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Physician Assistants / Clinical Assistants

Clinical & Physician Assistants are healthcare providers who practice medicine under physician supervision. These medical practitioners are “physician extenders”, which augment a physician's practice. Clinical & Physician Assistants practice medicine autonomously, but not independently. The supervisory relationship between physicians and both CA / PAs is mandated through regulations, and is the principle on which the profession is founded.

Clinical & Physician Assistants healthcare providers improve access to health care services, assist in waiting time reduction, provide both acute and chronic disease management, and enhance the collaborative practice model with other healthcare professionals.

Jeff Harnden, Physician Assistant
Brandon Regional Health Centre, General Surgery

“Part of the job I like most is working collaboratively with nurses, physicians and families to provide quality and efficient health care”.

Jeff Harnden moved to Manitoba from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to study at the University of Manitoba in the Physician Assistant Program. Jeff began practicing at Brandon Regional Health Centre in the General Surgery Program in November 2013. As a Physician Assistant in General Surgery, Jeff enjoys assisting in a variety of surgical procedures. He also delivers direct patient care in Emergency and on the wards at Brandon Regional Health Centre.

Jeff enjoys living in and practicing in Brandon and considers Brandon his home away from home.