Albany Medical Center – PA Post-Graduate Fellowship in Emergency Medicine

 (518) 262-3773  – Local Phone
PA Post-Graduate Fellowship
43 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

Length of Program: 12 months
Class Size: 5 Residents per class
Starting Date: Around October 1

The Albany Medical Center (AMC) Physician Assistant Post-graduate Fellowship in Emergency Medicine will provide an intense, well-rounded 12 months of clinical and didactic training to facilitate a successful career as an emergency medicine Physician Assistant.

http://amc.edu/academic/gme/programs/ed_pa_fellowship/index.cfm

Contact Information

Sara DeSanctis, MSH, RPA-C
Co-Director
PA Studies
(518) 262-3773  – Local Phone
DeSancS@mail.amc.edu

Adam Lloyd, MHS, RPA-C
Co-Director
PA Studies
(518) 262-3773  – Local Phone
lloyda@mail.amc.edu

General Description and History of the Program

The Albany Medical Center (AMC) Physician Assistant Post-graduate Fellowship in Emergency Medicine will provide an intense, well-rounded 12 months of clinical and didactic training to facilitate a successful career as an emergency medicine Physician Assistant. This program is appropriate for both new graduates and seasoned Physician Assistants who are looking to further their education, fine tune their diagnostic skills, and become proficient in procedures that will make them competent, confident, and well sought after practitioners of emergency medicine. Fellows will not only have their core training in Emergency Medicine, but will also have the opportunity to rotate through many sub-specialty clinical rotations.

At Albany Medical Center, the Emergency Department and its faculty are at the forefront of both institutional leadership and educational opportunity. This provides the PA fellow with the opportunity to have a complete, well rounded and flexible training experience. We are absolutely committed to adapting our program as needs evolve to serve our primary focus, the educational needs and interests of our fellows. Upon completion of this program, the EM PA Fellow will have the knowledge and skills necessary to make them a successful practitioner of Emergency Medicine in any clinical setting.

Curriculum Outline:

You will receive both clinical and didactic training consistent with that received by an Emergency Medicine Resident. All of our rotation schedules are in compliance with ACGME and New York State work hour regulations. We will be offering several “tracks” tailored to your practice needs and future career goals (i.e., rural medicine, community medicine, academics, etc.)

Opportunities Will Include:

  • Adult and Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Anesthesiology (Airway Management)
  • Ultrasound
  • Surgical ICU
  • EMS (air and ground)
  • Radiology
  • Cardiology
  • Trauma
  • Orthopedics
  • Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Training
  • Elective Opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Publication opportunities
  • ACLS, PALS, & ATLS Training
  • Journal Club (2 hours monthly)
  • Didactic Conferences (5 hours weekly)
  • Sim Lab
  • Procedure Work shops

Affiliations:

Albany Medical Center is a 651-bed (and currently expanding) Level I Trauma Center and Teaching Hospital located in the Capital District of upstate New York. The Emergency Department currently has 45 beds including a separate Pediatric ED staffed by board certified Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physicians. The department sees approximately 72,000 patients per year. Albany Medical Center has been cited as the busiest trauma center in the state of New York providing care to the residents of the 25 counties of Eastern New York and Western New England. In 2012, Albany Medical Center was recognized by HealthGrades as among the top 5 percent of Emergency Departments in the country.

Admissions Process:

Time Line:

  • Applications will be accepted beginning in January for the upcoming year’s fellow class, which will begin in Autumn, though start dates may be flexible..
  • Well-qualified applicants will be granted an interview, and acceptance will be granted on a rolling basis until both positions are filled.
  • The application deadline will be July 1st of that year.
  • The program start date is approximately October 1st each year. However, we do recognize that the graduation dates for PA programs do vary and we therefore do have some flexibility to accommodate for this.

Entry Requirements:

  • Graduation from a PA Program approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) prior to matriculation into the program.
  • A Master’s Degree.
  • National Certification by the NCCPA. New graduates may receive acceptance into the program, pending successful completion of the PANCE.
  • Official copy of PANCE scores (if certified) – sent directly from NCCPA.
  • Current DEA licensure (Applicants will be considered if eligible for DEA license. Must be fully licensed by start of program).
  • Official transcripts from Colleges/Universities and the PA Program.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae.
  • New York State PA licensure or eligibility. Failure to obtain this license voids the offer of fellowship training.
  • Three professional letters of recommendation. For new graduates, one of these letters must be from your PA Program Director — mailed directly to the Admissions Committee in a sealed envelope.
  • Copies of on-the job and/or rotation evaluations are highly desirable, but not required.
  • Completed application.
  • Personal Essay.
  • Personal Interview.

Credentials Awarded:

  • Upon successful completion of the program, fellows will be awarded a Certificate of Completion for the Albany Medical Center Physician Assistant Post-graduate Fellowship in Emergency Medicine.
  • ATLS Certification.
  • BLS, ACLS, and PALS Certification.

Financial Information:

  • There is no application fee or tuition requirement.
  • Fellows will be awarded a stipend of $50,000 for the 12 month program.
  • Full Benefits Package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life insurance, Flexible Spending Account and Vacation time.
  • CME allowance of $1,000.
  • DEA and NY State Licensing fee covered.
  • ACLS, PALS, & BLS fees covered outside of CME allowance.

Date of Graduation of First Class:

September 30, 2011

Number of Graduates in the First Class:

Two’

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