Physician assistants (PAs) are unregulated care providers (UCPs) who provide medical services under the supervision of a physician. The following questions and answers provide guidance for working with PAs.
PAs are a new category of health-care provider being introduced in Alberta through an Alberta Health Services (AHS) demonstration project. They are unregulated workers who work under the supervision of physicians and provide direct patient care.
The supervising physician is responsible for the supervision and oversight of the PA. As supported by our Practice Standards for Regulated Members, CARNA members should question policies and procedures inconsistent with therapeutic client outcomes, best practice and safety standards and discuss these with your manager or supervisor.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our policy and practice consultants here at CARNA by calling 1.800.252.9392 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.