Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship

Hours and Location

Contact Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship Hours
Director, EMPA Fellowship: (254) 553-0917
GME Office: (254) 286-7082
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
EM residents area
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
Fort Hood, Texas 76544


Medical Interns and Emergency Sign

The U.S. Army-Baylor DSc Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant (EMPA) Residency is an 18 month program of clinical rotations, formal didactic instruction, and a research project. The residency prepares the EMPA to evaluate, diagnose, and stabilize those conditions which pose an immediate threat to life and limb. The EMPA will also be able to manage medical and surgical conditions encountered in an Emergency Department (MEDCEN's/MEDDAC's) or a deployable environment. The curriculum is modeled from the emergency medicine curriculum developed by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), Council Of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD), and the American College of Emergency Physicians Core Content Task Force II. The guidelines for evaluating the EMPA resident is modeled from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) core competencies, and places emphasis on the skills required of the military Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants. The skills that distinguish the U.S. Army EMPA are: resuscitation, toxicology, EMS system design and supervision, disaster management, environmental emergencies, and operational military medicine. The EMPA Residency program maintains its membership with the Association of Postgraduate Physician Assistant Programs. The Residency is unique in that it exists within an established Emergency Medicine Residency, enhancing educational and research opportunities. Another unique facet of the EMPA residency is a specially designed research course and orientation month introducing the resident to the basic research concepts and evaluation and management of emergency patients. These comprehensive introductory courses consists of over 25 lectures on research methodology and a variety of emergency medicine topics, an advanced airway lab, animal procedure lab, suture lab and certification in BLS, ACLS and PALS.

The EMPA program is modeled after emergency medicine physician residencies and was approved by The Army Surgeon General in February 1991. The program began its first class on 1 July 1991, and graduated the first EMPA residents on 30 June 1992. In December 2007, the program graduated the first ever Physician Assistant's with a Doctorate of Science degree.

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