January 30 is National EMPA Day!

SEMPA is proud to proclaim January 30th as National EMPA Day!!


The Society of Emergency Medicine PAs understands the importance of recognizing the hard work of all EMPAs, and dedicating this day to our profession is another way to remind everyone how vital EMPAs are to emergency medicine.

January 30th is the day SEMPA was founded in 1990 and is therefore the perfect day to recognize the progress and strength of the EMPA profession. Emergency Medicine PAs play an indispensable role in providing high-quality healthcare in emergency departments all across this country. EMPAs work alongside physicians, nurses, and other members of the emergency care team, delivering exceptional care to patients with undifferentiated acute and chronic illness and injury.

On this first EMPA Day we honor the dedication, expertise, and compassion of all Emergency Medicine PAs. It is a day to recognize their hard work, commitment to patient care, and their tireless efforts in saving lives and improving the well-being of patients and families in need. We encourage everyone to join us in celebrating this inaugural day by taking a moment to thank an EMPA for their invaluable service and support. Let's show our appreciation for their unwavering commitment to healthcare excellence.



  1. Pat Grimm on January 31, 2024 at 12:11 am

    As a founding member of SEMPA, along with Arnold Zigman and others in our LAC-USC EMPA Residency in 1990, I would like to say how proud I am to see the continued progress and growth of this essential organization in the PA world. SEMPA has played a huge role in demonstrating the extraordinary capabilities of the PA through my favorite medical specialty, Emergency Medicine. A career field that has opened many doors for me.
    With my over 30 years experience as an EMPA I’ve been an EMPA Residency author and Director, AA Professor and faculty at multiple Universities, first ever EMPA in the White House plus the first ever PA to be an ATLS approved instructor and first ever PA to be given SG independent practice privileges in EM… etc. I’ve also had multiple military deployments as a military EMPA, trained hundreds of military medics, and most recently worked with the Afghanistan refugees while they fled their homes, independently working in a field hospital taking bullets out of children when doctors couldn’t, or wouldn’t.
    I’ve also succeeded in hard fought goals to expand EM opportunities for PAs, ever since I was a PA in a solo remote practice to (as more than 1 RN had said to me) being “just a PA” in an ER or UCC.
    If being an EMPA, preferably ER Residency… trained, is your goal, then hang in there. I took on the challenge, and I’ve loved it. Same that all successful PAs do, you define you! Especially in EM.
    While I can say it’s the hardest field in medicine to master, with the worst hours and most complex patients (that have burned me out several times in my career) I can also say being an EMPA has also been the most rewarding career possible for me where I have positively impacted and saved literally hundreds of lives, and I’d do it all again.