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St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency for Physician Assistant

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Cardiothoracic PA Residency
5301 East Huron River Drive
2 East Tower, Room 235
Ypsilanti, MI  48197

Length of Program: 12 months including 2 weeks vacation and time off for the Annual APACVS Conference
Class Size 1 Resident per Class
Starting Date: July – May adjust to meet PA program graduation
Ending Date: June

Contact Information

Scott A. Rogers, MPAS, PA-C
Program Director
(734) 712-2680

Andrew Pruitt, MD
Medical Director

Program Description And History

The postgraduate residency program for PAs in Cardiothoracic surgery is offered by St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in conjunction with Michigan Heart & Vascular Institute and IHA Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons of Ann Arbor, PC. The program provides the graduate physician assistant with an opportunity to obtain advanced training in cardiothoracic surgery.

Established in 2000, the residency program is a 12-month didactic and clinical training program for licensed, board-certified PAs who wish to specialize in cardiothoracic surgery. It expands upon the basic training of the PA in diagnosis and management of conditions common to cardiothoracic surgery patients. The PA resident participates in all phases of care of the cardiothoracic surgical patient, including assisting in the operating room.

Institutional Affiliations

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is a 581-bed, award-winning academic teaching hospital and tertiary care center providing specialized care not typically available at community hospitals. Located near Ann Arbor, Michigan, it is one of several large teaching institutions in the suburban Detroit area, participating in the education of PA students, medical students and physician residents.

IHA Cardiac & Thoracic Surgeons of Ann Arbor, PC is a private surgical practice affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the Michigan Heart & Vascular Institute.

Michigan Heart & Vascular Institute, a premier cardiovascular program affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, is a multidisciplinary collaboration between cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and vascular medicine & surgery.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be graduates of an ARC-PA accredited physician assistant program and be eligible for (or have passed) the NCCPA board exam. Residents must obtain a Michigan PA license upon acceptance into the program and undergo a pre-employment background check.


The didactic & clinical portions of the program are integrated. Residents will be given up to 2 didactic days per month depending on case volume.

Clinical training includes intensive care unit orientation and rotation, daily patient rounds in the ICU and step-down units, training in invasive procedures, surgical skills lab, and progressive levels of involvement in cardiac and thoracic surgical cases to the point of independent conduit harvesting, wound closure and first assisting. Residents will experience call duty with service PAs for surgical emergencies and weekend rounds with attending staff.

Financial Information

  • Salary/Stipend: $72,000.00 per year plus $250 per month food/sundries allowance for hospital cafeteria and coffee shot uses.
  • Benefits: flexible benefits program including personal & family health plan, dental & vision plans, professional liability
  • Equipment: custom-made surgical loupes, lab coats with laundry service, some textbooks and access to reference sources (medical library, computer/internet access) are all provided by the program
  • Travel: interview-related expenses are the responsibility of each candidate
  • Housing: relocation and housing costs are the responsibility of each PA resident

Program Calendar

Event July Start
Application Deadline March 1
Interview Notification March 15
Interview Dates Last week of March to 1st week of April
Selection Notification Mid April
Commitment to Program May 1

Application Components

  • Completed Application Form (available from Program Office or Web Site)
  • Application Fee ($25, Non-Refundable)
  • Passport or Similar-Sized Photo (to aid interview identification)
  • Personal Statement – 1 page in length, expressing career goals and source of interest in cardiothoracic surgery
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation: For Recent Graduates, 1 must be from PA Program Director. (If not a recent graduate, 1 letter must be from a current or recent employer.)
  • Official PA Program Transcripts

Selection Criteria

  • Work and Life Experience (Surgical experience is not required, but some prior exposure to cardiothoracic surgery is considered important.)
  • Education / Academic Records
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Communication / Interpersonal Skills
  • Completion & Submission of all Application Components
  • Personal Interview (Applicants will be screened for a limited number of interview slots based on materials submitted.)

Credential Awarded

Upon completion of the residency program, the PA resident is awarded a certificate of training signed by department and program directors.
The SJMH PA Residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery is approved for maximum CME credit (50 hours) by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.


Information provided in this listing is current as of February 2020 and is subject to change. To verify information contact Scott A. Rogers, PA-C, Program Director, (734) 712-2680  or via e-mail at scott.rogers@stjoeshealth.org.