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The SEMPA Board of Directors instituted a policy statement on the title of the physician assistant to collectively and appropriately identify and name advanced practice providers, speicifcally physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
Since the introduction of the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Emergency Medicine, emergency medicine physicians and physician assistants have looked to SEMPA for guidance in whether obtaining this certificate is appropriate for EMPA practice. With the release of its official statement on NCCPA’s CAQ, SEMPA is endorsing the CAQ as an appropriate measure of knowledge of emergency medical content for physician assistants practicing in emergency medicine.
These guidelines address the growing demand for extended and standardized training of physician assistants in emergency medicine entering into the marketplace. Additionally, the model of the MD-PA team in delivering care remains a highly effective tool in responding to the need for ever-increasing emergency medicine care. As such, the future will require closer collaboration, partnership and innovation by all involved to meet the ever-evolving challenges within emergency medicine.
SEMPA’s goal in developing an EMPA postgraduate educational standard is to create a consistent and expected outcome for those employing the individuals who complete these programs. 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.
SEMPA recognizes and endorses the ACEP Ultrasound Guidelines: Emergency, Point-of-Care, and Clinical Ultrasound Guidelines in Medicine released June 2016. ACEP recognizes that emergency ultrasound is a fundamental skill in the practice of emergency medicine. SEMPA believes that emergency medicine physician assistants should be credentialed and granted privileges by their institutions to perform emergency ultrasound, if they have met the same training guidelines as emergency physicians, as outlined by the ACEP 2016 Ultrasound Guidelines.
SEMPA is in agreement with the ACEP policy titled, Emergency Ultrasound Certification by External Entities. SEMPA believes that certification for point-of-care ultrasound by a non-emergency medicine external body, organization, or society may negatively affect the ability of emergency medicine physician assistants to utilize this important diagnostic skill.