About the Journal
The Journal of Canada's Physician Assistants (JCANPA) is a peer-reviewed open-access journal. JCANPA is a forum to share and translate knowledge of Canada's Physician Assistants' practice, profession, and solutions.
Canadian Physician Assistants are academically and clinically educated medical generalists who practice medicine within a formalized and collaborative partnership with physicians. PA education prepares medical clinicians who can adapt to their clinical environments which may include primary health care, specialty practice, surgery, emergency or hospital-based roles. PAs over time develop an increased knowledge of a medical or surgical specialty. The PAs’ scope of practice mirrors that of the physicians, and practice within trust-centred relationships and formalized contracts of supervision.
Visit your Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician to discuss your health and medical concerns. This journal is not intended to provide directions for self-care and treatment. When it comes to health, direct communication with qualified and knowledgeable medical providers makes a difference.
Respectfully used to symbolize our Journal's values, hopes, and purpose, an Inukshuk in the shape of a person signifies safety, hope and friendship. Used as a directional marker in Canada's North, the Inukshuk is an Inuit symbol of communication. From the Inuktitut, ᐃᓄᒃᓱᒃ, plural ᐃᓄᒃᓱᐃᑦ; alternatively, inukshuk in Inuinnaqtun, iñuksuk in Iñupiaq, or inukshuk in English.
Welcome to Edition Number 7 of the Journal of Canada's Physician Assistants. In this edition, there are summaries of a Virus and Bacteria you need to understand, two Literary Reviews, a recommendation for assessing Rheumatoid Arthritis, and the proposed Canadian National Physician Assistant Competency Framework (NCF) with the Entrustable Professional Activities for Physician Assistants (EPA-PA). The NCF and the EPA-PA are under review by the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants with a survey distributed to the membership and provided for your review.
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