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Program Overview

Yale Emergency Medicine offers a postgraduate training program for physician assistants and family nurse practitioners pursuing advanced education in Emergency Medicine. The intensive 18-month program offering a combination of didactic education and extensive clinical experience. You will have the opportunity to rotate through a wide spectrum of clinical settings, both within the emergency department and with a variety of other services within the hospital. Our program objective is to produce a skilled health care practitioner with a high degree of comfort managing the full spectrum of emergency department patients.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive a certificate of completion from the Yale University School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital. The program curriculum is designed such that PA graduates will be eligible upon completion to sit for the NCCPA Emergency Medicine Certificate of Added Qualification Exam.

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Didactic Curriculum

  • The first two weeks of the program will include an orientation to emergency medicine, including lectures and simulation training.
  • Five hours of weekly didactic conferences led by Yale Emergency Medicine faculty, including lectures, small-group programs, and simulation.
  • A variety of other conference opportunities during off-service rotations.
  • A dedicated month-long simulation rotation in the Yale Center for Medical Simulation.
  • Training and certification in ACLS, PALS, ATLS, and difficult airway management.
  • Attendance at the annual Society of Emergency Medicine PAs Conference
  • Primary program textbook: Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, 9th Ed.
  • Access to the Rosh Review emergency medicine question bank for self-directed study.
  • Trainees will sit for the SEMPA/Rosh Midterm Exam and Final Exam, a standardized exam used nationally by many postgraduate training programs. Performance will also be monitored through a variety of other methods including faculty evaluations, procedure logs and self-study question performance.