ISSUE: Shortage and mal-distribution of health care providers. Availability of military trained PAs and international medical graduates (IMGs)

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT APPLICABILITY PAs exist in the Canadian Forces (military) and are trained by the Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre in Borden, Ontario.  The placement on rotation of military PAs in civilian health care establishments generated interest in use of PAs in civilian sector. Two provinces (Manitoba and Ontario) have developed civilian training programs. The specific schools are the University of Manitoba, McMaster University, and the University of Toronto, in partnership with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences.  Representatives have attended AAPA conferences.

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