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Department of Emergency Medicine

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How do I apply?

Download and complete the application packet. Directions on how to submit can be found in the application.

Is there an application fee?

No

How long is the program?

One year

How competitive is the program?

Each year our program becomes more competitive. Last year we had over 30 applicants.

What should I include in my personal statement?

Personal statement should include why you are interested in a postgraduate emergency medicine fellowship.

What makes a competitive applicant?

Anyone with a passion for emergency medicine and a desire to gain further knowledge and experience in EM is encouraged to apply.

Prior ER or EMS experience along with good grades and letters of recommendation are also a plus.

What is a rolling admission?

There is no set start date for the fellowship program. Licensing and credentialing in Texas can be a lengthy process. A rolling admission allows for flexibility and ensures each fellow is able to start as soon as credentialing is completed.

There is no set start date however we do group interviews into three seasons. If invited to interview, there will be approximately three interview dates to choose from. All interviews are conducted on Wednesdays.

Spring: April/May
Summer: July/August
Fall/Winter: November/December

Do you offer off service rotations?

Yes, fellows receive dedicated training in pediatrics, orthopedics, and ultrasound.

How many hours do fellows typically work?

Fellows typically work 44 hours a week clinically plus didactic activities and self study.

How many fellows are accepted each year?

On average six fellows

I am a current student, when should I apply?

Students should apply two-three months before their graduation date.

Is the fellowship program only for new graduates?

No, anyone seeking to gain experience in emergency is encouraged to apply.

Is your program accredited?

Currently there is no accrediting body for post graduate PA programs. Once the opportunity presents itself we will seek accreditation.

We currently follow the Society of Emergency Medicine PAs (SEMPA) recommendations for postgraduate training programs. Program content and design are based on these recommendations.

View SEMPA Guidelines

Are Nurse Practitioners accepted into the program?

Currently no. Our future goal is to become an accredited postgraduate PA program. Once there are more defined accreditation standards we well explore the opportunity to expand to NPs.

What’s the difference between PA Fellow vs PA Resident?

None, this term is used interchangeably for post graduate PA training. Our program has decided to use the term fellow to help distinguish between resident physicians.

Do you hire Fellows after completion of the fellowship?

Yes, we do an excellent job training our fellows and would like to retain as many as possible. However, a full time staff position is not guaranteed after completion of the fellowship. Fellows are required to apply for staff position and are hired based on department needs available positions.