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.
For further information please visit www.capa-acam.ca
SOURCE Canadian Association of Physician Assistants
For further information:
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