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PA Residency Overview

Program Description, Mission Statement, Curriculum, Accreditation

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 82,000 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: 2

Starting Date: Rolling admissions, currently March or June start dates  

 

Curriculum

 

Didactic

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.

Clinical

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

 

Accreditation:

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.

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