The McMaster University Physician Assistant Education Program
In 2008, McMaster became one of the first institutions in Canada to launch a Physician Assistant Education Program. The inaugural class of 21 students will pioneer a new role in health care provision in the province. The PA program will lead to the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Physician Assistant). The program will be taught using inquiry and problem-based-learning, which enhance each student’s ability to think critically, solve problems, demonstrate initiative and independence in practice, and promote lifelong learning. The content and competency objectives of the program were defined with reference to the National Occupational Competency Profile (NCP) developed by the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA).
The mission of the McMaster University Physician Assistant Education Program is to educate energetic, innovative, committed and caring individuals to become role models in a new health care delivery model practicing medicine under the supervision of a physician to expand health care access for the people of Ontario.
More information on the Physician Assistant Initiative in Ontario is available on the HealthForceOntario website.