The PA is a health care provider who always works under the supervision of a registered physician. The PA supports the physician as the principle medical-decision maker and the supervising physician is responsible for the direction of the PAs’ activities. PAs are highly skilled providers that have the knowledge, skills, and experience to work as part of a physician led team in a variety of clinical settings. In general, PAs .will have the skills and experience to deal with medical emergencies, specialized care and everyday health care needs. Clinical expert competencies are central to the function of PAs and draws on the other competencies of Communication, Collaboration, Management, Health Advocacy, Scholar and Professionalism.
Secondary School Diploma or Equivalent
Physician Assistant Certification – Canada Mandatory
BCLS, and ACLS
About 2 years’ experience for orthopedic physician assistants completing casting and splinting of fractures and basic surgical technique
About 1 years’ experience of prior on the job work assisting with surgeries
Integrate all the core PA competencies to provide optimal, ethical and patient-centred medical care
Perform a complete and appropriate clinical assessment of a patient and formulate a clinical treatment plan
Use preventive and therapeutic interventions effectively
Demonstrate proficient and appropriate use of diagnostic and procedural skills
Recognize their scope of practice while demonstrating effective and appropriate consultation practice with other healthcare professionals in respect to patient care, education and legal opinions
Clinical Assessment of Patients
Obtain health history as appropriate, including patient demographics, chief complaint, history of the present illness or injury, past medical, surgical, family and psychosocial history, medications, allergies and systems review. Ensuring pre op and post op assessments are completed and documented
Conduct comprehensive and focused physical assessments and interpret findings. This includes assessment of vital signs and examination of all major body systems. In addition, the PA will be able to perform psychological, ob-gyn, neonatal, pediatric and geriatric assessments.
Utilize primary and secondary assessment results to formulate a differential diagnosis and determine if further clinical investigation is required.
Order and complete preliminary interpretation of necessary diagnostic tests, which may include, but are not limited to, hematology, microbiology, chemistry, serology, urinalysis, blood gas, ECG, peak flow and plain film x-ray.
Perform the following Diagnostic Procedures:
Applicationh of cast
Removal of cast
Demonstrate at least an academic understanding of the performance of the following diagnostic procedures:
Routine and micro-urinalysis
Basic hematology Clinical
Point of care
Collect blood samples (arterial and venous), minor surgical samples, body secretions and body fluids (semen, sputum, wound drainage, and urine)
When/as directed by a registered physician:
Provide relevant information and explanations, including a proposed treatment plan, to the supervising physician and seek further direction where appropriate.
Provide education to patients, families and other health providers as appropriate to the clinical setting.
Communicate with other members of the health care team and other hospital departments, both orally, in writing and electronically.
Medical Documentation and Record Keeping:
Maintain clear, accurate and appropriate records of the patient encounter and management plan
Admission of notes, progress notes and discharge notes as needed
Dictated records as appropriate
Other types of documentation as required by the particular setting
Consultation with Multidisciplinary team and Orthopedic Surgeons:
Collaboration with physio therapists and occupational therapists in caring for all orthopedic patients
Working with other specialists IEL Internal Medicine, Intensivists, Infectious Disease in caring for orthopaedic patients
Removal of Casts