There is a prejudice against CSAs. Prejudice is arguably strongest in the medical profession. Substantial effort has to be made to demonstrate, by involvement, that CSAs are as knowledgeable, clinically skilled, and able as their Canadian peers. In a recent meeting with UBC and the Ministry of Health, their representatives advised us that Canadian and Americans had more and better clinical training than medical schools CSAs attend. The reality is that neither Canadian nor American nor overseas schools have homogenous clinical training. Often the quality of training in any particular rotation is directly linked to the teaching skills of the supervising practitioner. Further, clinical training is only as good as the student. Some people who excel academically, simply do not have what it takes to excel clinically. CSAs, including CSA residents working in Canada, need to be cognizant of the prejudice and work towards dispelling it. Knowledge and experience are the tools to overcome prejudice.
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