PA Residency

Letter from the Directors

Class of 2016

Welcome to the Regions Hospital Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant (EM PA) Residency. We are proud to be the first EMPA residency program in MN.  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 work alongside physician residents, study the core curriculum, and participate in weekly conferences in addition to their clinical rotation schedule. We offer 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 it’s founding as Ancker Hospital and later St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center. In 2009 a new addition to the hospital was completed with an expansion of the emergency department. The increased bed capacity led to 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 organization of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA) advocate for the advantages of advanced training for PAs. We agree that postgraduate 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 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

PA Residency Overview

Program Description

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Regions Hospital   offers a postgraduate program for Physician Assistants interested in advanced training in emergency medicine. The Physician Assistant Residency Program collaborates with the existing Physician EM Residency Program and the departments of Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, and Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at Regions Hospital and with local outreach hospitals. Regions Hospital is the Level I Trauma and Burn Center for Ramsey County and is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota part of the metropolitan Twin Cities. The Emergency Department at Regions has 15,000 square feet, 54 treatment rooms, with approximately 87,000 patients seen annually. PA Residents train with experienced physician and PA staff alongside physician emergency medicine residents and students of various disciplines.

Program Mission

The mission of the Emergency Medicine PA Residency Program is to provide a post-graduate specialty training program for physician assistants that will promote excellence in emergency department patient care with a focus on critical care knowledge and procedures.  PA residents undergo intensive didactic and clinical training  preparing them to be skilled partners in care delivery in emergency, acute care, and intensive care settings.

Vision Statement: The vision of the Regions Hospital EM PA Residency Program is to be an educational partner in the improvement of the health of our patients and communities.

Length of Program: 18 Months

Class Size: 3

Starting Date: Currently March or June start dates



Regions Hospital PA residents are required to study the core content curriculum that is required for emergency medicine physician board certification. PA residents participate in weekly conferences with the EM physician residents. They are required to certify in ACLS, PALS, and ATLS. PA residents participate in skills workshops including procedure labs and simulation labs. There is opportunity for additional training in Ultrasound, EMS, Toxicology, International Emergency Medicine, and research studies.


PA residents devote a significant portion of their training to emergency medicine. They have required rotations in specialty areas essential for proficiency in emergency medicine. There are rotations to an outreach hospital partner and a rural emergency department.

18 Month Clinical Rotation Schedule

  • 7 months         Emergency Medicine at Regions
  • 5 weeks           SICU
  • 5 weeks           MICU
  • 5 weeks           Pediatric ED
  • 4 weeks           Outreach Partner ED
  • 4 weeks           Hospital Medicine/Cardiology
  • 5 weeks           Orthopedics
  • 4 weeks           Rural ED
  • 2.5 weeks        Ultrasound/Anesthesiology
  • 5 weeks           Toxicology/EMS


The Regions Hospital Emergency Medicine/ Physician Assistant Residency Program is designed to meet the requirements for Clinical Post Graduate PA Programs as determined by The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The program has started the application process for accreditation, however the ARC-PA has suspended the accreditation process and is undergoing a reevaluation of how it will proceed.

Application Process

 Application Requirements

  • Degree from an ARC-PA accredited PA Program prior to matriculation into the program
  • A Baccalaureate degree or higher
  • Eligible for National Certification by the NCCPA. New graduates may apply who are PANCE eligible
  • Minnesota licensure or eligibility
  • Official PA Program transcripts
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal Essay
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Interview
  • Application–please complete the form included on this website
  • Application Fee–$50– made payable to Regions Hospital

Please submit application, CV, personal statement, and application fee to:

Regions Hospital Emergency Medicine Department
Attn: Christie Eck
MS 11102F
640 Jackson Street
Saint Paul, MN  55101

Calendar of Events

  • Applications accepted year round. Start dates may be flexible.
  • Well-qualified applicants will be granted an interview, and acceptance will be granted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.
  • Residency start date….Early March or last 2 weeks in June, may be flexible to accommodate PA Program graduation date variability.

Contact Information

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

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

Christie Eck
PA Residency Coordinator
Regions Hospital Emergency Department

Salary and Benefits

Physician assistant residents will receive a salary of $54,757 for the first year and a total of $83,045 for the 18 months.

A complete benefits package will be offered.


Application Form

Letter of Reference Form

Why do a PA Residency


Scholarly Activity

Scholarship Awards:

Abby Willaert (Class of 2013) received the Paul S. Robinson Award sponsored by The Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants.


Willaert AOrozco BS, Maslonka K, McNamara J, Cole JB, Stellpflug SJ. Surfactant Administration as Treatment for Respiratory Failure Following Hydrocarbon Aspiration. Clin Toxicol. 2013 Aug;51(7):590. NACCT, Atlanta, GA, Sept 2013.

Poster Presentations:

Abby Willaert  presented “Surfactant Administration as Treatment for Respiratory Failure Following Hydrocarbon Aspiration.” at North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology (NACCT) in September 2013.


Abby Willaert compiled list of faculty journal articles recommended to change your practice. See page included on this web site.


Libby Shern and Chadd Allen were the winners of the first annual AAEM 2014 EM PA Challenge Bowl.

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