Physician Assistant Residency

The Department of Emergency Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell offers a 12-month post-graduate program for the Physician Assistant that will prepare the candidate for a successful career in both academic and community Emergency Medicine (EM). Residents in the program work with experienced EM attending physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, Physician residents, and Nurse Practitioner residents who are leaders in EM education and clinical practice. Well-prepared candidates have demonstrated a strong interest in the field in addition to a solid academic record. Applications are due the year of the commencing class.

Description

The Department of Emergency Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medicine is pleased to offer an Emergency Medicine Residency for the Physician Assistant. Incorporated in 2011, it was the first residency for Physician Assistants at New York Presbyterian Hospital. We are a tertiary care medical center approved for Trauma, Cardiac, Burn and Stroke care, and treat over 80,000 Emergency Department patients annually. We have specialty services including Toxicology, Geriatric Emergency Medicine, EM Ultrasound, and Tele-Medicine. Our faculty and residents conduct clinical research, sit on several national committees, publish numerous articles and chapters, and present at national conferences. As a Physician Assistant Resident in Emergency Medicine, you will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from our high caliber physician residents, board certified Emergency Medicine faculty, and experienced PAs and NPs in our Emergency Department.

Overview

Our department is committed to providing the highest quality medical care to our patients and an excellent education to our trainees.  Our Physician Assistant Emergency Medicine Residency will prepare residents to become highly competent clinicians by developing their skills in all core aspects of emergency care. The residency encompasses approximately 3,000 clinical hours of patient contact over 12 months, starting each year in November. Clinical rotations take place in the adult and pediatric emergency departments as well as various medical and surgical specialties. The rotation schedule is designed to provide the Physician Assistant a solid foundation in the clinical skills, knowledge, and procedures relevant to emergency medicine.  Graduates of this program are known for their leadership abilities as well as for providing the highest level of clinical care that will always belong to our robust alumni base. 

During rotations in the ED, the Physician Assistant resident will evaluate and treat patients under the direct supervision of attending physicians as well as veteran Advanced Practice Providers (APPs).  This close relationship provides an outstanding forum to learn from the impressive diversity and complexity of medical conditions presenting to the ED. Physician Assistant residents also work alongside physician residents and Nurse Practitioner residents in the Emergency Department in a collegiate environment. During rotations away from the ED, Physician Assistant residents work under the supervision of both physicians and other advanced practice providers. 

The faculty at WCM Emergency Medicine is renowned for their accomplishments in education and research. Areas of special interest and expertise include global emergency medicine, toxicology, geriatric emergency medicine, wilderness and environmental medicine, emergency department administration, clinical and basic science research, and medical education and simulation. The Physician Assistant is invited to explore such areas based on personal interest.  

The Physician Assistant residency in Emergency Medicine currently accepts 4 candidates each year through a competitive application process.  Board certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required prior to beginning the residency if selected. 

Curriculum Overview and Application

Residents will rotate in the Adult Emergency Department at both the Weill Cornell and Lower Manhattan campuses, the Pediatric Emergency Department, and several off-service rotations. We will incorporate didactic learning and hands-on skills as well as utilize our Simulation center. Our residents will participate in a separate Airway course, Ultrasound course, and the National Conference our department hosts annually.

The current rotation calendar for the Physician Assistant Residency in Emergency Medicine is described below.  The calendar encompasses approximately 3,000 clinical hours over 12 months, starting each November.

Orientation2 weeks
Adult Emergency Department28 weeks
Pediatric Emergency Department4 weeks
Cardiac ICU3 weeks
Surgical ICU3 weeks
Burn ICU2 weeks
Orthopedics2 weeks
Anesthesia2 weeks
Opthalmology1 week
Radiology1 week
Elective1 week
Vacation3 weeks
Total52 weeks

Applicant Requirements

  • Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency Initial Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Degree from an accredited Physician Assistant program
  • Physician Assistant school transcripts with a GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a program director)
  • Current NCCPA certification (by start of residency)
  • New York State license (by start of residency)
  • ACLS, PALS, and BLS certification prior to starting (ATLS optional) 
  • Application fee of $40 

Didactics

The majority of learning throughout the residency program is clinically based and at the bedside, under the supervision of both physicians and senior advanced practice providers. Post-shift, the Physician Assistant should read independently to learn more about the specific diseases and patient presentations encountered that day. Supplementing this clinical experience is an evidence-based, didactic curriculum integrated into each clinical rotation. 

The residency begins with a classroom and simulation lab-based orientation, which introduces the Emergency Department’s electronic medical record, operating procedures, and workflow. Lectures and hands-on sessions cover fundamental emergency medicine topics such as splinting, suturing, EKG interpretation, and approach to the medical and surgical conditions commonly seen in the ED. The opportunity to obtain Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) as well as the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) course certification is also offered at this time. 

During clinical rotations in the Emergency Department, the Physician Assistant resident is required to attend our morning report session and weekly conference series in emergency medicine.  Speakers include faculty from the medical colleges of both Cornell and Columbia University, as well as distinguished faculty from other medical centers (Grand Rounds). During rotations away from the ED, the Physician Assistant resident may also be required to attend conferences sponsored by the host department. 

Resident specific meetings are conducted once a month.  During these meetings, each resident will have an opportunity to present a case in the style of the department morning report.  Procedural skills are emphasized during regular hands-on training sessions in our state-of-the-art medical simulation lab, as well as multi-day courses on Advanced Airway Skills and Point-of-Care Emergency Ultrasonography. 

In-Service Board Review

In-service exams will be conducted over the course of the 12-month program that residents will be required to participate in.  The content of these exams cover foundations in Emergency Medicine for the Physician Assistant. Each exam is proctored and meant to promote resident competency in all aspects of this field.  

Benefits and Salary

Physician Assistant residents are staff associates employed by Weill Cornell Medicine with clinical appointments at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. For the 2020-2021 cycle, the residency stipend was $55,000 per year, with medical, dental, and vision benefits, paid vacation, as well as $750 for CME expenses. On-campus housing and parking are offered but subject to availability. Each resident is expected to work a fair share of day, evening, night, and weekend shifts, as well as legal and religious holidays. 

 

FAQs

The application process opens each year in January and forms are due by March 1st. Interviews typically take place over late March and early April with the program beginning in November.

We accept four (4) Residents to each class.

Our program follows the national standards set forth by the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants for post graduate programs.  

On average, our residents work 12-hour shifts, covering 4-5 shifts while in the Emergency Department. Hour requirements can vary during off service rotations.

Residency Director Contact Information

Wojciech Piechowski, PA-C
Residency Director
wop9003@med.cornell.edu

Nathan Brown, PA-C
Education Coordinator, Nurse Practitioner & Physician Assistant Residency Programs in Emergency Medicine
nab9152@med.cornell.edu  

Direct all general residency questions or concerns to empa_residency@med.cornell.edu    

New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center
Physician Assistant Residency in Emergency Medicine
Attn: Admissions Committee
Department of Emergency Medicine, M-130
525 E. 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

Mailing Address
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Weill Cornell Medical Center
Weill Department of Medicine
525 E. 68th St., Box 179
New York, NY 10065

Office of the Chairman
525 E. 68th St., M-130
New York, NY 10065
(212) 746-0780

Residency Office
530 E. 70th St., M-124c
New York, NY 10021
(212) 746-0892
mup4002@med.cornell.edu

Research Office
525 E. 68th St., M-130
New York, NY 10065
EMResearch@med.cornell.edu

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