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Surgical PA Residency Program

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

PA Postgraduate Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency

Introduction

Emory University's one-year Surgical Physician Assistant (PA) Residency Program involves all aspects of perioperative patient care for those seeking advanced training and experience in surgery. The PA residency is designed to build extensive surgical and patient management skills that will propel graduates into successful future careers in both academic and private practice settings. The first six-month block of core rotations will acquaint PA residents with general and specialty surgery fields, followed by six more months of elective rotations directed towards personal interests and career goals. Clinical experiences will be reinforced by a daily didactic curriculum provided via live and web based lectures, multidisciplinary rounds, weekly conferences, and simulation labs.

Curriculum Outline

The didactic curriculum consists of live lectures, conferences, and a core, web-based program of study delivered by Blackboard—Emory's web-based learning management system—that provides video lectures complemented by reading assignments, PowerPoint presentations, and written examinations. Content encompasses topics in general surgery, vascular surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, trauma and critical care, and surgical oncology. Transplantation medicine and the management of transplant patients will also be covered. The curriculum is founded on the backbone of the Surgical Council on Resident Education and aims to provide PA residents with a solid network of fundamentals that can support the development of their clinical acumen in the care of the surgical patient.

The clinical curriculum works in concert with the didactic component and features strategically placed rotations in outpatient, inpatient, and operative settings at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Grady Memorial Hospital. The breadth of the clinical experiences offered by the Emory Department of Surgery will be leveraged to the benefit of the PA resident. In addition, the latter six months of the program allow the resident to focus on the disciplines that they plan on pursuing professionally. Unlike what many trainees routinely experience, this phase can serve as a "transition to practice" or a time of preparation for independent clinical activity. PA residents are expected to perform daily rounds; present patients articulately and accurately; describe and implement treatment plans; give educational presentations to physician, PA, and RN staff; perform invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures; and participate and become proficient in all surgical aspects of the perioperative care of the 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 surgical patient.

University and Institutional Affiliations

Emory University Hospital Midtown: A 511-bed community-based, tertiary care center, Emory University Hospital Midtown is staffed by 600 Emory medical faculty and 800 community physicians. The hospital is well known for services in cardiology, cardiac surgery, gastroenterology, and emergency medicine. EUH-Midtown offers comprehensive exposure to all aspects of general and oncologic surgery, with a focus on laparoscopy and bariatric procedures.

Emory University Hospital: A 587-bed acute care facility, Emory University Hospital is ranked one of "America's Best Hospitals" and is staffed exclusively by Emory School of Medicine faculty who also are members of The Emory Clinic. The hospital is renowned as one of the nation's leaders in quality and was ranked #2 among participating hospitals in the 2013 UHC Quality Leadership Awards.

Grady Memorial Hospital: One of the largest public hospitals in the Southeast, Grady Memorial Hospital has 953 beds and an annual service volume of 26,840 admissions and 560,000 outpatient services. Five hundred and thirty nine Emory medical faculty and 362 Emory residents and fellows provide about 85% of care at Grady, with the other 15% provided by Morehouse School of Medicine.

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Timetable

 Event

 February Start

 August Start

 Application Deadline

 November 15

 May 15

 Interview Notification

 Rolling

 Rolling

 Interview Dates

 First week of December

 First week of June

 Selection Notification

 Second week of December

 Second week of June

 Commitment to Program

 December 31

 June 30

 Start Date

 February 1

 August 1

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Entry Requirements

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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: $52,000

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, 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 given full access to Emory University library facilities and provided with surgical loupes, lab coats, and reimbursement for professional organizational fees.

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Faculty

John F. Sweeney, MD
W. Dean Warren Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Interim Chair
Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine

Keith A. Delman, MD
Carlos Professor of Surgical Anatomy and Technique
Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine

Margi McKellar, MS PA-C
Physician Assistant, Surgical Oncology and Dermatology
Melanoma Patient Coordinator
Emory Winship Cancer Institute

Kimberly S. Watson
Administrative Assistant
Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery
Winship Cancer Institute
Emory University School of Medicine

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Application and Contact

To expedite the application process, please fill out the writable PDF application (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to open PDF files), save it, and send as an attachment to Kimberly Watson, administrative assistant for the residency, at kimberly.watson@emory.edu. Any required supporting documentation is described in the application.

Applications and supporting documentation can also be regular mailed to:

Emory Surgical PA Residency Program
Emory University Hospital
1364 Clifton Road NE, Room H-126
Atlanta, GA 30322
Tel. 404.778-1903
Fax 404.778-4490

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