The Vituity EMPA Fellowship at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center provides clinical and didactic instruction. The curriculum is structured on:

  • American College of Emergency Physicians' (ACEP) Model of Clinical Practice
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) Standards for Clinical Postgraduate PA Programs
  • Off-site rotations: EMS Experience, Diabetic Youth Camp, and Correctional Facilities

Didactic Instruction

The didactic segment of the fellowship includes four hours each week of formal training and discussion. We encourage feedback and interaction from all fellows.

Elements include:

  • Board Rounds: A 30-minute weekly lecture held at 6:45 a.m. with EM attending physicians and residents
  • Journal Club: Held quarterly. Fellows are assigned an article to present.
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference (M&M): Interesting and pedagogical cases are reviewed and discussed in a confidential forum
  • Grand Rounds Conference: EMPA fellows present cases with emphasis on disease process and treatment rendered
  • Certifications: All fellows take the certification courses for Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and complete the California-Approved Controlled Substance Course

Clinical Practicum

The clinical practicum focuses on hands-on training. Rotations include 42 weeks in emergency medicine, including emergency ultrasonography. During the EM rotations, Fellows are closely supervised by a team of NCCPA- certified physician assistants as well as board-certified or board-eligible emergency physicians.

In addition, fellows complete three-week rotations in:

  • Pediatrics
  • Internal medicine, including one week offsite at a pediatric diabetes camp
  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Obstetrics/gynecology
  • Prehospital emergency medical services