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Physician assistants

The CMA has been exploring solutions to the physician shortage in Canada and advocating appropriate public policy decisions to ease the pressure.

One area of interest is physician assistants (PAs), once virtually unknown in this country outside of military medicine. Two well-attended symposia were held, in 2005 and 2008.

Three civilian PA training programs have emerged, in addition to the Canadian Forces program, with various demonstration projects continuing. The Canadian Association of Physician Assistants has made advancements on liability and certification.