University of Kentucky – University of Kentucky Emergency Medicine APP Residency Program
(859) 323-5908 – Phone (859) 323-8056 – Fax 800 Rose Street M53 Lexington, KY 40536

Contact Information

Julie Adkins, PA-C Assistant Director, EM APP Residency



The goal of the UK EM APP Residency program is to provide an outstanding one year postgraduate education for those wanting to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine. The program will follow the guidelines recommended through SEMPA (Society for Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant) and prepare our APP graduates for the NCCPA EM CAQ (National Commission for Certification for Physician Assistant Emergency Medicine Certificate of Added Qualifications).  These guidelines also closely follow the EM certification recommended requirements for NP post-graduate level training.

The residency is an intensive 12 month training program and takes 4 advanced practice providers per year. The program has been active since 2017.



  • Resident Conference with Emergency Medicine Physician Residents
    • Weekly lectures from 7a-12p (currently on Thursdays)
    • 90% attendance expected
  • Monthly journal club
  • Monthly chart and patient reviews
  • Monthly workshops
    • Provided by EM faculty, ancillary services, other medical services
    • Includes lectures, simulation workshops
  • CME conferences
    • CastleFest Ultrasound Conference
    • Additional conferences vary
  • Certifications
    • ATLS
    • ACLS
    • PALS
    • Critical Care


  • Shift work
    • 15 shifts per month, both at Chandler and Good Samaritan EDs
    • 10 hour shifts
    • Either 9a-7p or 4p-2a
    • Designated pediatric, ultrasound, and critical care shifts
  • Procedures training and experience with various workshops and simulation labs



UK Chandler Hospital is located in Lexington, Kentucky, and is only one of two academic tertiary care facilities in the entire state of Kentucky. It is also the only level-one adult and pediatric trauma center in the region.  The combined adult and pediatric emergency department cares for over 83,000 patients annually, which includes referrals from all of Central and Eastern Kentucky. The department has an established emergency medicine physician (EM) residency-training program since 1996 with 30 EM physician residents and 38 attendings.  We currently have 23 APPs working alongside the residents and faculty in our high volume, high acuity ED. The program is nationally known for its medical educators as well as an extensive EM ultrasound program with an EM fellowship-training program.  We operate in a newly opened, state of the art Emergency Department. UK Medical Center is also a comprehensive stroke center, a cardiac catheterization center, and a National Cancer Institute affiliate.

The Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center is the only 24 hour dedicated emergency and trauma care center in the region.

Good Samaritan Hospital ED is community-based with 23 beds, newly renovated in March 2018.

Application Information


  • Completion of an accredited NP or PA program and national licensure
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Must be eligible to obtain state license by program start date

Application requirements

  • Completed application at https://ukjobs.uky.edu
  • Recommendation from program faculty
  • CV
  • Cover letter or personal statement
  • Strong desire to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine


  • Exact dates vary annually, but applications typically open in early March, with interviews in April and position selection in May.
  • Credentialing process begins in June
  • Orientation August, beginning of September
  • Official start in September
  • Graduation August of following year


  • Health, vision, life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Retirement plan
  • Sick, holiday, and vacation time
  • Annual salary $53,000 (subject to change)
  • Computer for use during residency
  • Networking and career guidance
  • Exciting and forgiving learning environment