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PA Postgraduate Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency

Introduction | Curriculum Outline | Affiliations | Timetable | Entry Requirements | Credentials Awarded | Financial Information | Faculty | Application and Contact

PA Postgraduate Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency

Introduction

The Emory Physician Assistant (PA) Postgraduate Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency Program is an intensive one-year educational program that accepts one PA resident annually to start in January of each calendar year. The program is in affiliation with the Emory University School of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program, and is comprised of didactic and clinical curriculums occurring concomitantly. The intent of the program is to augment the PA's primary training by providing advanced clinical and didactic training in cardiothoracic surgery. The didactic portion is delivered via Blackboard, Emory's web-based learning management system, and includes pre-recorded lectures, scheduled readings, and PowerPoint presentations with subsequent written examinations. Additionally, PA residents will attend various clinical conferences, monthly grand rounds, and weekly lecture series with the cardiothoracic surgical fellows.

The program is based out of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA, with an additional rotation at Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital. PA residents will have exposure to aorta, coronary, and valve surgeries; heart transplant and ventricular assist devices; and topics in critical care medicine and perfusion medicine. The Emory Clinic's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is nationally recognized and performs over 2,200 adult cardiac cases, 900 thoracic cases, and 800 congenital heart cases annually. The PA residency program has been created in accordance with the published Accreditation Standards for Clinical Postgraduate PA Programs by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), with anticipated application for accreditation in the summer of 2015.

Curriculum Outline

The didactic curriculum is a combination of both live lectures and conferences as well as a core, web-based program of study delivered by Blackboard that provides previously recorded video lectures complemented by reading assignments, PowerPoint presentations, and written examinations. Content encompasses topics in cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology, thoracic surgery, critical care management, and analyses of the advanced surgical techniques associated with the treatment of coronary athererosclerosis, cardiac valvular disease, heart failure, and thoracic aortic diseases. The goal of the didactic curriculum is to provide PA residents with a solid foundation of fundamentals that can support the development of their clinical acumen in the care of the cardiothoracic surgical patient.

The clinical curriculum works in concert with the didactic curriculum, with strategically placed rotations in the (three) Emory facilities that allow the PA resident exposure to various cardiothoracic surgical procedures. These include coronary artery bypass, aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair/replacement, thoracic aortic replacement, heart transplant, ventricular assist device placement, and congenital heart surgery. In addition, residents have an opportunity to take elective rotations in critical care medicine in the cardiothoracic ICU at Emory University Hospital, as well as an elective in perfusion medicine at both Emory campuses. PA residents are expected to perform daily rounds, present patients articulately and accurately, present and implement the plan of care, give educational presentations to PA and RN staff, perform invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and participate and become proficient in all surgical aspects of the intraoperative care of the cardiothoracic surgical patient. The goal of the clinical curriculum is to foster and instruct the PA resident so they may develop proficient clinical skills in the pre, peri, and post-operative care of the cardiothoracic surgical patient.

University and Institutional Affiliations

Emory University School of Medicine: The Emory PA Postgraduate Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency is affiliated with the Physician Assistant Program of the Emory University School of Medicine.

Emory University Hospital Midtown: A 511-bed community-based, tertiary care center in midtown Atlanta, Emory University Hospital Midtown is staffed by 1,126 Emory School of Medicine faculty and 433 private practice physicians. The hospital is well known for services in cardiology, cardiac surgery, gastroenterology, and emergency medicine.

Emory University Hospital: A 579-bed acute care facility, Emory University Hospital is ranked one of "America's Best Hospitals" and is staffed exclusively by School of Medicine faculty who also are members of The Emory Clinic. The hospital is renowned as one of the nation's leaders in cardiology and cardiac surgery, orthopaedics, oncology, heart and lung transplantation, and the neurosciences.

