Physician Assistant Post Graduate Training

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency is an 18-month program that strives to equip physician assistants with the clinical experiences and didactic teaching that will enable them to practice high-quality, evidence based emergency medicine. Our graduates will have comfort and competence in the care of critically ill patients, the broad scope of emergent presentations, and the skills necessary to be leaders in their profession.
We strive to recruit PA’s who are advocates for their patients, tireless learners, and enthusiastic about working in a multi-disciplinary healthcare team. We admit two residents per year for the program to begin in late June.

Application opens October 1, 2019 and closes January 15, 2020. Interviews will take place late February 2020. Program to begin June 2020.

  • 82-bed emergency department (>80,000 visits annually)
  • New Mexico’s only Level I Trauma Center and only Children’s Hospital
  • Tertiary Referral Center
  • World class faculty specializing in EM Education, EMS, Pediatric EM, Wilderness Med, Disaster Med, and EM/Critical Care
  • High-acuity patient population (trauma and medicine) with high admit rate

Our curriculum blends didactic and clinical experience across the spectrum of emergency medicine and associated service lines to give PA residents a tremendous breadth and depth of clinical knowledge. The 18-month program is split into nineteen 4-week training blocks, and begins with a dedicated orientation month predominantly shared with the incoming EM physician interns. Weekly conference time is provided throughout the program with weekly 5 hour didactic conferences, with one conferences per month being simulation focused. PA specific education is given bi-monthly by the EMPA Program Director and/or Medical Director.

Our curriculum highlights the strengths of our Emergency Department. PA residents are exposed to critically ill patients in our high acuity level I trauma center in the main ED, they participate in two ICU rotations, and have a dedicated month in our Emergency Department Resuscitation Unit. PA residents have the opportunity to pursue elective time with our world class faculty in EMS, Wilderness Medicine, education and research. We aim to fulfill the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants Postgraduate Training and Practice Guidelines.

  • Orientation (4)
  • Main Emergency Department (32)
  • Pediatric Emergency Department (8)
  • Emergency Department Resuscitation Unit  (4)
  • Orthopedics (4)
  • Cardiology (4)
  • Combined Anesthesia/Ultrasound rotation (4)
  • Medical ICU (4)
  • Trauma or Neuro ICU (4)
  • OB/GYN (2)
  • Toxicology (2)
  • Elective time (8)
  • *(Rotation length in weeks)
  • $57,000 in pay per year
  • Paid vacation (up to 6 weeks for duration of program)
  • Choice of health insurance plans (60% employer paid)
  • $500 CME allowance with paid travel to SEMPA conference
  • Retirement Contribution
  • SEMPA membership paid, ECG weekly paid, Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine and Robert’s and Hedges Procedures.
  • Albuquerque, NM (pop. ~ 845,000)
  • 70 miles south of Santa, Fe in the heart of “the Land of Enchantment”
  • Great skiing, biking and varied outdoor opportunities 
  • Multicultural city known for its delicious cuisine and diverse history
  • Graduation from an ARC-PA accredited program by May 31st on the year of matriculation. Exception may be made for UNM applicants on a case by case basis
  • NCCPA certified/eligible
  • NM State license/eligible
  • Strong interest in Emergency Medicine
  • Application, essays, application fee