Emergency Medicine - Physician Assistant Fellowship

The Department of Emergency Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center is pleased to offer an Emergency Medicine Residency for the Physician Assistant (PA) which we started in 2011. Our Residency in Emergency Medicine is one of a few Emergency Medicine PA residencies offered in the nation and the first residency for Physician Assistants at New York Presbyterian Hospital. We are a tertiary care center, approved for Trauma, Cardiac, Burn and Stroke care and treat over 80,000 Emergency Department patients annually. Our department includes Emergency Medicine specialty services such as Toxicology, Wilderness Medicine, Geriatric Emergency Medicine, EM Ultrasound and a Global Emergency Medicine program. Our faculty and residents conduct clinical research, sit on several national committees, publish numerous articles and chapters, and present at national conferences. As a Physician Assistant Resident in Emergency Medicine, you will have the opportunity to work alongside our high caliber physician residents, board certified Emergency Medicine faculty, and veteran PAs and NPs in our Emergency Department. You will also rotate on various specialty services at New York Presbyterian Hospital and will work with attending physicians, physician residents, and physician assistants on those services.

The Department of Emergency Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality medical care to our patients and an excellent education to our trainees. Our Physician Assistant Emergency Medicine Residency will prepare residents to become highly competent physician assistants in Emergency Medicine by developing their skills in all aspects of emergency care. Certification from this program will demonstrate education, training, experience and peer recognized excellence in Emergency Medicine. Our Physician Assistant Residency graduates will be the future Physician Assistant leaders in Emergency Medicine providing the highest level of clinical care while developing and implementing the expansion and practice of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants.

Clinical Rotations

The Physician Assistant Resident will rotate in the Weill Cornell Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments and on several off-service rotations over the 14 month Residency Program. Many of these services already have Physician Assistants and/or Physician Assistant students as an integral part of the team. The Physician Assistant Resident in Emergency Medicine will be supervised by Attending Physicians and senior Physician Assistants on each service. The following are clinical rotations that are currently part of our Physician Assistant Residency curriculum.

Physician Assistant Resident Clinical Rotation
Rotation Duration
Adult emergency department 28 weeks
Pediatric emergency department 5 weeks
Internal medicine 2 weeks
Cardiothoracic ICU 4 weeks
Orthopedics 4 weeks
Anesthesia 2 weeks
Emergency department radiology 2 weeks
Ophthalmology 1 week
Elective* 2 weeks
Vacation 3 weeks
Total 14 months

*Emergency department electives include global health, toxicology, wilderness medicine, geriatric emergency medicine, and emergency medical services.

Didactic Curriculum

The Weill Cornell Emergency Medicine Residency provides comprehensive, evidence-based didactic teaching throughout the course of the EM PA Residency training. Didactic lectures and simulation sessions are integrated into each clinical rotation and schedules are created to maximize resident exposure to the multiple levels of learning that take place in our department. Under the guidance of our Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency Education Coordinator, Dr. Sam Senturia, students can rest assured they will receive an all-inclusive review of Emergency Medicine that they can apply at the bedside during their clinical experience.

Didactic Learning during Clinical Training Emergency Medicine Review Series

Each Physician Assistant Resident in Emergency Medicine will be required to attend all board review sessions (intended for MD residents) from November to February. These are CME approved (26 hours total) sessions attended by physician residents in Emergency Medicine, faculty, PA students, medical students, and advance practice providers (PA/NPs). The review sessions are held on Tuesday evenings and are given by Board Certified Emergency Medicine faculty members. Below is a list of the topics of lectures:

  • Orthopedic Emergencies
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Pulmonary Emergencies
  • Traumatic Disorders
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Toxicologic Emergencies
  • Metabolic, Immune and Endocrine Emergencies
  • Visual Diagnosis in Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Disease Emergencies
  • Hematologic-Oncology Emergencies
  • Renal-Urology Emergencies
  • Pediatric Emergencies
  • Dermatologic Emergencies
  • Abdominal/GI Emergencies
  • Ethics in Emergency Medicine
  • Eye and ENT Emergencies
  • Procedures and Administration in Emergency Medicine

Quarterly Take-Home, Self-Assessment Exams

Four exams will be distributed over the course of the 14-month training that Residents will be able to take home and complete in an "open-book" format over 7-10 days. The exams cover all core content areas of Emergency Medicine training and are meant to direct and impel the Resident's reading during their otherwise busy clinical and academic schedule. Once submitted, the exams will be graded by Residency Leadership and a Review Session will be held going over each exam in its entirety. We have received excellent feedback from our residents stating the exams were a useful and comprehensive review of didactic materials during past classes.