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Department of Emergency Medicine

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Why postgraduate education?

It’s an exciting time to be a physician assistant! We are truly an important piece of ever changing health care reform. According to the AAPA in 2007 over 12 percent of all ED visits are seen by advanced practice providers. This is expected to increase exponentially in the upcoming years. PAs play a vital role in the future of emergency care.

Emergency medicine is an exciting specialty focused on the treatment of acute and urgent medical conditions. Emergency practitioners treat the full spectrum of patients using skills ranging from those of a general practitioner to specialists. While not required, there are several benefits of completing an emergency medicine fellowship.

Perhaps the most important and noticeable is the increased knowledge base. This is achieved by working along side board certified emergency physicians and reinforced with didactic training. It can be difficult to obtain a job in EM without experience; the fellowship is a great way to gain valuable experience. There are also many both tangible and non-tangible benefits including: Increased respect from physician colleagues, potential for increased compensation, increased productivity and patient satisfaction, potential for leadership positions and promotions, advanced skill proficiency, and many more.