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The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) today announced the creation of a new officer occupation for Physician Assistants (PA).
This is the first time in CAF history that an occupation has gone from a non-commissioned member occupation to an officer occupation. There are 171 PAs in the CAF and the first to be commissioned and promoted to the rank of captain are as follows:
Chief Warrant Officer Danyal Beale of 1 Canadian Field Hospital;
Chief Warrant Officer Patrick Stringfellow of 1 Field Ambulance;
Chief Petty Officer 1 Raymond Racine of Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (Halifax); and
Master Warrant Officer Mario Gulin of Canadian Forces Health Services Group (Headquarters Ottawa).
Serving in both domestic and international operations, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has been training and employing military Physician Assistants (PAs) since the 1960s.
PAs have the skills and experience to deal with the daily health-care needs of CAF patients and can also function effectively in various specialty-practice environments.
A PA’s activities may include the following: conducting patient interviews; documenting health histories; performing comprehensive physical examinations; performing selected diagnostic and therapeutic interventions; counseling patients on preventive healthcare; assisting the supervising physician in developing and implementing patient management plans; prescribing medication in accordance with medical directives; and other tasks as directed by the supervising physician ...