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Postgraduate Training Program Standards

In 2012, SEMPA published Emergency Medicine physician Assistant (EMPA) Postgraduate Training Guidelines in an effort to provide a framework that new and existing EMPA postgraduate programs could utilize to improve or create EMPA postgraduate programs, a tip of the hat to its founders.  

In 2013, the SEMPA Board of Directors created a Postgraduate Education Committee and charged that committee to create programmatic standards for individual EMPA postgraduate programs to meet. SEMPA’s goal is to ensure that these minimum standards are recognized and implemented by “SEMPA Approved” programs, provide assurance to the physician assistant interested in these programs that they will receive a comprehensive EM training experience, and that the interests of those program participants are at the forefront.  

Additionally, SEMPA’s goal is to develop an EMPA postgraduate educational standard that will create a consistent and expected outcome for those employing the individuals who complete these programs. And finally, SEMPA’s definitive desired outcome is to shape an educational process that demands, promotes, and results in EMPA’s offering the exceptional level of care that their patients deserve. 

SEMPA strongly encourages physician groups, hospitals and educational institutions to adopt training and educational opportunities to prepare physician assistants seeking to practice emergency medicine.  

Portions of the document have been adapted from other documents that are already in place in graduate medical education. A list of references can be found at the end of the document.  

Click here for a PDF of the SEMPA Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Postgraduate Training Program Standards