Letter from the Directors

Introductory Letter

PA Residency Directors
PA Residency Directors Bradley S. Hernandez, MD and Ann Verhoeven, PA-C, MMSc

Welcome PA Resident Class of 2016


Welcome to the Regions Hospital Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant (EM PA) Residency. We are excited to offer the first EM PA residency program in Minnesota with the first class starting in July of 2012. We are fortunate to be able to collaborate with a well established and highly competitive physician emergency medicine residency which was established in 1996. Regions Hospital is a Level I Trauma and Burn Center and is the state's first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. The emergency medicine faculty are affiliated with the University of Minnesota and provide training for emergency medicine residents, rotating residents, and medical students. The PA staff provide training for PA students. The PA residents will work alongside physician residents, study the core curriculum, and participate in weekly conferences in addition to their clinical rotation schedule. We are offering 10 weeks of critical care training with opportunities for procedural experience during these rotations, during outreach hospital and rural hospital rotations, as well as simulation training.

Regions Hospital has a long history of education dating back to its founding as Ancker Hospital and later St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center. We have recently expanded and remodeled our emergency department and have introduced changes in the staffing models to increase provider coverage, which has included the increased utilization of PA providers. With the rising volume of patients with increasingly complex medical problems, the benefit of advanced training for newly employed PAs has been recognized. The organizations of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA) are advocating the role of advanced training for PAs. We agree that residency training will allow PAs to refine their knowledge and skills, and to successfully integrate into the specialty of emergency medicine at an accelerated rate compared to on-the-job training. Employers, physicians, and patients will benefit from PA residency trained providers and the training will lead to increased competence, confidence, and job satisfaction to the provider.

We here at Regions are privileged to be able to offer the opportunity for the motivated and intellectually curious physician assistant to become a leader in the trend towards advanced training for PAs in emergency medicine. Please explore the web site and contact us if you have questions.

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Bradley S. Hernandez, MD
PA Residency Program Medical Director
Regions Hospital Emergency Department

Ann Verhoeven, PA-C, MMSc
PA Residency Program Director
Regions Hospital Emergency Department

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