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Curriculum

NP or PA fellows learning in a simulation environment with a patient on a hospital bed while they perform ultrasound.

Trainee experience

The Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Emergency Medicine Fellowship prepares individuals for professional practice in emergent care unit settings.

During this program, learning experiences allow the fellow to:

  • Enhance emergent care knowledge
  • Increase critical-thinking skills
  • Improve time management (multitasking and triaging as appropriate)
  • Develop and enhance emergent care procedures and skills
  • Foster leadership opportunities in emergency medicine

Didactic course work

The fellowship includes lectures, online modules, Multidisciplinary Simulation Center activities, Grand Rounds and educational conferences.

Clinical training and rotations

The fellowship may include (but is not limited to) these rotations:

  • Introduction to emergency medicine
  • Emergency medicine at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Emergency medicine in Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Critical care (medical ICU and surgical ICU)
  • Orthopedics
  • Radiology and ultrasound
  • Anesthesia
  • Trauma
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pediatrics
  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT)
  • Elective

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

Schedule and hours

For the majority of the fellowship, your learning schedule includes varying shift lengths and rotating shifts, weekend shifts, and holiday shifts. You spend about 40 hours each week in the emergent care setting. This does not include additional time spent on didactic and additional course work.

Department and faculty

The Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Emergency Medicine Fellowship is coordinated and taught by the clinical, scientific and technical staffs of Mayo Clinic.

Faculty members are chosen for their commitment to teaching, as well as clinical practice and research. Many have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields.

Visiting professors and lecturers

A hallmark of higher education excellence is the breadth and depth of information and experience provided to students by faculty and visiting experts. Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year to lecture on their areas of medical and scientific expertise.

As a fellow of Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, you are encouraged to learn from these valuable resources by attending all conferences, lectures and seminars prepared for students, residents, fellows and consulting staff.

Facilities

Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities. This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

You will also train at locations within the Mayo Clinic Health System. Learn more about Mayo Clinic Health System.

Evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Graduation and certification

Upon graduation, fellows receive a Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences certificate documenting completion of an 18-month postgraduate fellowship in emergency medicine. This certificate verifies that each fellow has completed all the components listed in the syllabus. Such experience and training will allow fellows to be more competitive for emergent care provider positions.

Upon completion of the program, physician assistant graduates will have met the procedure, patient case and clinical requirements for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Emergency Medicine Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ).