What is a PA in Manitoba?

What is a PA?

PA is short hand for Physician Assistant. In Manitoba, this is a protected title under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). PAs are known in other countries as physician associates, physician extenders or advanced practice providers to name a few. We prefer the use of our legislated and protected title; “PA” or physician Assistant. In Manitoba (and Canada) PAs are academically and clinically trained to practice medicine in a collaborative relationship with a licensed Physician. PAs can practice in any area of medicine. Just like physicians, PAs will interview you about your health concerns, perform physician exams, order tests and review those tests with you either in person or virtually. We can make referrals if needed, prescribe medication, and prescribe medical devices.

Where can I find PAs in Manitoba?

You will find PAs practicing medicine in just about every part of Manitobas healthcare system including, but not limited to, general family medicine, general and specialty surgical medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatric medicine, internal medicine, renal medicine and dialysis, urology and woman health & obstetrics. PAs work in rural and urban hospitals such as the Health Sciences Center, St. Boniface, Grace General, Victoria General, Concordia, Seven Oaks, Bathesda in Steinbach, Selkirk Regional Health Center, nursing stations in Garden Hill, Thompson Hospital, Dauphin Health Center, Brandon Hospital, private and public family medicine clinics throughout Manitoba and Winnipeg including the Access Center and outpatient specialist clinics like St. Boniface clinic. In all of these facilities, PA support our communities healthcare system and the health and wellness of our community and physicians.

What kind of education does a PA have?

Manitoba recognizes degrees from all 3 Canadian University PA programs as well as the education and training gained through the Canadian Armed forces and international programs from the United States and beyond if they meet standards assessed by the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA) and the College of Physician & Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM). The 2021 Canadian Physician Assistant Competency Framework states that PA education programs are focused on preparing a medical generalist that can adapt to any clinical environment, including primary health care, specialty practice, consulting, or hospital-based roles (i.e., Internal Medicine, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, et al.). The University of Manitoba, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine administers the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. This program is a 26 month accredited graduate degree and is the only graduate level program in Canada. You can read more HERE

What kind of licensing and certification does a PA need?

In Manitoba, PAs have to REGISTER as an associate member with the CPSM and have a CONTRACT OF SUPERVISION and PRACTICE DESCRIPTION approved by CPSM to practice medicine in Manitoba. Also in Manitoba, PAs have to be a registered as a Certified Canadian Physician Assistant (CCPA) to practice medicine.

What kind of continuing education does a PA have?

In Manitoba, the RHPA requires PAs to fulfill mandatory continuing medical education (CME) that satisfies the requirements set out by the Physician Assistant Certification Council of Canada (PACCC). CAPA provides access and support for tracking CME through the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada MAINPORT CME tracking system.

Are PAs regulated in Manitoba like physicians and nurses?

In Manitoba, PAs are regulated under the RHPA and CPSM general regulation.

What kind of relationship do PAs have with physicians in Manitoba?

In Manitoba, PAs work collaboratively with physicians to deliver medical services. PAs function to extend the physicians medical practice and support an interdisciplinary team based approach to managing your wealth and wellness. The relationship is built over time and varies based on many factors such as type and location of practice, experience of the PA and physician and much more.