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National Physician Assistant Day

On November 27, we celebrate National Physician Assistant Day, which recognizes the physician assistant (PA) profession and its positive impact on healthcare in Canada.

The BScPA Program thanks all students and practicing PAs for all that they do for their patients and communities and all the ways they add value to healthcare.

Check out what Dr. Jeff Golisky, Director of the BScPA Program, has to say on the the expansion of our program and growth of PAs across Canada!

Drew Gould, PA Scholar Course Director, sat down the the DFCM to discuss his involvement with the BScPA Program and his clinical work in northern Ontario!

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2023!

Here are a few words of wisdom from the BScPA Program to our most recent graduates!

BScPA Program Awards

The BScPA Program would like to acknowledge achievements by students, alumni and teachers/faculty in the program.  

View 2023 Award Winners

CAPA Educator of the Year Award

Congratulations to Jeff Straw, Clinical Skills and Orientation to the PA Program Course Director, BScPA Program. We are proud to announce that Jeff is the 2023 recipient of the CAPA Educator of the Year Award

Jeff Straw, CAPA Educator of the Year 2023
Jeff Straw, CAPA Educator of the Year, 2023
Headshot of Aurthi Muthukumaran, Academic Coordinator, PA Program

DFCM Award: Excellence in Leadership

Congratulations to Aurthi Muthukumaran, Academic Coordinator, BScPA Program! We are proud to announce that Aurthi is the 2023 recipient of the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) Excellence in Leadership (New) – HPE Community Affiliated Award.

This award recognizes leadership within the DFCM in the early stages of their academic career. Aurthi has been a faculty member with the DFCM since 2022. Aurthi is a practicing PA working in Emergency Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery at Scarborough Health Network (SHN).

PA Day Clinic

Interested in learning what it's like to be a PA?

Read our new interview with PA Erika North, who graduated from U of T’s Physician Assistant program in 2013.

For almost a decade, physician assistant (PA) Erika North and family physician Dr. Lara Rosenberg have been a duo, an extension of each other’s roles. Working at the New Family Medicine Network, a clinic specializing in obstetrics and pediatrics as part of U of T and the North York Family Health Team, North supports six family doctors, enabling them to see over 30 patients a day, virtually and in-person. 

Read the full article.

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PAs Practicing in Northern Ontario

Want to learn more about being a clinically practicing PA in family medicine in northern Ontario? Check out what Drew Gould said in his interview with our partner NOSM University.

See what others are saying about the PA profession

Dr. John Theodoropoulos

“It has been three years since we were able to implement a Physician Assistant into our multidisciplinary Orthopaedic Sports Medicine team. The addition of a PA has increased continuity of care and clinical productivity to create a cohesive and efficient environment for both patients and staff. I enjoy working alongside our PA Katrina, and I am aware that the staff and residents feel the same. I have been particularly impressed by Kat's work ethic and quick capacity to learn in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery.”

Dr. John Theodoropoulos, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON who works with Katrina Dekirmendjian, Class of 2018

Dr. Julie Nguyen and PA Heather Kokus IMG_1040

“The whole Gynecologic Oncology team at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre feel privileged to have a Physician Assistant on our team. Heather
is exceptionally kind and compassionate, and has in depth expertise on the management of gynecologic cancers. The longitudinal relationships that she
creates with patients have been priceless and appreciated beyond words by our patients going through cancer treatment. Gyne Onc clinics are a team
sport and as a Physician Assistant, Heather is no doubt one of our most valuable team members!” 

— Dr. Julie Nguyen, Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, Hamilton, ON who works with Heather Kokus, Class of 2017

Taryn Chesser

“Upon graduating, I joined the Malignant Hematology team at The Ottawa Hospital. The PA program prepared me for the daily challenges, the high level of skill required, and the variety of responsibilities that comes with managing both acute and chronic patients.”  

Taryn Chesser, Class of 2018

Operation Remote Immunity

PAs lending a hand

Brett Glena, a recent graduate from the Consortium of PA Education, Class of 2021, had the amazing opportunity to participate with Ornge in Operation Remote Immunity in Northern Ontario during his clerkship year. 

Operation Remote Immunity is a critical part of Ontario’s phased vaccination rollout plan. It is led by Ornge, Ontario’s air ambulance service, in partnership with the provincial government and Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) representing 49 First Nations in Northern Ontario, together with a network of dedicated partners, staff and volunteers.

Read the full article.

Did You Know That . . .

The first Canadian PAs started in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1984.
There are approximately 800 certified PAs practicing in Canada with more than 500 PAs in Ontario.
PAs have been practicing in the US since the mid-1960s. With over 120,000 PAs, they represent one of the fastest growing segments in the healthcare workforce.
Liberia started training PAs in the 1960s! Their first graduates were from 1966-1970.
PAs began in Europe around 2000.
PAs are around the world in over 40 countries as of 2017 including North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australia.
PAs have been in the Canadian public healthcare system for over a decade!
Manitoba: 1999
Ontario: 2007
New Brunswick: 2009
Alberta: 2013
Nova Scotia: 2019

Happy National Physician Assistant Day!