Hello all. It has been awhile since my last post and I have a lot to write about so expect a few more posts this week
For now I wanted to talk about my time at the CAPA conference in Calgary. Overall it is was a blast. Networking opportunities were great. Here was the breakdown of what I did that weekend.
FRI OCT. 18
|The hallway leading to the conference rooms|
The morning started out with breakfast then the address of The keynote speaker, the Alberta Minister of Health, The Honourable Fred Horne. He gave the great news of Alberta being in full support of Physician Assistants as well as job openings for PAs in the province. For more information click the link below.
After the keynotes address I had to choose between two different sessions at one time to listen in on. Here are the sessions I went to.
1. Building the bridge to collaborative practice by Deb Gordon, RN, BScN, MBA, CHE
2. Procedural Sedation in the ED by Brent Crawford, CD, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP
3. Developing cultural awareness and safety in clinical practice environments and the class by Ian Jones, MPAS, PA-C, CCPA
That evening there was a president’s reception which give more opportunity to network. It was great to feel part of a group and see more than a handful of PAs in one room.
SAT. OCT 18
The day started off with a student breakfast session about launching your career. There weren’t any students that came from University of Toronto that I remember (correct me if I'm wrong). There were 2 students from McMaster and Ryan and myself from U of M. There were a good handful of graduates from different programs with a good representation of U of M grads. This gave opportunity to ask how their experience has been and how their working experience has been since graduating. As for the session the most important piece of information I gathered was when looking for employment it is best to have a clear understanding of your role and how you will be trained as a newly graduated PA. This way you understand what level the doctor expects you to be at in a certain amount of time. Communication with your supervising doctor(s) is the key.
After the student session/breakfast. The keynote speaker was Sunil Sookram, MD, FRCPC who talked about STEMI Care
Afterwards I went to the following sessions
1. Occupational medicine PAS “The Ekati experience” by Jack Buchanan MPAS, CCPA
2. Otolaryngology: 10 min with a patient with an ear complaint by Allan Ho, MD
3. Emergency medicine: top 25 diagnosis compared to the curriculum map. Are we teaching the right stuff? By Dianna Wachtel, MS, PA-C, CCPA
4. Dentistry for primary care by Tim Barter, DDS
5. Damage control resuscitation (DCR): Advances and controversies by Andrew Kirkpatrick, CD, MD, FACs, FRCSC, MHSC
Looking back at the sessions I admit some of the material went over my head but it was amazing how much you understand after being in PA school for one year.
There was also opportunity to see the progress of each regional chapter. Currently there are 4 chapters Prairie, Atlantic, Quebec and Ontario. I sat in the Prairie chapter forum. Issues that are discussed include any changes in legislation, any issues PAs face and job opportunities in the respectable provinces.
SUN. OCT 20
The morning was opened up by awards then followed by the keynote presentation entitled The Alberta PA project given by Neil Gibson, MSc, MD, FAEP, FRCPC
|Jay, U of M 2013 grad, won a CAPA award for his poster - congrats!|
Ended off the conference with two more sessions
2. Management of airway emergencies - priorities preparation and passing the tube by Kate Doyle MD, FRCPC
|Candid photos of past U of M graduates taking pictures by their poster|