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  1. 1) There is no clinician, no matter what their training or qualifications, that can handle, by themselves "any case given to you." That's why there are multiple specialists and sub-specialists. 2) there are PAs in Canada making more than 150k just as there are in the USA; these are the exceptions, not the rule. That said, as a new grad PA I did make 6 figures right off the bat 3) There are no rules/laws/standards really for PA salaries in Canada, they are dynamic and developing 4) Become a PA if you love medicine and are comfortable not being the boss and being limited in opportunities compar
  2. RBC. I worked with them years ago and got them to offer the Professional Student LOC package (that they give to med students, dental students etc., etc) to PA students. The actual amount of the LOC will vary but the details should be the same. PM ime f you run into trouble as I have some contacts at RBC.
  3. If you search this forum you will find many posts by me where I have explained the McMaster PA Program, curriculum, evaluations, etc., etc.
  4. Find what you love and let it kill you --Charles Bukowski
  5. Currently, to work as a PA in the USA you have to write and pass the NCCPA exam which allows you to apply to a state medical licensing board for a license to practice in that state. The NCCPA does not recognize Canadian PA program graduates as eligible to write the exam. They only allow graduates of recognized USA programs to write the exam. Thus, as of now, the degree I have, from the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, does not carry-over. The Canadian Forces PAs, however, have been getting their degrees through the USA (though I understand this might change so
  6. Though I am a PA, I had a Professional Student Line of Credit set-up like the ones for med students through RBC. My banker tells me that my monthly payments on it now (they are closed and in repayment) are tax deductible but my accountant is not sure. Anyone here deducting this? How are you doing it?
  7. http://www.careeroptionsmagazine.com/articles/what-is-a-physician-assistant/
  8. I'm a Mac Health Sci grad; sounds to me like you are doing well at Guelph, enjoying it, and are planning for meds. I don't see any great reason to switch what is already working for you. My advice, stick with where you are.
  9. The times I am mistaken for being a medical assistant have mostly been in social situations where people ask me "what do you do?" and I have to explain. I was at a party last week where I had to explain P.A. at least ten times and by the end of the evening I would ask people I already explained it to to explain it to the new people asking. It was tiring to say the least. Not what I wanted to do at the party. Mostly conversations go like this:
  10. Saw this on a friend's Facebook and thought I would share:
  11. https://www.amccares.org/press/Physician-Assistants-play-critical-role-in-patient-care-at-Adirondack-Health-443 Nice article on emerg PAs
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