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Emergency Medicine Residency for the Physician Assistant (PA)

Program Description and Mission

The Department of Emergency Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center is pleased to offer an Emergency Medicine Residency for the Physician Assistant (PA) which we started in 2011.  Our Residency in Emergency Medicine is one of a few Emergency Medicine PA residencies offered in the nation and the first residency for Physician Assistants at New York Presbyterian Hospital.  We are a tertiary care center, approved for Trauma, Cardiac, Burn and Stroke care and treat over 80,000 Emergency Department patients annually.  Our department includes Emergency Medicine specialty services such as Toxicology, Wilderness Medicine, Geriatric Emergency Medicine, EM Ultrasound and a Global Emergency Medicine program.  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 our high caliber physician residents, board certified Emergency Medicine faculty, and veteran PAs and NPs in our Emergency Department. You will also rotate on various specialty services at New York Presbyterian Hospital and will work with attending physicians, physician residents, and physician assistants on those services.

The Department of Emergency Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center 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 physician assistants in Emergency Medicine by developing their skills in all aspects of emergency care.  Certification from this program will demonstrate education, training, experience and peer recognized excellence in Emergency Medicine.  Our Physician Assistant Residency graduates will be the future Physician Assistant leaders in Emergency Medicine  providing the highest level of clinical care while developing and implementing the expansion and practice of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants.

Clinical Rotations

The Physician Assistant Resident will rotate in the Weill Cornell Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments and on several off-service rotations over the 14 month Residency Program.  Many of these services already have Physician Assistants and/or Physician Assistant students as an integral part of the team.  The Physician Assistant Resident in Emergency Medicine will be supervised by Attending Physicians and senior Physician Assistants on each service.  The following are clinical rotations that are currently part of our Physician Assistant Residency curriculum.

  • Adult Emergency Department (28 weeks)
  • Pediatric Emergency Department (5 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (2 weeks)
  • Cardiothoracic ICU (4 weeks)
  • Orthopedics (4 weeks)
  • General Surgery (4 weeks)
  • Anesthesia (2 weeks)
  • ED Radiology (2 weeks)
  • Ophthalmology (1 week)
  • ED Elective option in Global Health, Toxicology, Wilderness Medicine, Geriatric EM, Emergency Medical Services (2 weeks)

    Vacation (3 weeks)

    Total - 14 months 

Didactic Curriculum

The Weill Cornell Emergency Medicine Residency provides comprehensive, evidence-based didactic teaching throughout the course of the EM PA Residency training. Didactic lectures and simulation sessions are integrated into each clinical rotation and schedules are created to maximize resident exposure to the multiple levels of learning that take place in our department. Under the guidance of our Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency Education Coordinator, Dr. Sam Senturia, students can rest assured they will receive an all-inclusive review of Emergency Medicine that they can apply at the bedside during their clinical experience. 

National Conference/Orientation Week

Residents are welcomed to our program by participating in a two-day national conference sponsored by the Weill Cornell Emergency Department. The conference consists of one Procedure-Oriented day and one Lecture Series day focused on cutting edge Emergency Medicine content. Residents will have the opportunity to learn procedures and hear lectures from experts within the department. Residents participate in both conference days free of charge. Visit our Conference Website for a review of our conference itinerary.

Following the Conference, Physician Assistant Residents partake in a dedicated, one-week Orientation. During this time, Residents will hear more basic, introductory lectures on Emergency Medicine topics, learn the computer system, and enhance their procedural skills. Sessions are taught by veteran Physician Assistants, Emergency Medicine Attending Faculty, and Senior EM medical residents. This week is designed to provide a foundation for the incoming Residents and ease them into their first clinical rotation, which marks the beginning of their 14-month training.  During the first two months residents also have the opportunity to update/take ATLS, PALS, ACLS, BLS through the Weill Cornell EMS training center as needed (advanced life support is a requirement to apply).  

