MTP Podcast Episode 13: Deniece O'Leary, MPAS, PA-C, Ontario Chapter President of CAPA

Assistants (CAPA) and is in her second term. We discuss focused issues regarding PAs in Ontario and the future of regulation and funding.

Deniece corrects Rachael and Rebecca on their view of PA regulation in Ontario explaining the grave impact on day to day function for PAs that regulation could provide. Including the need for a tracking number for each PA. Particular attention is paid to the challenges of ER PAs in Ontario and the critical role a tracking number plays with funding.

With Ontario having just elected a new PC party to lead the province, many things will shift. Deniece is committed to meeting with the new Minister of Health to continue advocating on behalf of Ontario PAs and is hopeful for regulation by the end of her term in 2019. Listen to this episode as Deniece address Ontario PA's most pressing concerns. 

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MTP Podcast Episode 12: MPP Bill Walker

oin us this month as we engage in a candid discussion about the politics of health care in Ontario with MPP Bill Walker and how to bring the issues concerning the PA profession to the floor at Queen's Park. 

Bill is a member of provincial government for the Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound riding in Ontario and he is currently campaigning for re-election. He is the progressive conservative health care critic for seniors, long term care, and access.  He was first elected to legislature in 2011, prior to that he was the Operations Manager at Bruce Power, and was Executive Director at the Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation.

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MTP Podcast Episode 11: Joshua Diamante, CCPA and Ashvinder Lamba, MD

Josh and his supervising physician, Ash Lamba, have a working relationship built on trust and experience that allows for fluid extended hours of care for patients at the primary care clinic and the long term care facility. Through this, Josh is able to utilize his skills as a PA to the fullest extent benefiting both the patients and Dr. Lamba. Here the details of his story in this interview and the political activism of Dr. Lamba in Ontario with Concerned Ontario Doctors.

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MTP Podcast Episode 10: Andrea Pansoy, CCPA

Andrea, Rachael, and Becky have an in depth discussion on the current political and career climate of PAs in Ontario.  Ontario is the most populated province in Canada for PAs and regulation and sustainable funding models are lacking. Will this change? If regulation happens, will it directly impact day to day practice? Is regulation necessary in order for politicians to develop a funding model?  Our opinions on these topics are strong, either way, the PA profession will continue to be a prominent feature of the Ontario health care system. 

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MTP Podcast Episode 9: Kristopher Maday, PA-C

Kristopher Maday, PA-C is featured on this month's episode. He is the program director for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center PA program in the Memphis and his background is ER medicine. He has a strong philosophy on education believing access and discussion around educational topics is critical to continued development and success.  this is demonstrated by his dedication to detail in his PAIN podcast (physician assistants in education) and his JAAPA podcast (Journal of the American Association of Physician Assistants).  Kristopher touches on the topic of PA education, running his podcasts, and challenges in the US medical system specifically related to the PA profession.  Enjoy this intriguing conversation from a PA leader south of the Canadian boarder. 

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MTP Podcast Episode 8: Ian Jones, MPAS, CCPA, PA-C

Ian Jones has been a pioneering physician assistant in the Canadian realm. He trained in the U.S. and was one of the first 4 PAs in the country spending time working in the both the ER and neurosurgery. From there, he moved in to a leadership role becoming involved with both PA education and CAPA. He spent 3 years as the CAPA president and 2 years in the role of past president and is currently the PA program director for the University of Manitoba and the president of the Canadian Physician Assistant Educators Association (CPAEA) and leading the initiation of the Canadian Journal of Physician Assistants. Ian has created a paramount career for himself and mentors those entering and new to the field. Get your computers ready as Ian inspires you to create, research and write for the profession.   

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MTP Podcast Episode 7: Sahand Ensafi, BHSc, CCPA

We were able to interview Sahand at the 2017 CAPA conferenence in October.  Sahand is the current CAPA Ontario Chapter VP. He is works in Toronto in the ER for the University Health Network (UHN); he is the VP of the UHN PA Council, a member of the UHN Emergency Department Conference Planning Committee and co-chair of the Cultures and Callbacks quality improvement group. Sahand spends time at McMaster University PA program as an Assistant Professor and is dedicated to PA education and advocacy as well as public health.  Listen along as Sahand details his work in the ER and how to maneuvering medical directives with 70 physicians as well as the current professional climate for PAs in Ontario.

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MTP Podcast Episode 6: PA Student Round Table

Pre-PA students and current PA students will enjoy this episode as Rachael and Becky discuss the details of student life in the PA program at McMaster University through a round table discussion with 4 current first year students. Life as a student at McMaster is discussed and even the super impressive Lana applying for Jeopardy! GO Lana! We are thankful all 4 were willing to take the time to engage our podcast community. The discussion took place during the 2017 CAPA conference so there is some audible background noise in this episode.

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MPT Podcast Episode 5: Chris Rhule, MHS, PA-C, CCPA

Chris was the first civilian physician assistant in Canada, helped get the PA program in Manitoba started and just finished 3 years as president of CAPA and transitioned to the role of past president in October 2017. This interview takes place just days before he transitioned to past president at the CAPA 2017 Conference in Ottawa just after he returned from the UK PA conference. Chris has led an interesting life, even spending the previous few years traveling the world for enjoyment. He has a LOT of good information for practicing PAs in Canada. You do not want to miss this enlightening and informative interview. 

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MTP Podcast Episode 4: Patrick Nelson

Patrick Nelson is the executive director of CAPA and is responsible for the operations of the national office, raising awareness and advocating for the PA profession with government and stakeholders, and achieving financial stability within CAPA. Prior to joining CAPA, he was the Executive Director of Public and Corporate Affairs at the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and also served as an aide to Ontario’s Minister of Health. Join us as Patrick takes us through an update of the PA profession across the provinces of Canada.

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MTP Podcast Episode 3: Natalie St. Pierre

Natalie St. Pierre is the Director, Communications and Stake Holder Relations for CAPA. This interview takes place during the CAPA 2017 conference in Ottawa. Natalie reviews the critical role of advocacy and the progress CAPA is making in Ontario, Quebec and BC with PA days and PA advocacy among politicians and the general public.  Natalie and CAPA have prepared and advocacy toolkit for practicing PAs to help support individuals in contacting their local politicians and newspapers and contribute to the advocacy campaign.  She also provides a brief overview of the recently released evidence by the Conference Board of Canada showing the benefit and impact of PAs in the healthcare system.  Natalie discusses the buzz around the newly released PA video in both English and French.

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MTP Podcast Episode 1: LAUNCH

This is the introduction to MTP Podcast, interviewing PAs across Canada and abroad. Rachael Thompson, CCPA, BSc. and Rebecce Mueller, PA-C, MSc. are both practicing Physician assistants in Ontario, Canada. They introduce themselves as the creators of this podcast and detail key events in the PA careers thus far. Join us each month as we deliver interviews with PAs.

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