“The Physician Assistant program gives a professional degree that is closest to my clinical practice, my skills and abilities. It helps me refresh my clinical skills and thus prepares me to integrate well into clinical practice here in Canada while building connections and references.”
It gives us great pleasure to present the new CanMEDS-PA Framework. This past year CAPA underwent a formal review of our Physician Assistant (PA) National Competency Profile and Scope of Practice. With the introduction of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s (Royal College) new CanMEDS framework we felt it was best to model the PA National Competency Profile (NCP) to be in parallel with the national framework for physicians. Given that PAs are educated in the medical model and the close partnership between physicians and PAs, we felt that matching the PA competencies to their supervising physician’s was appropriate. Changes to be noted are the renaming of Manager to Leader in the Royal College CanMEDS framework. Some of the significant changes to the NCP by CAPA include changing the name to CanMEDS–PA, incorporating the change from Manager to Leader; the addition of 12 new competencies under the Medical Expert competency as well as emphasizing the Safety component of clinical practice.
These changes will allow the current and future Canadian accredited PA programs to appropriately model their curriculum to be in line with the desired skills and abilities necessary for an entry to practice PA.
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BRIAN CROSS, WINDSOR STAR
The CEO of Health Quality Ontario, Dr. Joshua Teppers, said the 96 per cent figure is due to the steady increase in the number of family doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants in Ontario in recent years. And four per cent — the number locally without a family doctor — is “not an insignificant amount,” he added.
By Carol Mulligan, Sudbury Star
If people who live in northeastern Ontario can see their primary health care practitioner in good time, the care they receive is as good as any in the province, says a report from Health Quality Ontario.
Tepper said that’s because the province has made “tremendous investment” in family physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants in primary care.