2011 Ontario Physician Assistant Graduates

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is pleased to announce that applications for support to employ Ontario’s 2011 physician assistant (PA) graduates are now available.

2011 Ontario Physician Assistant Graduates

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is pleased to announce that applications for support to employ Ontario’s 2011 physician assistant (PA) graduates are now available. Financial support of between $46,000 and $92,000 annually will be provided to help eligible employers provide employment opportunities for PA graduates for two years. A one-time only supervisory support of $10,000 is available to supervising physicians. An additional $10,000 is being offered as an incentive for PAs who accept positions in underserviced geographies.

Opportunities for PA graduates will be supported in high priority areas where the focus will be on the reduction of wait times and improved access to patient care. Clinical areas include:

Emergency Medicine Primary Care (Community Health Centres, Aboriginal Health Access Centres and Family Health Teams) General Internal Medicine A limited number of employers in other clinical settings will be also be given consideration. Priority will be given to opportunities in high need geographic areas.

All interested employers can access support from the HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency and are invited to contact their respective association (see below) for information about the integration of PAs into their clinical setting.

Application packages and additional information about available supports are being circulated through the partners listed below and on the HealthForceOntario website.

Prospective employers must apply for supports by August 18, 2011. Once approved, applicants will begin recruitment through HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency with the requirement that job offers be secured by October 31, 2011.

Physician assistants are an evidence based provider used in countries around the world as part of interprofessional teams. Although PAs have worked in the Canadian military for several decades, they were introduced to the Ontario civilian health care system in 2007 through a joint initiative between the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care and the Ontario Medical Association. Approximately 80 PAs are currently employed in Ontario as a result of this initiative, and approximately 45 PA students are expected to graduate annually from Ontario Universities.

The following partners in the Ontario Physician Assistant Initiative are available to support the needs of prospective PA employers and may be helpful in addressing any questions you may have: