The CEP America EMPA Fellowship at Arrowhead provides clinical and didactic instruction. The curriculum is structured on the American College of Emergency Physicians' Model of Clinical Practice and the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) Standards for Clinical Postgraduate PA Programs.

Didactic Instruction

The didactic segment of the EMPA Fellowship at Arrowhead includes 4 hours each week of dedicated formal training and discussion with encouraged feedback and interaction from all Fellows. Other elements include:
  • Board Rounds: A 30 minute lecture is held on Tuesdays at 6:45 A.M. along with the EM Attending and Residents
  • Journal Club: Current journal articles are reviewed and assigned to Fellows for presentation at a quarterly discussion
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference (M&M): Interesting and pedagogical cases are reviewed and discussed in a confidential forum
  • Grand Round Conference: Fascinating cases are presented by each EMPA Fellow including a lecture of the disease process identified and treatment rendered
  • Certifications: Upon completion of the EMPA Fellowship all graduates shall be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and California Approved Controlled Substance Course

Clinical Practicum

The Clinical practicum is focused on hands-on training. Rotations include 42 weeks in emergency medicine, with emergency ultrasonography. During the emergency rotations, Fellows are closely supervised by a team of NCCPA certified physician assistants as well as board-certified or board-eligible emergency physicians which are certified by the ABEM and/or the AOBEM.

In addition, Fellows rotate for 3 weeks in each of the following:
  • Pediatrics
  • Internal medicine, including one week training offsite at a pediatric diabetes camp
  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Obstetrics/gynecology
  • Pre-hospital emergency medical services