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital: Located in the north metro area, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital is a 410-bed acute care facility with 211 Emory School of Medicine faculty physicians, 620 private practice physicians, and 63 Emory Specialty Associate physicians. Noted especially for cardiac care, the hospital also offers neurologic, vascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, orthopaedic, and cancer care, among other specialties. ESJH is a "Magnet" hospital, recognized for its nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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Timetable

 Event

 January Start

 Application Deadline

 June 15

 Interview Notification

 July 1

 Interview Dates

 Last week of July

 Selection Notification

 2nd week of August

 Commitment to Program

 September 1

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Entry Requirements

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Applicants must be graduates of an ARC-PA accredited physician assistant program with a minimum of a 3.2 overall GPA.

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Applicants must obtain Georgia licensure upon acceptance into the program and undergo a pre-employment background check.

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Applicants must be NCCPA eligible or certified. New graduates accepted into the program are required to pass the NCCPA certification examination prior to matriculating into the residency program.

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Applicants must hold current Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.

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Applicants must demonstrate a sincere and well-articulated desire to enter Cardiothoracic Surgery.

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Applicants must appear in person for an interview.

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Credentials Awarded

Upon successful completion of the residency program, the PA resident will be awarded a Certificate of Completion signed by the Program Director, Medical Director, and the Chair of the Department of Surgery.

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Financial Information

Annual Stipend: $60,000

Benefits: PA residents are eligible for the full and comprehensive benefits package afforded to all full-time PAs employed by The Emory Clinic, Inc., including medical, dental, and life insurance, retirement plan, educational reimbursement, disability, child and elder care, and comprehensive leave time. The residency program also provides the PA resident with all educational materials including textbooks, handouts, and internet access while in an Emory facility. The PA resident is also allowed full access to Emory University library facilities and is provided with surgical loupes, and lab coats.

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Faculty

Scott Thomas Clarke, MMSc, PA-C
Interim Program Director
Clinical Instructor, Emory University School of Medicine, Physician Assistant Division
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA 30308

Keith E. Causey, PA-C
Associate Program Director
Clinical Director
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University Hospital Midtown
Atlanta, GA 30308

Robert A. Guyton, MD
Medical Advisor
Charles Ross Hatcher, Jr., Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University Hospital Atlanta, GA 30322

Gene Coughlin, MMSc, PA-C
Clinical Instructor
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University Hospital Midtown
Atlanta, GA 30308

Dan Weiland, MMSc, PA-C
Clinical Instructor
Chief PA, Emory University Hospital
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Atlanta, GA 30322

Jamie Ackerman, MMSc, PA-C
Clinical Instructor
Chief PA, Emory University Hospital Midtown
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Atlanta, GA 30308

Jason Washington, MMSc, PA-C
Clinical Instructor
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Atlanta, GA 30308

Diane Bailey, PA-C
Clinical Instructor
Critical Care Medicine, Emory University Hospital 
Atlanta, GA 30322

Norman Reichwald, PA-C
Clinical Instructor
Critical Care Medicine, Emory University Hospital
Atlanta, GA 30322

W. Robert Grabenkort, MMSc, PA-C
Clinical Instructor
Program Co-Director, Emory Center for Critical Care NP/PA Post Graduate Residency
Critical Care Medicine, Emory University Hosptial
Atlanta, GA 30322

Damon R. Denzin, MMSc, PA-C
Clinical Instructor

Chief PA, WellStar Kennestone Hospital
Marietta, GA 30060

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Application and Contact

To expedite the application process, please fill out the writable PDF application and click the submit button (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to open PDF files). If you do not currently use an email application such as Microsoft Outlook, Eudora, or Mail, you may be prompted to save the form and email it as an attachment to Patty Joy, administrative assistant for the residency, at patty.joy@emoryhealthcare.org.

Applications and supporting documentation can also be snail-mailed to:

Emory PA Postgraduate Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency Program
Attn. Patty Joy: Administrative Coordinator
Emory University Hospital Midtown
550 Peachtree Street
6th Floor Medical Office Tower
Atlanta, GA 30308

Tel. 678.640.6048
Fax: 404.686.4959

Please email any questions about the program to Scott Clarke, Program Director, at scott.clarke@emoryhealthcare.org.

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