign

As part of our comprehensive advocacy plan to expand the number of PA training spots in Canada, CAPA has been reaching out to medical schools across the country. Over the last few weeks, we have met with Western, Queens and the University of Ottawa to discuss PA Program development. All of the schools have expressed interest in exploring the development of a PA Program and joining our advocacy work. The University of Ottawa also sees tremendous potential and invited CAPA to attend the next Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (COFM) meeting on June 20th. COFM facilitates coordination and communication between the faculties of medicine of Ontario universities. At this meeting CAPA will have the benefit of speaking to all medical schools in the province and recommend a provincial approach to PA education. Details of the meeting to follow.

 

Media

CAPA staff wrote a short letter to the Globe and Mail editor on the importance of PAs in primary care. It can be read here.

 

Advocacy Meetings

CAPA has renewed advocacy efforts at the national level with Health Canada, Indigenous Services and Corrections. Invitations to meet were sent to key contacts in each of the respective departments. The following recommendations for the Government of Canada are being made:

  • Make PAs an essential profession in Canada’s Health Human Resources Strategy.
  • Fund training programs for PAs.
  • Create and fund PA positions in correctional facilities and First Nations communities.

CAPA staff have been active in meetings with Assistant Deputy Ministers, all of whom have been keen to learn about PAs. During one of the meetings, it was learned that the Canada Loan Forgiveness list is under review. CAPA requested PAs to be included in the program. CAPA will be sure to keep members apprised as more information becomes available.

 

British Columbia

On May 10th, Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount, and Leader of the Official Opposition, Critic for Seniors Services and Long-Term Care, and Critic for Health, asked the Minister of Health about PAs. Specifically, why the pilot project CAPA sent to the Government of BC in December 2021 has not been implemented. While the Minister’s answer was not what we hoped for, it is worth noting that the leader of the official opposition has taken an interest in introducing PAs into the province. The full transcript can be found here.

 

CAPA Board President, Kevin Dickson was on RadioNL 610 in Kamloops and CFAX 1070 in Victoria, BC on June 1st to discuss introducing PAs into the province.

The Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services has a consultation portal and public survey open. CAPA encourages all PAs and stakeholders to participate and requests that the Government of BC regulate PAs. More information about this consultation is available here.

 

Alberta

Mark Simmons and Linda Parrish co-authored an op-ed in the Edmonton Journal about PAs impact in rural Alberta. It can be read here.

Kirsten Luomala and CAPA staff have met with AHS to discuss compensation again. AHS has hired an external consultant to compare Alberta PAs salaries with the rest of Canada, and although it is early stages of discussion, we are confident that we made a good case for PA compensation to be evaluated and increased.

CAPA has sent meeting requests to the Minister of Advanced Education to discuss training spots in Alberta. We also have a meeting with the Alberta NDP to discuss adding PA support to their upcoming election platform.

 

Manitoba

On May 26th, Manitoba PAs met with Audrey Gorden, Manitoba’s Minister of Health.  During this meeting the following issues were discussed:

  • Hire more PAs (dedicated funding from the medical remuneration budget)
  • Train more PAs (currently 15 training spots in Manitoba)
  • Develop fair and sustainable compensation models

 

CAPA would like to thank Ian Jones for his 12 years of service as Program Director of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies. Ian’s next role will be in the University of Manitoba’s Department of Family Medicine researching Health Workforce issues including the development of a Provincial Strategy for Physician Assistants.  This position allows him to continue to support students and support the expansion of the Profession in Manitoba.

Accordingly, CAPA would like to congratulate and welcome Rebecca Mueller to her new role as Program Director of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies. A message from Rebecca:

My career as a PA has not followed the linear path I had envisioned, though it has been rewarding. I began my career in the United States and moved to Ontario in 2010 spending my time working in oncology and palliative care. In 2020, I moved to Manitoba to join the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program. I am stepping in as MPAS Interim Program Director and continuing my role as academic coordinator and Ian Jones formally steps down from this role on July 1, 2022.  Ian Jones and I will work together during the month of June to fully transition MPAS leadership. PA Jones has lead MPAS since 2009 and I am grateful for the effort he has put forth during his tenure to make the program a success and his guidance in helping me transition into my new role. I also want to acknowledge and thank my PA colleagues who have mentored me along the way including Rachael Thompson, Kristen Burrows, Kevin Dawe, and Steve Piotrowski. The four of you have supported me in my growth and learning throughout my career. I look forward to the challenge and excitement of this new role, collaborating with the MPAS team and practicing PAs to prepare and develop the PAs of the future.

 

Thank you to those who attended the advocacy and media training workshop on Thursday, May 5. If you missed the session, a recording can be found here. There is a National PA Day event being planned in Manitoba, details to follow in the coming months.

