The purpose of the Army/ Air Force-Baylor DScPAS-EM degree/residency is to provide Army/ Air Force Physician Assistants an opportunity to develop advanced competencies in Emergency Medicine while they participate in evidence based clinical management of a wide variety of critical illnesses and injuries at a military treatment facility (MTF) and local hospitals. Learning to stabilize critically ill or injured patients in the emergency room utilizes the same skills and goals as stabilizing ill and injured warfighters on the battlefield. This knowledge and experience is what makes the Residency invaluable to any military Physician Assistant. More importantly, this same knowledge and experience distinguishes the Emergency Medicine trained PA as invaluable to supervising physicians, commanders and their units.
The eighteen-month Residency is modeled after the three-year Emergency Medicine Physician Residency. The Army/ Air Force-Baylor DScPAS-EM Residency research focus is culminated by successful defense of an original research project and manuscript, in addition to assisting with ongoing EM Resident and EM staff design and projects. The Residents develop advanced clinical competencies in Emergency Medicine as they work under the guidance of EM DSc PA faculty and board certified Emergency Medicine Physicians with extensive Emergency Medicine experience. They also experience a wide range of educational opportunities while working with trauma surgeons, pediatric EM providers, internists, anesthesiologists, and additional specialty physicians and PAs.
The Residency curriculum includes several structured learning opportunities such as participation in didactic class work, research, lectures, in-services, examinations, oral boards, teaching conferences, clinical rotations, journal club and/or case presentations. The curriculum is designed to provide each resident a broad base of knowledge in emergency medicine.