The Ongomiizwin-Health Services Physician and Clinical Assistant Program was launched in 2020 as an innovative way to enhance the delivery of physician resources in Manitoba’s Indigenous communities.
Physician assistants are highly skilled, regulated health-care professionals trained in the medical model as generalists who work in collaboration with a licensed physician with onsite or remote supervision.
Physician assistants are uniquely prepared to be adaptable and versatile within various practice sites and disciplines
Traditionally, clinical assistants are internationally trained physicians. However, they may also be nurses, paramedics or respiratory therapists with an exceptional skill set and function similar to physician assistants in Manitoba.
These physician extenders have been integrated into multidisciplinary teams and function mainly as consultants to advanced-practice registered nurses and support physician care to hospitals and communities.
Ongomiizwin-Health Services supplies family physicians to 18 fly-in and drive-in communities and three hospital sites throughout northern Manitoba.
Physician assistants and clinical assistants oversee and deliver chronic care programs in Garden Hill and St. Theresa Point, where they make a significant impact on the management of complex health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
Within the fly-in program, our physician assistants help to support the nursing stations as on-call consultants to our nursing colleagues for primary and emergency care.
We also have physician assistants working in the ER and clinic at the Percy E Moore Hospital in Hodgson, Manitoba.
It is our vision to have physician extenders in all our Ongomiizwin-Health Services communities over the next five years.
Physician assistant students and mentorship Ongomiizwin-Health Services offers clinical rotations for students in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at the University of Manitoba’s Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.
These rotations provide students with an opportunity to get hands-on experience in both chronic and acute care medicine while working with experienced physician assistant preceptors.
Physician assistants and clinical assistants parallel their physician colleagues in committing to and abiding by the values of the Ongomiizwin-Health Services physician charter which outlines eight service commitments including safety, listening, compassion, respect, humility, transparency, accountability, learning and innovation.
Benefits for practitioners
There’s nothing else like it
Be part of an exciting and innovative program backed by supportive physicians and leadership. Explore Manitoba’s rich cultural landscape and consider practicing medicine in a rewarding and awe-inspiring northern environment.
Independence and autonomy
Many of the communities we serve are remote, which requires clinicians travel by plane, helicopter, boat and hovercraft to fly-in communities. Due to the setting, you will practice medicine with a high level of autonomy and authority with only remote physician supervision. This type of practice is particularly challenging and extremely rewarding and is not offered anywhere else in Manitoba or Canada.
Ongomiizwin-Health Services has various positions ranging from casual locum opportunities to full-time contracts . We have split-site practice options and flexible schedules that afford our contractors a balanced professional career.
Ongoing educational opportunities
Ongomiizwin-Health Services provides opportunities to enrich your knowledge and skills and to enhance clinical experiences in northern medicine. We offer an accredited continuing medical education series to keep our team up to date in best practice and to support ongoing learning and growth with a designated physician assistant and clinical assistant program education.
Our strong, seasoned physician assistant team provides on-site mentorship of newly graduated or recently hired physician assistants out of our Garden Hill Nursing Station.
We are currently hiring! Please send inquiries or expressions of interest to: