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Navy PA Graduate Training: Emergency Medicine

Navy Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants

Recording of EMPA Fellowship brief 2022 (must be logged in to view):

EMPA Fellowship 2020 Brief: 

Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship Brochure 2015

Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship Brief FY15

Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship Brief FY14

Develop the Mastery of Resuscitation

  • The Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship has been established to produce Physician Assistants formally trained in the specialty of emergency medicine, providing services to various elements of the operational forces and the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
  • Current Navy Physician Assistants may apply.
  • The EMPA fellowship program mirrors the first 18 months of NMCSD EMED physician residency.
  • It follows an ACGME  program without the need to develop new academic, clinical, or procedural guidelines.
  • 4 Fellows per year, 18 month program.
    • Junior (first 12 months)
    • Senior (last 6 months)

Common Characteristics of Selectees:

  • Naval Officer:
    • Proven leadership
    • Performing above current rank
    • Competitive Fitness Reports
    • Leader of officers
    • Multi-tasking capable
    • Sound performance during deployment
    • LTJG and above
  • Physician Assistant:
    • Strong clinical acumen
    • Academically competitive in undergraduate/PA School program
    • >= 3 years of practice at time of starting school
    • Scholarly contribution


18 month program of instruction that emphasizes the practical development of specialized knowledge and clinical skills in Emergency Medicine.
PA Fellows rotate through various areas, including:

  • Emergency Medicine, NMCSD, 16 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine (Pediatric), Rady, 4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine, Mercy, 8 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine, Pioneer’s (Brawley), 4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine, El Centro, 4 weeks
  • CT, NMCSD, 2 weeks
  • Ultrasound, NMCSD, 2 weeks
  • Anesthesia, Camp Pendleton, 4 weeks
  • Trauma, Mercy, 8 weeks
  • ICU/CCU, Scripps Green, 4 weeks
  • OB/GYN, NMCSD, 2 weeks
  • Burn Management, UCSD, 3 weeks
  • Toxicology, UCSD, 4 weeks
  • Ophthalmology, NMCSD, 2 weeks


  • Same as PGY-2/3
  • Initial 2 weeks Emergency Medicine Introduction
    • Lectures
    • Procedure Lab
    • Simulation Lab
  • Weekly Conferences
    • Lectures
    • Rosen’s Text Review – 9th Edition October 2019
    • Grand Rounds
  • Scholarly Activity
    • Research
    • Case Report
    • Journal Article
  • Monthly Simulator Laboratory (SIM LAB)
  • Supplemental Planned Educational Activities
    • Social Work
    • EMS
    • Tactical Medicine
    • ABLS
    • FCCS
  • Asynchronous learning
    • Podcasts, ALiEMU
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Vivarium
  • Cadaver Lab

For additional information, see the documents linked above

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