OTTAWA, April 21 /CNW/ - Canada's Physician Assistants are improving access and providing quality care across Ontario and Canada.  The profession originated nearly 50 years ago and is currently used in Canada, the United States and around the world.  The curriculum developed and used in the Ontario, Manitoba and Canadian Forces (CF) PA Education Programs (PAEPs) is based on a nationally developed and accepted standard that is modeled after the CanMEDS Physician Competency Framework.  This framework is developed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, adopted by The College of Family Physicians of Canada, and used throughout medical education around the world. Canadian PAEPs are 24 to 26 months of continuous medical education.  The curriculum has been developed and reviewed extensively by educators and practicing clinicians and include subjects such as orthopaedics, surgery, gynaecology, paediatrics, emergency medicine, diagnostic imaging, clinical procedures, the medical sciences, and medicine.  All graduates of the Ontario, Manitoba, and CF PAEPs have completed a program accredited by the Conjoint Accreditation Services of the Canadian Medical Association and most challenge the National PA Entry to Practice Certification Examination, the national exam that ensures that the PA meets the standard set out in the National Competency Profile (NCP) for the Physician Assistant profession. PAs are safe, competent, and qualified to do the jobs they do.

Canada's Physician Assistants, whether in remote isolated communities or in the orthopaedic services in Ottawa, are making a difference in patient-centered care.  The PA profession practices team medicine and we invest time and energy in providing quality patient care.  Let's focus the argument on improving access.

The Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA) is the national professional organization that advocates for physician assistants (PAs) and represents its membership across Canada and globally. It is committed to fostering the development of the physician/ physician assistant model to assure quality care for Canadians.

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