Didactic Learning During Clinical Training Emergency Medicine Review Series

Each Physician Assistant Resident in Emergency Medicine will be required to attend all board review sessions (intended for MD residents) from November to February.  These are CME approved (26 hours total) sessions attended by  physician residents in Emergency Medicine, faculty, PA students, medical students, and advance practice providers (PA/NPs).   The review sessions are held on Tuesday evenings and are given by Board Certified Emergency Medicine faculty members.  Below is a list of the topics of lectures:

  • Orthopedic Emergencies
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Pulmonary Emergencies
  • Traumatic Disorders
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Toxicologic Emergencies
  • Metabolic, Immune and Endocrine Emergencies
  • Visual Diagnosis in Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Disease Emergencies
  • Hematologic-Oncology Emergencies
  • Renal-Urology Emergencies
  • Pediatric Emergencies
  • Dermatologic Emergencies
  • Abdominal/GI Emergencies
  • Ethics in Emergency Medicine
  • Eye and ENT Emergencies
  • Procedures and Administration in Emergency Medicine

Morning Report

When the physician assistant resident is rotating in the Emergency Department, he/she will be attending morning report each morning from 8am to 9am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and will be excused from clinical responsibilities during this time.  Morning report is given by a senior Emergency Medicine MD Resident and supervised by one of our EM faculty members.  The Morning reports usually consist of case-based presentation and discussion.

Weekly Emergency Medicine Conference

The Physician Assistant Resident in Emergency Medicine will be required to attend the weekly Physician Emergency Medicine Residency Conference that is held from 8am to 12-noon each Wednesday, and for 8 hours once monthly.  These conferences consist of core content lectures given by faculty, residents, and visiting Grand Rounds speakers from across the country.   The Physician Assistant rotating on selected off-service rotations will be excused from that rotation during the conference and will report to the rotation once conference is finished.  The Physician Assistant will receive two CME credits for each four hour conference he/she attends.

Monthly ED Physician Assistant Staff Meeting

The Physician Assistant Resident in Emergency Medicine will be required to attend all monthly ED PA Staff meetings. These meeting will consist of 1-2 lectures on various topics in Emergency Medicine given by faculty, residents, or Physician Assistants in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  The PA Resident will also have the opportunity to participate in any administrative decisions pertaining to the operations of the Physician Assistant Initiative in the Emergency Department.


Simulation is an integral part of our educational mission for the Department of Emergency Medicine.  The Physician Assistant Resident in Emergency Medicine will have the opportunity to attend each simulation conference that is held once a month at the Weill Cornell Medical College Clinical Skills Center.  These conferences are held throughout the year as part of the Wednesday Conference curriculum. There will also be opportunities to be involved in simulation sessions that are held in the Weill Cornell Medical College Physician Assistant Program.

Quarterly Take-Home, Self-Assessment Exams

Four exams will be distributed over the course of the 14-month training that Residents will be able to take home and complete in an "open-book" format over 7-10 days. The exams cover all core content areas of Emergency Medicine training and are meant to direct and impel the Resident's reading during their otherwise busy clinical and academic schedule. Once submitted, the exams will be graded by Residency Leadership and a Review Session will be held going over each exam in its entirety. We have received excellent feedback from our residents stating the exams were a useful and comprehensive review of didactic materials during past classes.

Prerequisites and Applying

Admission Criteria

The following are the requirements for applying to our Residency Program:

  • EM PA Residency Initial Application
  • Degree from an accredited physician assistant program 
  • Current NCCPA certification (by start of residency) 
  • New York State license
  • Three letters of recommendation (one must be from PA program director)  
  • GPA of 3.5 or better in PA school 
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Personal interview 
  • Personal statement
  • ACLS, PALS, and BLS certification prior to starting (ATLS optional) 
  • PA school transcripts 
  • Application fee of $40 (payable to NYP-WC Dept. of Emergency Medicine)

Application Process

We accept four (4) Residents to each class. 

We start accepting applications in January and do so on a rolling basis until the end of March/First week April for the class which begins during the same calendar year. ?If needs be, you may email application materials and scanned recommendations to the emails below (please use both). 

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

Applicants will then be selected to join us for an interview day with guided tours of our facilities and ample opportunities to greet the staff and ask questions. Interviews typically take place over May and June, with a goal of informing the incoming class of our final decisions by July. 

New EMPA residents matriculate in November (beginning with conference and Orientation week) and Graduation will occur at the completion of the 14-month training (typically the first week in January).  

For any further questions regarding the Weill Cornell Emergency Department Physician Assistant Residency, you may contact any of the following:

Weill Cornell Emergency Department: (212)-746-0780

Jennine McAuley, PA-C, EM PA Associate Residency Director:

We very much look forward to hearing from you and working with you in the future. Thank you for your interest in our program!

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