U.S. Army-Baylor University EMPA Residency Program – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center


Inception: 2007

Curriculum Description: The 18-month curriculum totals 88 semester credit hours and consists of 16 didactic and 20 clinical sections (representing approximately 740 hours of classroom instruction and 3,460 clinical training hours, respectively), and a research project. Midterm and final board examinations, including written and oral evaluations, are based on the standards set by the American Board of Emergency Medicine for physician training.

The didactic portion accounts for 32 credit hours and consists of 16 courses on an array of emergency-medicine topics. Each course carries two semester hours of credit. The remaining 56 credit hours are earned through clinical rotations. These include an emergency department orientation, eight emergency department rotations, four intensive-care rotations, one trauma surgery rotation, two pediatric rotations, one toxicology rotation, one radiology rotation, one emergency ultrasound rotation, one oral maxillofacial rotation, two elective rotations, and a dedicated research block.

Clinical Rotations:

  • ED orientation x 1
  • ED rotations x 8
  • ICU rotations x 4
  • Pediatric ED rotation x 2
  • Trauma surgery rotation x1
  • OMFS/Anesthesia x1
  • Rads/Ultrasound rotation x 1
  • Toxicology rotation x1
  • Research block x1

Program Length: 18 months

Class Size: Two to four residents per training site.

Program Start Dates: June 1

Credential: Doctor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies – Emergency Medicine

Stipend: Residents receive full active-duty military pay and benefits.