SEMPA Students for EMPA Practice Educational Award

Award is Underwritten by CEP America


The specialty of emergency medicine plays a pivotal role in the nation’s healthcare system. SEMPA believes that PA students are key to the continued growth and strength of the specialty. As such, SEMPA teamed up with CEP America, who has a long history of building relationships with PA students interested in EM through preceptorships and continuing education programs. At CEP America, PAs are an integral part of its emergency medicine team, so they have generously underwritten two $1,000 SEMPA educational awards aimed at PA students interested in emergency medicine as their first career choice. 


To be eligible for the SEMPA Students for EMPA Practice Award you must be:

  • A SEMPA member in good standing
  • A student in good standing of an ARC-PA accredited PA training program or a student in a postgraduate emergency medicine training program 
  • In your final year of training


To be nominated for the award, you may:    

  • Self-nominate 
  • Be nominated by Program Director, Postgraduate training program director or any member of the faculty of the program
  • Nominations are made by completing and submitting the SEMPA Students for EMPA Practice Award application materials


Nominees must submit the following materials to SEMPA to be considered for the Students for EMPA Practice Award:

  • Completed application form
  • Letter of endorsement from  the applicant’s program director that includes a declaration  of good standing within the training program,  an indication of the applicant’s academic performance (such as overall GPA while in the PA  program), class ranking, academic awards, and clinical rotation evaluations. 
  • A current CV 
  • A written narrative statement that is no more than two pages, single-spaced, 12-point font that addresses the applicant’s dedication to emergency medicine, leadership, and humanism. 
  • A letter of recommendation from a peer, colleague, co-worker, clinical preceptor, or other faculty addressing the tenets of professionalism, leadership, and humanistic qualities. More than one letter is acceptable. 
  • A summary of any leadership positions the applicant has held within his or her program, community, and/or service to other medical organizations. The applicant should include any pertinent information on extent and duration of service or leadership position held. 
  • A brief description of any community service in which the applicant has been involved in, including activities prior to and during the training program. Some examples include: tutoring, underserved clinics, fund raising events, etc.

All required materials must be included with submission and they must be complete.

Applications should be sent to SEMPA:

ATTN: SEMPA Students for EMPA Practice Award
1125 Executive Circle
Irving, TX  75038-2522

Electronic submissions, which must include all the required materials, can be sent to:

Deadline for submission is midnight (Central) July 15, 2014


The SEMPA Award Committee will evaluate applications in each of the following categories:

  • Initial review of completed applications by the SEMPA Award Committee Chair to ensure eligibility and suitability of the application. Applications are reviewed by SEMPA staff or Award Committee to ensure all instructions have been followed and supporting documentation is included
  • Applications will then be reviewed and scored by members of the SEMPA Award Committee, including ad hoc members as needed
  • Notification of award is by no later than August 15, 2014