Physician Assistants - Formal Education

What formal education do PA’s have?

  • Accredited PA education programs are available in Canada and in the US. The PA education program at the Canadian Forces Medical Services School in Borden, Ontario, includes medical education at civilian hospitals throughout Canada. The Canadian Medical Association has accredited it since 2003. Training in accredited programs focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of disease, differential diagnosis determination, and treatment plan development. The Canadian Forces program includes 2,000 hours of clinical rotation in areas such as emergency medicine, paediatrics, internal medicine, orthopaedics, sports medicine, general surgery, urology, anaesthesia, trauma team and family practice.
  • PA’s must continue to keep up their skill set by re-certifying core requirements in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and the International Trauma Life Support.

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