University of Missouri – Post-graduate Acute Care PA Residency

University of Missouri – Post-graduate Acute Care PA Residency
(573) 884-9066  – Local Phone University Hospital and Clinics
One Hospital Drive. MA421 Health Sciences Center, DC043.00
Columbia, MO 65212

Length of Program: 15 months
Class Size: 2
Starting Date: July 1
Ending Date: December 31

Contact Information

Eric Johnson, PAC
Programs Director
University of Missouri Postgraduate Physician Assistant Residency Programs
University Hospital and Clinics
One Hospital Drive. MA421 Health Sciences Center, DC043.00
Columbia, MO 65212
(573) 884-9066
Cell: (573) 881-5675

Program Description

Columbia, Missouri is the home of the University of Missouri. Located midway between Kansas City and St. Louis, Columbia is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the United States. The city boasts affordable housing, a moderate cost of living, diverse cultural and economic opportunities and excellent public schools. Most people who live in this college town of approximately 100,000 residents consider it the best of two worlds — small town convenience and warmth with big-city sophistication and amenities. Columbia offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including museums, theater, concerts and MU sports. More than 3,000 acres of state park lands are located within 10 miles of Columbia. The city itself includes more than 40 public parks and two state parks, including the MKT Trail—an urban running, walking and cycling trail that connects to Katy Trail State Park.

University Hospital, part of the University of Missouri Health System in Columbia, Missouri is offering an intense and rewarding post-graduate residency for physician assistants in acute care medicine. The physician assistant residency program is a collaboration among University Hospital, the MU School of Medicine and its departments of emergency medicine, internal medicine and surgery, and the MU School of Health Professions.

Physician assistants in the University Hospital residency program will work with and under the supervision of emergency medicine, surgical and critical care physician assistants and physicians.


Rotations will include experience in the Emergency Department, Frank L. Mitchell Jr., MD, Trauma Center, intensive care units, and medical and surgical inpatient floors. Each rotation will offer a unique perspective and approach to caring for critically injured and seriously ill patients, including experience in performing emergent interventions. The residency program will provide world-class training in general and specialty adult medicine for hospital-based physician assistants.

The duration of the program is 15 months. During that time, residents will rotate through the hospital’s multiple intensive care units including the George David Peak Memorial Burn and Wound Center and surgical and medical ICUs. Residents also will rotate through the Emergency Department, anesthesia, and surgical and medical inpatient services.

Residents will be trained to monitor, diagnose and treat critically ill patients. They also will receive procedural training within those subspecialties, including central lines, arterial lines, intubations, chest tube placement, thoracentesis and paracentesis.

Residents receive hands-on experience through classes in the Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Clinical Simulation Center in preparation for performing supervised bedside interventions. In addition to receiving classroom and clinical experience, residents are expected to attend and participate in grand rounds, journal club departmental lectures, conferences and lectures by guest speakers.

The experience will prepare residents for successful careers as physician assistants in critical care and hospitalist medicine. After graduating from the program, residents will receive a certificate of completion from the University of Missouri as a physician assistant in acute and critical care medicine.

University/Institution affiliations

University Hospital is a 300-bed hospital in central Missouri and serves as central Missouri’s only Level I trauma center as well as a tertiary referral center for much of mid-Missouri. The hospital is located on the MU campus, along with its academic partners, the School of Medicine, the Sinclair School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions. As part of an academic medical center, University Hospital is host to many physician residency and fellowship programs.

Admission Requirements

Physician assistants must be NCCPA-certified or eligible and must be able to obtain a Missouri physician assistant license along with University of Missouri Health Care privileges. To apply, you must complete an application and include a $45 application fee. A personal interview will be required. Program admission is limited to two physician assistants each July.

Financial Information

Physician assistant residents will receive an annual salary of $60,000 as well as University of Missouri employee benefits, including medical insurance, paid vacation and sick time off. For more information about employee benefits, please contact the Human Resources Department at (573) 882-8186. Continuing medical education funds will be available.

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