|(919) 350-8729 – Local Phone
(919) 350-7633 – Fax
|3024 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27610
Alden K. Casati, MS, PA-C
(919) 350-8729 Ext. – Local Phone
Pascal O. Udekwu, MD, FACS
Brandon Roy, MD
Associate Medical Director
WakeMed Health and Hospitals was founded in 1961 with 380 beds and 90 doctors. The trauma program was initiated in 1987, under the leadership of Dale Oller, MD. In 2002, Osi Udekwu, MD, became chair of the department and enthusiastically pursued expansion and innovation of the program. To date, WakeMed’s Trauma Program has grown and evolved into Wake County’s sole trauma center, as well as being a regional trauma center. In the summer of 2006, WakeMed was awarded a Level One Trauma Center designation after being at level two for many years. The trauma program is run alongside the Department of Surgery at WakeMed.
As the only alternate site for surgical resident education for the University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill, we at WakeMed have a proud history of excellence in training physician residents. The first midlevel joined the trauma program in December 2002, and the midlevel program has now grown to be an essential aspect of overall trauma care. Additionally, our program participates in the training of fellow emergency medicine, oral maxillofacial (OMF), and family medicine residents, as well as medical and physician assistant (PA) students. We have now expanded our surgical academic program to include a PA residency program. We will provide an intensive 12-month experience with both didactic and clinical curricula for the management of trauma, surgical critical care, and general surgery patients. Our attending physicians are board certified in the areas of general surgery and trauma, surgical critical care, and pediatrics. With their supervision, PA residents (PA-C/R) will be trained to provide the highest level of trauma care, pre- and postoperative care, and critical care, with a focus on continuity of care. We anticipate accepting two candidates each year for participation in this program.
The 12-month residency consists of ongoing instruction in both didactic and clinical arenas. The PA-C/R will be engaged in educational and clinical responsibilities similar to those expected of our physician residents. We provide multiple educational opportunities including a weekly rounding conference, tumor board, ICU teaching rounds, resident presentation conferences, as well as a cycling lecture series from orthopedics, radiology, trauma, and continuous quality improvement. A number of courses are also offered to PA-C/Rs including ATLS, and ACLS/BLS/PALS/NRP.
Individual assessments will be made regarding current clinical competencies and advanced skills. Clinical instruction consists of rotations through the various services we offer: trauma, general surgery, clinic, elective and day surgeries, and critical care. Instruction will be provided by attending trauma/general surgeons, PAs, physician residents, as well as by auxiliary staff for the coordination of care.
PA-C/Rs will function with the same clinical expectations as those for their medical intern counterparts in their first postgraduate year (PGY-1 MDs). Clinical learning is enhanced by the daily assessments, management, and care of patients in coordination with attending staff. Clinical judgment and patient management skills will be fostered by taking call with the attendings.
PA-C/Rs will follow the same work hour guidelines as established on July 1, 2003, by ACGME.
“Surgical residents are limited to 80 hours a week (averaged over 4 weeks). They must have 10 or more hours off after in-house duty. They are limited to 24 consecutive hours plus up to a maximum of 6 hours didactic or patient care. Call cannot exceed every third night. They will leave by noon the day after call and will have one day off within every 7 days.”
At WakeMed, call duties will average no more than every fourth night, and a full weekday off every four-week block will be provided for personal needs.
Applicants who meet the following admission requirements will be evaluated and chosen on a competitive basis:
The deadline for all application materials is in January. Interviews will occur starting mid-January and notification of admission/status will be in April. Residency will commence in September or December depending on graduation date.
Upon completion of the residency, the physician assistant resident will earn a certificate of residency completion.