Gundersen Health System's Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship Program


Gundersen has a rich history of medical education, and its leadership is dedicated to supporting the training of future clinicians. The 18-month PA fellowship is based in La Crosse, Wis., at Gundersen's Level II Trauma Center and Emergency Services department. Didactic sessions are taught by board-certified emergency physicians and PAs in the department, with additional guest specialty lecturers. Procedural training is conducted at Gundersen's Integrated Center for Education. Additional experiences will include rotations through Gundersen's affiliated Critical Access Hospital Emergency Services departments, EMS experience with our GundersenAIR and Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance, and airway management with anesthesiology providers.

Our goal is to train motivated PAs to become skilled, knowledgeable, compassionate emergency medicine providers able to operate with a high level of autonomy in regional and urban emergency departments.

Inception Date: 2018

Curriculum: 4 hours weekly of didactic and simulation lab training modeled in accordance with SEMPA guidelines

Clinical Rotations:

  • Fellows will work 48 hours per week while in the La Crosse, Wis., Emergency Services department
  • 10-15 % of time will be spent in one or two Gundersen-affiliated CriticalAccess Hospitals
  • Longitudinal trauma exposure with two shifts per month for the first 12 months (24 shifts total)
  • Two weeks training in the Anesthesiology Department
  • Annual in-house emergency ultrasound course
  • Optional EMS elective

Program Length: 18 months 

Class Size: 2

Class start dates: Summer 2019

Credential: Certificate from program, NCCPA CAQ in Emergency Medicine, ATLS, BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP certifications

Stipend: $59,500 first year / $61,500 second year

Benefits: Health/dental insurance; liability insurance; CME package; housing assistance

CME: Included

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