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Emergency Medicine Postgraduate Physician Assistant Program

Emergency Medicine Postgraduate Program for New Graduates and Experienced PAs

Didactic and Clinical Training in Emergency Medicine

Intensive 13-month program

Gain Skills to Become a Competent Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant

Supervised Training in a Level 1 Adult and Pediatric Trauma

About the Program

About the Program

The Emergency Medicine Postgraduate PA Program is an intensive 13-month program that provides didactic and clinical training in emergency medicine to prepare the graduate to start a career with the skills they need to be a competent emergency medicine physician assistant. Trainees will practice alongside established Advanced Practice Providers and emergency medicine residents at Hennepin in our Level 1 Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center under the supervision of our outstanding emergency medicine faculty as well as gain additional experience pertinent to emergency medicine through off-service rotations. Our inaugural postgraduate PA class started March 2022.

Upon completion of all requirements of the program graduates will be awarded a certificate of completion and will have fulfilled most of the clinical requirements for the EM CAQ (Certification of Added Qualifications in Emergency Medicine) while also providing the didactic training to take the exam.

The program will seek membership through the Association of Postgraduate PA Programs and accreditation through ARC-PA.

Salary and Benefits

  • PGY-1 Salary
  • Medical insurance
  • Parking contract
  • 3 weeks paid time off (covers vacation and sick time)

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  • Weekly didactic time spent in lecture and discussion on emergency medicine core content topics
  • APP-specific educational lectures and skills experiences
  • Procedure Labs
  • ACLS renewal, ATLS, PALS


  • Rotations in emergency medicine at Hennepin with dedicated point-of-care ultrasound and procedure time
  • Off-service rotations in MICU, EMS, ENT, OMFS, ophthalmology, pediatrics, anesthesia as well as shorter experiences in Hyperbaric Medicine, Radiology, and Burn Surgery.

The schedule will be similar to a PGY-1 EM resident with rotating day, evening, overnight, weekend, and holiday shifts as well as on-call shifts with, on average, 45-50 hours of clinical time per week in addition to didactic experiences

Application Requirements

Application and Process

Applications for the 2024-2025 cohort that starts Spring 2024 will be accepted May 1st, 2023-September 15th, 2023.

New grads as well as experienced physician assistants will be considered.


  • Degree from master’s level physician assistant program accredited by ARC-PA (graduation at least 3-4 months before program start date)
  • Current NCCPA certification (by the start date of program)
  • Minnesota state license or completed with 3 months prior to start date
  • Current DEA or eligible
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) from PA program
  • 2 letters of recommendation (should include supervisor, professor, and/or preceptor)
  • ACLS certification
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Supplemental Application - send to [email protected] or in paper form to address below:
    • An essay in Microsoft Word document explaining why you are interested in pursuing postgraduate education in emergency medicine and why Hennepin stands out to you.
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation (can be sent directly from the reference to our email to maintain confidentiality). Should include supervisor, professor, and/or preceptor
    • Transcripts from PA program - can be sent via email or to address below:
    • Application Fee, $50 check payable to:
      Hennepin Healthcare
      APP Professional Center Attn: Emily Mason
      Red Building 7th floor (R7.202)
      701 Park Avenue
      Minneapolis, MN 55415

Applications will be reviewed once the application fee, supplemental and online applications, and professional references are received.


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Program Leadership

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Laura Schrag, MD

Medical Director

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Emily Mason

Program Manager

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Ashley Koskiniemi, PA-C

Program Director

Kendra Hoyt, PA-C

Assistant Program Director