Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants, EMPA
Physician assistants can follow many career paths, including emergency medicine. There are about 5,000 emergency medicine physician assistants, provide patient care to patients in the Emergency Department.
Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants profession is rewarding, but can be very demanding. They serve in many aspects of emergency medicine, such as pre-hospital, patient care, patient triage, fast track, and trauma.
EMPAs work side by side with the physicians. Performing medical screening examinations is a common part of PA practice in an emergency department.
Other common services provided by emergency medicine physician assistants, include administration of medications and injections, ordering and interpreting lab tests, abscess incision and drainage, analgesia and sedation, advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, foreign body removal, assisting in surgery, prescribing and dispensing medication, counseling patients
EMPAs must be motivated to seek challenges, work well with others in a fast-paced teaching environment, and be comfortable working with varying degrees of oversight.
Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants Salary::
$90,000 – $115,000 depending on experience.
Approved Physician Assistant Emergency Medicine Residency Programs:: University of Texas, Johns Hopkins, Medical College of Georgia, and are offered by the United States Army (Texas) and the Air Force (Ohio).
Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants: