At the American Academy of Physician Assistants Convention in Los Angeles in May 1988 a group of postgraduate PA programs met to formalize a national postgraduate PA program organization. Bylaws were written and approved by the eight founding programs and the Association of Postgraduate Physician Assistant Programs (APPAP) was formed to further specialty education for PA’s.
Since that meeting, APPAP has gained the support of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). APPAP members work with AAPA and PAEA on mutual goals designed to expand the PA profession.
APPAP’s bylaws broadly define the educational, professional, and informational purposes of APPAP:
APPAP’s business meetings are open to all PA students, educators, administrators, and health professionals interested in postgraduate PA education.
All member programs of APPAP are formal postgraduate PA programs that offer structured curricula, including didactic and clinical components, to educate NCCPA eligible/certified PA’s for a defined period of time (usually 12 months) in a medical specialty.
APPAP member programs follow several models including fellowships, Masters Degree programs, and residency programs. All APPAP member programs must award a certificate or degree or provide graduate academic credit.
Employment opportunities and roles for PA’s are rapidly expanding to include a high proportion of specialty areas. The PAEA Annual Report reports the following distribution of PA’s by specialty as: Family/General Medicine (36%); General Surgery & Surgical Subspecialities (20%); Internal Medicine & IM Subspecialties (17%); Emergency Medicine (10%); Pediatrics (4%); Ob/Gyn (3%); and Other (10%). The PAEA Annual Report also reports the distribution of PAs’ by work setting as follows: Hospital (37%); Group Practice (27%); Ambulatory Care (11%); Solo MD Practice (10%); Other Settings (10%); and HMO/Managed Care (4%).
Because of this diversity and specialization, formal postgraduate training is assuming a greater importance as an adjunct to PA primary care education. Postgraduate curriculums are designed to build upon the knowledge and experience acquired in PA school enabling the PA to competently assume a role as physician assistant on a specialty health care team. Many postgraduate programs have pioneered the role of the PA in these specialty areas and offer experienced role models as well as formalized instruction.
Information about postgraduate PA educational opportunities is made available to students and graduate PA’s interested in the medical specialties in this directory. Applications and further information may be obtained by contacting individual postgraduate programs. Students and graduate PA’s may also talk with postgraduate program directors at the AAPA Annual Conference.
LAC+USC Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency
LAC+USC Physician Assistant Neonatology Residency Program
Montefiore Postgraduate Residency in Surgery and Masters in Health Sciences
Montefiore Residency in Gynecology for Physician Assistants and Optional Masters in Health Sciences
Norwalk Hospital/Yale University Pediatric Physician Assistant Postgraduate Training Program
Norwalk Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine PA Surgical Residency Program
Sinai Hospital Postgraduate Physician Assistant Surgical Residency
USC Physician Assistant Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine
|1988-89||Linda Brandt||John Rafalko|
|1989-90||Linda Brandt||John Rafalko|
|1990-91||Roger Elliot||John Rafalko|
|1991-92||Clara Vanderbilt||John Rafalko|
|1992-93||Arnold Zigman||Ken Harbert|
|1993-94||George Halterman||Steve Ireland|
|1994-95||Laye Akinloye||Steve Ireland|
|1995-96||Dick Mercer||Steve Ireland|
|1996-97||Imani Williams||Dick Mercer|
|1997-98||Steven Romanella||Dick Mercer|
|1998-99||Steven Salyer||Dick Mercer|
|1999-00||Patrick Knott||Dick Mercer|
|2000-01||Robert Brugna||Dick Mercer|
|2001-02||Debbie Winberry||Dick Mercer|
|2002-03||Brian Hennig||Dick Mercer|
|2003-04||Maura Polansky||Brian Henning|
|2004-05||Paul Hendrix||Brian Henning|
|2005-06||Kristen Norris||Ginny Hilton|
|2006-07||Maura Polansky||Bill Childers|
|2007-08||LaWaun Hance||Alicia Brown|
|2008-09||Lisa Rotellini-Coltvet||Jonathan Lerner|
|2009-10||Eric Reynolds||Jonathan Lerner|
|2010-11||Gloria Garver||Mary Pugh|
|2011-12||Jennie McKown||Mary Pugh|
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