Physicians Assistant Job Canada

Physician Assistant Job Canada

Physician Assistant Job Canada: Physician assistants (PA's) practice medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. PA's are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive health care services, as delegated by a physician. Working as members of the health care team, they take medical histories, examine and treat patients, order and interpret laboratory tests and x-rays, and make diagnoses.

They also treat minor injuries, by suturing, splinting, and casting. Physician Assistants record progress notes, instruct and counsel patients, and order or carry out therapy. In some establishments, a PA is responsible for managerial duties, such as ordering medical supplies or equipment and supervising technicians and assistants.

In the Physician assistant Job Description in Canada a PA works under the supervision of a physician. However, Physician Assistants may be the principal care providers in rural or inner city clinics where a physician is present for only one or two days each week. In such cases, the PA confers with the supervising physician and other medical professionals as needed and as required by law. Depending on the laws of the province or territory the physician may have to be physically present or nearby to provide guidance while the physician assistant is actually treating and examining patients. Physician Assistants also may make house calls or go to hospitals and nursing care facilities to check on patients, after which they report back to the physician.

Working Conditions
Although Physician Assistants usually work in a comfortable, well-lighted environment, those in surgery often stand for long periods. At times, the job requires a considerable amount of walking. Schedules vary according to the practice setting, and often depend on the hours of the supervising physician. The work week of hospital-based Physician Assistants may include weekends, nights, or early morning hospital rounds to visit patients.

Training and Qualifications
To become a PA in Canada admission requirements vary by program, but many require at least 2 years of college and some health care experience. All provinces require that Physician Assistants complete an accredited formal education program and pass a National exam to obtain a license. A Physician Assistants education program usually last at least 2 years and are full time. Most programs are in schools of allied health, academic health centers, medical schools, or 4-year colleges.

Licensing and Credentialing
In all Canadian provinces and territories Physician Assistant's are regulated. The usual method to be a credentialed and licensed PA is:
1) Graduate from an accredited Physician Assistant program. This may be from a college or other accredited organization.
2) Pass the licensing exams.
3) Apply for licensure in the province where you want to work.

Socialized Medicine
In Canada, Socialized Medicine makes sure that all Canadian citizens are assured medical care for themselves and their family under the Canadian health care system. This health care program provides Canadians preventative, as well as daily medical care from doctors. This ensures all Canadian citizens access to good medical and health care. Nearly all Canadian citizens, regardless of income or medical history qualify for this unique medical care.

Significant Points
Physician assistant programs usually last at least 2 years; admission requirements vary by program, but many require at least 2 years of college and some health care experience.

All provinces require physician assistants to complete an accredited education program and to pass a national exam in order to obtain a license.

Employment is projected to grow much faster than average as health care establishments increasingly use physician assistants to contain costs.

Job opportunities should be good, particularly in rural and inner-city clinics.