My name is Chris.B. and I am the Manager. A more detailed profile to come in later posts.
I want to start this BLOG with a discussion on the history, structure, projects and considerations so that PAs, physicians and the public can stay informed and involved.
- MSoPA was started in October 2020.
- A passion project out of frustration secondary to the impending pandemic lockdowns and healthcare collapse in Manitoba.
- It started with a private social media Facebook group for PAs and grew from there.
- I focus on providing a private social and professional environment for PAs, educational opportunities for PAs and I help to support PA advocacy initiatives and educate physicians and the public on the role of the PA in Manitobas healthcare system.
- The goal is to fill the gaps between other professional organizations like CAPA, PCAM and CPSM (After all, thats what PAs do)
- A registered business in Manitoba as SP.
- The goal is incorporation.
- This will ensure a strong organization through transparency, accountability and representation.
- Major barriers:
- The major barrier to incorporating to a legal not-for-profit is the expense.
- MSoPA doesn’t generate sufficient revenue, we have no membership or registration fees
- the start-up costs have been large.
- We have costs that include: website, accounting, technology, equipment, facility rentals, wages and so on just like any other organization or business.
- Plan for a legal not-for-profit with a share structure available to Manitoba PAs.
- Not sure exactly what that means but until then, we maintain the status quo.
- MSoPA Facebook Group: facilitates professional and social interaction. It is important to stay connected and have an avenue to interact online that is safe
- MSoPA Facebook Page: supports and promotes PAs with the public
- MSoPA Website: promotes PAs, education and serves as a contact point for Physicians, the community and other PAs in Manitoba and Canada (Cost $700/yr)
- available educational opportunities and CME
- New BLOG page
- MSoPA Instagram
- MSoPA Twitter
- Community Heart Health program (Cost $10,000)
- Working groups
- I have helped 2 physician groups develop and successfully hire a PA into private practice
- I have assisted 2 physician groups develop a Contract of Service and Practice description for their incoming PA or CL.A
- I have developed the Interdisciplinary Targeted Learning (ITL) Sessions in collaboration with the Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg (Cost $300)
- AirMedical Transport
- Low Fidelity Simulation for PAs
- Asthma management
- Cardiac arrest management
- Toxidrome management
- MSoPA News & Views newsletter including:
- Manitoba updates
- CME opportunities
- The Honour Roll featuring amazing Manitoba PAs
- Community Heart Health updates
- Social media posts advocating for PAs
- Targeted – PAID – PA advocacy campaigns directed at institutions, politicians, healthcare workers and businesses.
- Surviving the Pandemic
- Full-time clinical PA in the Urgent Care
- Academic duties:
- Preceptor to 12 students
- annual PoCUS for PA students workshop for year 1
- annual Peripheral IV procedure day
- annual common office procedures procedure day
- Supporting/building the OHS PA/CL.A Program at the U of M [more to come in later BLOG post]
- Clinical Services
- Program development
- Elected Associate Member to the College of Physician Assistants of Manitoba
- General Council member
- Central Standards Committee
- Episodic, walk-in and home visit working group
- Prescribing Quality Review working group
- Represented PAs at the 2022 Northern Summit
- Presented at CAPA 2021 Virtual Conference
- Trying to be a good first time dad to a newborn & not toddler (my daughter was born during the Pandemic, June 2020)
- In 2020-2022 I estimate around 2500 volunteer hours and $12,500 in start-up costs.
- 95% of the services and activities are free to PAs, physicians and the public
- The only costs are fees for BLS
- These are heavily subsidized to increase access & affordibility
- There are some fees for consulting if it is excessive and overly time consuming
- I make every effort to give more to the community than I take
- My funding model is limited to the occasional advertisement on the website
- MSoPA if funded 100% by me, personally and through corporate sponsorships (CCPA Consulting Inc.)
Here is what I ask of Manitoba PAs, physicians & the community:
- Participate, socialize, interct and discuss PAs online
- Participate in mentorship for PA students
- Participate in edcational activities
- Participate in PA focused initiatives
- Complete surveys when they are sent out
- Learning needs survey
- Membership survey
- If you need BLS
- Take it with us
- We have amazing Heart & Stroke BLS Instructors
- Tell your colleagues & friends about our BLS program & our organization
- Advocate for Manitoba PAs and for positive change in the healthcare system
- Participate and contribute to CAPA initiatives
- Participate and contribute to CPSM initiatives
- Stay informed
- Ask questions (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Future Considerations for 2023 and beyond:
- The current MSoPA social media projects will continue
- PA advertisemnets to increase awareness
- Expand the Community Heart Health program through our grant process
- Host a spring fundraiser to support cardiovascular health by donating proceeds to St. Boniface Cardiac Sciences program
- Support National PA Day if asked
- Continue to collaborate with CAPA, PCAM, CPSM and other interested stakeholders if asked
- Continue to assist physicians in developing and hiring PAs to their private practice and engage with the RHAs to support PA programs in any way possible
- Continue to support new grads with mentorship opportunities and help navigate the complexities of the Manitoba healthcare system
- Continue to develop free and accessible CME by continuing with the ITL and Low Fidelity Simulation for PAs
- We hope to engage more with PAs, physicians and the public (in person or virtual)
Subscribe to the News & Views Newsletter for more updates HERE
I hope that you will continue to support