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Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant (EMPA)
The Department of Emergency Medicine sponsors and conducts a 1 year Fellowship in Emergency Medicine (EM) which is challenging, intense, demanding and rewarding. Currently this program is only for active duty service members.
Why specialty training in Emergency Medicine?
Training in EM for PAs
was started in 1981 in response to a shortage of Army EM physicians. The PAs
were trained at
We are dedicated to providing the best education possible for our Fellows. We use a team approach to problem solving. We train groups of people with individual instruction. We have a common goal… to train our Fellows in the art and science of Emergency Medicine. As any good program does, we constantly look for ways to improve ourselves… change is inevitable. We will afford our Fellows every opportunity to succeed.
· The Program
1. EMPA training is one year in length. It starts 1 July and ends 30 June the following year. The program is modeled after the Physician Residency using the approved CORD (Counsel of Residency Directors) curriculum. While the basic curriculum for EMPA Fellows closely parallels that of the CORD curriculum, given the time constraints of a short fellowship and the inherent differences in physician and EMPA providers, a "Critical Topics" list has been established as the primary focus of Fellowship training. The EMPA Critical Topics list is a list of 51 categories of trauma and disease states that the EMPA Fellow must be able to identify and treat before graduating. It is the minimal requirement.
2. The program is designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice through one-on-one supervised "hands-on" training. The fellow applies the principles and procedures learned during didactic training. Clinical training will be conducted in a true patient care environment. "Hands-on" experience is an integral part of the program.
The first month is
spent primarily in the Emergency Department. Ninety percent of the first month
is dedicated to lectures, ACLS, PALS, ATLS, and toxicology. There are two off
site rotations: a two month trauma rotation at Tacoma General and
Upon completion of the program, each EMPA will be assigned to any of the various MTFs throughout the ARMY. The usual tour is two years, as a minimum. After the initial utilization tour the EMPA may be assigned to any unit appropriate for grade and rank.
All of the department physicians are residency trained in Emergency Medicine and are either Board Certified or Board eligible. The PA staff is specialty trained and experienced in ED procedures and education.
The Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship is an excellent training program that produces competent, caring and proficient EMPAs. We provide a challenging environment both physically and mentally. We maximize each fellows potential and more.
We offer an educational opportunity to increase your knowledge base, improve your procedural skills and reward you with the M2 skill identifier.
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