The department of Emergency Medicine at Cook County Hospital is pleased to offer a 12-month postgraduate Physician Assistant Residency Program. This program is one of the few Emergency Medicine PA residencies offered in the Midwest. As a PA resident, you will have the opportunity to specialize in the field of Emergency Medicine while working with physician residents and seasoned clinicians at one of the top medical centers in the country.
The Cook County Hospital EM-PA residency curriculum is modeled after the physician residency curriculum. As a PA resident, you will rotate through core clinical specialties that will help prepare you to manage the most critical and complicated patients. These rotations will include clinical rotations in trauma, pediatric EM, orthopedics, and toxicology. Additionally, you will be able to tailor your educational experience towards your own interests by choosing elective rotations in your area of interest. Approximately two-thirds of the rotations are devoted to Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, providing you with the extensive experience necessary for successful placement after graduation. You will begin your residency experience in an Introductory Emergency Medicine month that will help you transition into the department, connect you with fellow PA residents and physician residents, equip you with essential knowledge and skills to begin working in the Emergency Department.
Clinical Block Schedule
|20 weeks||Cook County Emergency Medicine|
|4 weeks||Emergency Orthopedics|
|4 weeks||Pediatric Emergency Medicine|
*Elective opportunities include radiology, EM ultrasound, anesthesia, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, oral surgery, dermatology, and ENT
Didactic conferences are held each Wednesday for five hours with the Emergency Medicine PA residents and physician residents. The two groups work together clinically, and also participate in clinical education activities together, including the simulation lab. All residents are released from clinical duties and allowed this time for their education. Conferences are focused around monthly topics presented by emergency medicine staff, other Cook County Hospital Health Care specialists and visiting faculty. Interactive learning between residents and faculty is a key component to the conference experience. Case-based presentations, simulation lab, small groups, journal club, procedural workshops, and code simulations are examples of learning opportunities that will help engage PA residents in preparation for actual clinical situations in the emergency department.
Information on how to apply for the program starting in July 2015 will be available in January, 2015
PA Residency Class of 2014
|Candida Halley||Joseph Baez|
|Des Moines University||Northwestern University|
|Zach Lueders||Tom Caceres|
|University of Bridgeport||University of Wisconsin|
PA Residency Class of 2013
|Charles Knudson||Ashley Mores|
|Des Moines University||Des Moines University|
|Pauline Ragauskis||Samuel Spencer|
|Butler University||Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences|
PA Residency Class of 2012
|Carrie Kraeger||John Paul Magenis|
|Wake Forest University||SUNY Downstate University|