Join Us in Recognizing our Doctors!

May 1 is Doctors Day in Ontario and in Nova Scotia. It is a day for celebrating physicians and the contributions that they make every day to the health care system. Doctors across Canada treat hundreds of thousands of patients per day in each province, and these interactions are the foundation of our health system. Whether at a clinic, in a hospital, long-term care facility, or the patient’s home, doctors work hard to make sure patients get the quality care they need. The Canadian Association of Physician Assistants would like to ask you to join us in celebrating both Ontario and Nova Scotia doctors on this momentous occasion for the positive impact that they have had on the lives of others. Physician Assistants (PA) work in partnership with physicians and have the opportunity to see first-hand the benefits that these health professionals bring to the health system. On behalf of Canadian PAs, CAPA would like to formally acknowledge May 1 as Doctors Day in Ontario and Nova Scotia and to thank the physicians across Canada for the difference that they are making to the health care system.

A shining example of collaborative practice – Dwayne Lyall and Dr. Darlene Bilawski

Dwayne Lyall and Dr. Darlene Bilawski_April_2015Dwayne Lyall has been practicing under the supervision of Dr. Bilawski for over two years in a Family Health Team (FHT) in Barrie, Ontario. The clinic where they practice services over 2700 patients. Dr. Bilawski and Dwayne have a team based, collaborative approach to care and work quite closely with a number of other health professionals including a Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse. The focus of care is centered on the patients and meeting their needs. By incorporating a PA into her practice, Dr. Bilawski was able to increase her patient roster to take on an additional 500 new patients. This is incredible when you think of the number of patients without a primary care physician in Ontario and the impact that this has made on the community. The addition of the PA has enabled the clinic to dramatically improve access to care as well as enhance the level of service that patients are receiving. Dwayne and Dr. Bilawski are able to offer same day appointments which has helped the community to access care in a timely fashion and decreased the risk of potential complications due to medical conditions going untreated.

A specific example of this is a 7 year old female whose mother requested a same day appointment because of increased thirst, urination and fatigue. Dwayne decided to do a quick random glucose in the office. The patient’s reading was 20.0. Dwayne quickly made the decision to have her sent to ER and she was aggressively treated and stabilized for acute onset type one diabetes and ketoacidosis.

Another example was a 48 year old male who was being followed for low back pain. During one of his visits he said “oh I just thought I should mention to you that I had a brief fainting episode while working at a construction site a couple of weeks ago.” After further questioning by Dwayne in consultation with Dr. Bilawski, tests were ordered and it showed severe aortic stenosis. The patient was referred to cardiology and a few days later he had a new prosthetic heart valve.

Prior to joining the Barrie Family Health Team, Dwayne was practicing as a PA in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). While he enjoyed his role and providing care for CAF personnel, Dwayne is enjoying using his skills to improve health care in his local community. Prior to hiring Dwayne, Dr. Bilawski had never worked with a PA. After having worked with Dwayne for some time now she describes it as a very enjoyable experience and would now not know what to do without having a PA practicing alongside her.

Join Us in Thanking Our CAPA Volunteers

Join Us in Thanking Our CAPA Volunteers

April 12 – 18 is National Volunteer Week in Canada. In celebration of this special occasion, CAPA would like to thank all of our volunteers for the time and effort that they have selflessly invested to make a difference for PAs in Canada and patients within their communities. National Volunteer Week pays tribute to the millions of Canadian volunteers who graciously donate their time and energy to strengthen our communities and make our country vibrant. Canadians have a rich history of volunteering and community involvement. With 13.3 million of them dedicating their time across Canada, volunteers are leading positive change on all fronts including community health care. The work of volunteers is essential to maintaining resilient communities at home and around the world.

CAPA’s Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer leaders who spend countless hours ensuring that there is a national voice for the PA profession in Canada. Volunteer members also sit on CAPA’s various committees or are involved with other projects and activities at a national and provincial level. The passion and dedication that these people have brought to the Association has had a tremendous impact in making a difference for PAs in their communities. Please join the National Office in thanking our volunteers for their commitment to not only advancing the PA agenda in Canada but also their commitment to their fellow members and colleagues within the health care field in Canada and abroad.

Little-used ‘physician assistants’ an answer to doctor, dollar shortage

After three nights of throbbing pain, and ready to gnaw my own leg off, I walked into a Florida hospital one day last week, defeated, ready to sell my soul for relief.
And out I came with an ankle brace, a pack of pills and a possible solution to chronic Canadian health-care clogging.

Two words: physician assistants.
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