Physician Assistants (PA) are important members of the AMEDD healthcare team and provide a broad range of medical services traditionally performed by physicians. They are the primary medical provider to soldiers in battalion and division level units and also provide garrison healthcare to soldiers, family members, and other eligible beneficiaries.
The Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP) is an incredible educational opportunity for officers, warrant officers and enlisted soldiers. The program is located at the AMEDD Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Graduates of the course receive a commission in the Army Medical Specialist Corps as First Lieutenants and earn a Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska.
The Army trains approximately 95 soldiers a year alongside candidates from the Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, National Guard, and U.S. Public Health Service. Courses range from anatomy and physiology to surgery and orthopedics. During a year of clinical training at selected Army hospitals, the candidates participate in clinical rotations in such areas as surgery, pediatrics, and dermatology.