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Emergency Medicine Postgraduate Physician Assistant Program

Postgraduate program for new-grad and experienced PAs to gain skills in emergency medicine

First class starts March 2022

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 will provide 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 PAs 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. The first two postgraduate PAs for the program will be selected in fall 2021 and will start the program in 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
  • Free parking
  • 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, toxicology, EMS, ENT/OMFS, ophthalmology, pediatrics, anesthesia 

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, 40-50 hours of clinical time per week in addition to didactic experiences

Application Requirements

Application and Process

Applications are accepted through the Hennepin Careers website in June and July.

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
  • Official Transcripts from PA program
  • 3 letters of recommendation (should include supervisor, professor, and/or preceptor)
  • Copy of ACLS certification
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Supplemental Application - Send an essay in Microsoft Word document to [email protected] explaining why you are interested in pursuing postgraduate education in emergency medicine and why Hennepin stands out to you
  • Application Fee, $50 check payable to:
    HCMC EM Postgrad PA Program
    APP Professional Center
    730 South 8th Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55415

Applications will be reviewed once the application fee, supplemental and online applications, and professional references are received. Those selected will be asked to interview during the summer with final selection in the fall of 2021. Offers would be contingent upon completion of all application requirements, background checks, and the credentialing process prior to the program start date.


[email protected]

Program Leadership

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Laura Schrag, MD

Medical Director

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Emily Mason

Program Manager

Ashley Koskiniemi, PA

Program Director

Anna Heitz, PA

Assistant Program Director

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