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Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship

Mission Statement

The Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant (EMPA) Fellowship at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center contributes to community health services by providing advanced clinical and didactic educational opportunities in Emergency Medicine.

Vision Statement

The EMPA Fellowship will promote the recognition and advancement of the Physician Assistant profession by building on a foundation of primary care through the structured education of National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certified Physician Assistants in the specialty of Emergency Medicine.

The Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship is a fourteen month full-time Program which provides clinical and didactic instruction to Certified Physician Assistants interested in advancing in the specialty of Emergency Medicine. The Fellowship builds upon the knowledge and clinical skills acquired during an ARC-PA accredited entry level Physician Assistant program and focuses on expanding that knowledge and refining the skills required for quality emergency care. During emergency medicine rotations, EMPA Fellows are closely supervised by a team of NCCPA certified Physician Assistants as well as Board-Certified or Board-Eligible Emergency Physicians which are certified by the ABEM and/or the AOBEM.

The EMPA Fellowship was developed in 2009 in response to the demand for both a streamlined pathway to professional advancement, and for improved utilization of the Physician Assistant in the delivery of high quality cost effective emergency medical care. The Fellowship is conducted primarily at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, California. This San Bernardino County facility serves as a Trauma and Burn Center to a large urban population with an annual census of over 130,000 patients providing an excellent opportunity for advanced Emergency Medical education.

The EMPA Fellowship centers on the patient as the most important part of our educational focus. Therefore, we are committed to providing a safe environment for our patients, providing consumer friendly service, and promoting the general health of the community. The EMPA Fellowship has modeled its curriculum from the American College of Emergency Physicians' Model of Clinical Practice and the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA) Standards for Postgraduate PA programs. The EMPA Fellowship maintains membership with the Association of Postgraduate Physician Assistant Programs (APPAP) and shall seek voluntary accreditation from the ARC-PA during its first year of enrollment in 2010.

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