June 15, 2023 – Government of PEI: New changes will allow Associate Physicians (APs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) to be licensed and practice in Prince Edward Island, providing more support to physicians and helping to improve access to care for Islanders.
Through the partnership of government, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island and Health PEI new regulations have been generated to support two new categories of health care providers within the system.
A new class of registration will allow Physician Assistants to be integrated into the PEI health care system. Physician Assistants currently work in five other provinces across Canada and can assist in providing care and follow-up for patients as directed by fully licensed Physicians.
Another new class of registration with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of PEI will allow foreign-trained physicians who have completed their post-graduate training to apply for a license to practice in PEI as Associate Physicians. Other changes have also been made to facilitate ease of licensing including the removal of the requirement that a jurisdictional examination be completed prior to registration.
Practice of both the Associate Physicians and Physician Assistants would be dependent on their training and experience and can only take place under the direct supervision of a registered/licensed physician practicing in Prince Edward Island.
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