 

Ontario

Election

The vote is in with Doug Ford re-elected as Ontario’s premier.  A congratulations letter has been sent to Premier Ford. The letter also urges the new government to expand training spots in Ontario, complete regulation and to invest in PA positions.

As part of CAPA’s advocacy work in advance of the provincial election, CAPA sent letters to the party leaders, requesting PAs be included in their platform and provided members with a template letter to contact their local MPP, along with an “I support PAs” graphic to share on social media. The graphic, along with a survey was also sent to all electoral candidates asking if they supported adding PAs to the Health Human Resources strategy and if they support increased PA training spots. CAPA was overwhelmed with the positive response from candidates. 100% of respondents supported PAs! Below are some of the examples shared on social media.

 

OPAA

OPAA held a membership meeting on May 16th. Two recommendations were put forward by the OPAA board: The first motion recommends that the OPAA continue as an independent association of PAs, and that day-to-day operations and representation work be managed by entering into a three-year service agreement with CLAC.  More than 80% of the members have approved of this plan, which will establish a viable plan for the OPAA’s future operations.

 

Nova Scotia

CAPA will be meeting with Nova Scotia Health in the coming weeks to discuss further introducing PAs beyond orthopedics in the province’s health system. Stay tuned for more details.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CAF GRADUATING CLASS OF 2022

Congratulations to the CAF graduating class of 2022! This is the final cohort of PA students graduating from the Canadian Forces Heath Services Training Centre. Future CAF students will have seats in the other ON programs. CAPA would like to wish the graduates a successful and enriching career ahead of them!

Pictured here: CAPA President Kevin Dickson and the 2022 CAF graduating class

CAPA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

CAPA 2022 will take place at the Hilton in beautiful Quebec City from November 10th – 13th. The call for presentation proposal abstracts and speakers will remain open as the Program Planning Committee develops the program. CAPA is looking for clinical skills workshops, along with oral and panel presentations to round out the high-caliber program. For more details, please visit the CAPA website. Submit your presentation proposal by using the template provided, along with a completed disclosure form.

CAPA is also now accepting submissions for E-Posters. Poster sessions provide an opportunity to disseminate research results in a brief format and to discuss it with your peers. CAPA will be accepting submissions in the following categories: original research, case report, educational resources and interventions. In order to be considered, please submit an abstract (maximum 500 words) to admin@capa-acam.ca by September 12, 2022. Please click here for more details.

 

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT SURVEYS

The University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry has asked PAs to fill out this survey to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on double-duty caregivers — Canadians providing healthcare and then as a family caregiver at home.  It is delivered on the secure REDCap survey platform https://redcap.link/doubleduty.  The study has been approved by the University of Alberta Health Research Ethics Board Pro00117700. The survey will be open until June 30, 2022.

 

PAs IN THE NEWS

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta has interviewed a PA from Edmonton’s University of Alberta Hospital, to learn more about their role as a PA in Alberta’s healthcare system. Be sure to check out the piece Celebrating one year of physician assistant regulation in Alberta: part one.

 

Opinion: Homegrown physician assistants would help keep doctors in rural Alberta | Edmonton Journal

 

JOB LISTINGS

Visit the Job Listings in the members only section of the CAPA website for the latest career opportunities. New positions in May include the Gates Medical Centre in Pickering, Ontario, the Renfrew Victoria Hospital (Emergency Department) in Renfrew, Ontario as well as at Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (Health Sciences Centre) in Winnipeg, Manitoba and at Lake of Woods District Hospital in Kenora, Ontario. There are also many other job ads listed in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery.

 

If you have job ads to share or know a physician or organization looking to incorporate PAs into their practice, send them to us at admin@capa-acam.ca. We post job ads for free on the Job Listings page and, for a small fee we can email job opportunities directly to all our members.

 

CPD EVENTS

Don’t forget to check out the CPD Events Calendar on the CAPA website where you’ll find upcoming events to help you meet your maintenance of competencies or maintenance of certification requirements. Many organizations share their educational events with us.

 

STAKEHOLDER EVENTS

 

The Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) hosts the largest annual gathering of medical educators in the Country. CCME is the place for medical educators to share and experience the latest innovations and approaches, and foster relationships across the medical education community. Learn more here.

 

CERTIFICATION

2022 PA Cert Exam

As a reminder, the 2022 PA Cert Exam will be administered on October 6, 2022.

Registration will be open on June 16, 2022, for 13 weeks. The registration deadline will be September 22, 2022 and it is important to note that NO registrations will be accepted after this date.

Once all the registrations are completed, candidates will be provided with information on how to proceed with getting registered through the ProctorU platform.