Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Post-Graduate Residency Program - Milwaukee VA Medical Center
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Milwaukee VA Medical Center


Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Post-Graduate Residency Program

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The Zablocki VA Medical Center offers a 12-month-long clinical and didactic education program focusing on adult emergency medicine designed to produce highlyER training2 competent emergency medicine physician assistants. It offers advanced training and experience in both high acuity and low acuity patient settings. The experience and skills gained through this program will enhance your confidence in clinical practice and marketability for future career opportunities. Upon completion of this program, you should have confidence in initial management of critically ill patients, urgent care patient management and advanced procedural skills. It will also prepare you for the NCCPA CAQ emergency medicine exam in the future.  This program offers a competitive stipend for your one year of training, two weeks paid vacation, sick leave, and options for health, dental and life insurance. Two residents will be accepted for this program annually.

Application Deadline: Feb. 2, 2021

Veterans Health Administration (VHA):

About: The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,250 health care facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,069 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program.

VHA Mission: Honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.

VHA Vision: VHA will continue to be the benchmark of excellence and value in health care and benefits by providing exemplary services that are both patient centered and evidence based.

Residency Overview:
  • One-year commitment: Aug. 2, 2021 – July 31, 2022 (dates approximate based on graduation dates of accepted PA residents)
  • Highly integrated with well-established Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Physician Residency curriculum
  • Dedicated simulation and procedure sessions (every Thursday)
  • Diverse faculty from multiple hospitals within the area with interests including sports medicine, ultrasound, toxicology, quality and more
  • Scrubs and white coats provided
  • Federal employee status
  • Hiring preference within the VA system upon completion of residency
  • Two residents selected per year

Post Graduate Residency Program Rotations

  • Adult Emergency Medicine
  • ICU/Critical Care
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Dermatology
  • Dental
  • Cardiology
  • Trauma Surgery
Training Sites:
  • Clement J. Zablocki Medical Center: 196-acute care bed 1A facility servicing 64,000 patients with over 818,000 outpatient visits in FY 17
  • Froedtert Hospital: An adult academic center that delivers advanced medical care through 37 specialties and is a 585-bed level I trauma center with an average of 3,400 trauma patients and 72,000 emergency department visits. www.froedtert.com/about
Application Criteria/Process
(to be completed before start of program)
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Graduate of an ARC-PA accredited program
  • Current BLS and ACLS certification
  • Completed application form including resume/curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendations: Emailed or mailed directly to Program Director Carolyn Krech PA-C at carolyn.krech@va.gov and Medical Director Dr. Edward Callahan at edward.callahan@va.gov.
  • Personal Essay
  • Physician Assistant School Transcripts sent to:

Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
Emergency Department
Attn: Carolyn Krech PA-C
Office 1172
5000 W. National Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53295

Dates to Remember:
  • Start Date for Submission of Applications: Nov. 1, 2020
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 2, 2021
  • Contingent offers for residency will be extended no later than March 26, 2021
  • Residency Start Date: Approx. Aug. 2, 2021
  • Residency End Date: Approx. July 31, 2022

    NOTE: Start and end dates contingent on when residents graduate from PA School.
Where to Apply:


Carolyn Krech M.M.S, M.H.A., PA-C
Emergency Medicine PA Post-Grad Residency Director
Milwaukee VA Medical Center

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