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Essential Skills Series – The Road of PA Development


February 23 2021


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


  • Amy Doris
    Amy Doris

    Amy is a recent graduate from the Master of Clinical Science Pathologist’s Assistant program at the University of Western Ontario. She is the past Chair of the inaugural CAP-ACP PA Section Student Committee and continues to serve on this committee to promote PA student educational activities in Canada. Amy is currently employed as a PA in Ontario with plans to write her certification exams by 2022.

    Amy is passionate about education, community building, professional development, and seeking out opportunities to encourage lifelong learning in her career.

  • Bill Gorday
    Bill Gorday

    I have worked as a PA in Calgary, Alberta for 21 years and I have been involved with the U of C PA program for 6 years. I am a CCCPA-CCCAP and ASCP-BOC certified Pathologists’ Assistant.

  • Stephanie Sharpley
    Stephanie Sharpley

    I graduated from the Master of Clinical Sciences – Pathologists’ Assistant Program at Western University in 2017, and have been employed since as a Pathologists’ Assistant at University Hospital in London, Ontario. I also became a Clinical Preceptor of Western’s PA Program in 2018.

Join us for the first of the Essential Skills Series of the CAP-ACP Virtual Education Program. While all are welcome this session especially catered to Pathologist’s Assistants.

Join 3 leaders in the field as they speak on vital steps of career development.

Bill Gorday’s portion of the session will :
* Summarize the basic structure of a PA Program
* Describe the role of external accreditation in shaping a PA program
* Evaluate the role PA programs play in the development and maintenance of the PA profession in Canada

Amy Doris’ presentation aims to discuss all aspects of the student to workplace transition from the hiring process and training to developing confidence in the gross room. We will also discuss the masters of science PA programs in Canada and how students are being prepared to enter the workforce as PAs.

We will then welcome Stephanie Sharpley for a practical session that will Describe the selection process of potential candidates to the Clinical Masters Program at Western University. Briefly outline the curriculum and training process for students of the Clinical Masters Program at Western University and discuss the transition of student to employee in the workplace upon graduation from the Program

Target audience: Pathologists assistants and other Laboratory medicine professionals

CanMEDS Roles: Medical Expert (the integrating role), Medical Expert (the integrating role)
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the Canadian Association of Pathologists. You may claim a maximum of 1.5 hour (credits are automatically calculated).