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  1. I want to thank you both for your posts. I will admit that I don't know much about the GI bill, but we have been very successful in loan deferment. I thank you both for your service, and if we can make anyone's GI bill work better for them, I am interested in making it happen. Our Fellows are paid as much as we can afford and maintain the faculty and other admin support required to have an excellent curriculum and structure. While this is only about what a pgy 2 or 3 EM physician resident earns, for all of our grads thus far the Fellowship has propelled them into careers that have easily returned this investment on a financial level. However, that doesn't seem to be the motivation for our Fellows; they do it for competence and confidence they gain and for their pride in our profession. Our graduates hit the ground running and immediately make an impact on the operations and patient care of their next ED. Their clinical acumen gains them the acknowledgment and respect of their peers and they quickly rise into leadership roles. I will also say that LT is correct that you do not have to be part of a formal clinical postgraduate training program to enroll in the Lynchburg DMSc. So there are other paths. I think we offer significant value in this realm, but there are alternatives to the EMPA Fellowship at ARMC. I would be happy to discuss these with any interested candidates.
  2. The EMPA Fellowship at ARMC is currently accepting applications for its next class, which is set to begin in Nov of 2018. This Fellowship is housed at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center which is San Bernardino Counties Trauma and Burn Center located in the city of Colton, CA. The program includes clinical and didactic education that is designed to provide PAs who are new-grads or new to emergency medicine an efficient and supportive training experience that will enable top-of-scope practice in any emergency department. In addition to over 40 hours of online EM education, Fellows will attend 4-5 hours of weekly lecture that is specifically designed to build upon primary PA education. Fellows are also strongly encouraged and paid to participate in weekly EM physician resident lecture. Rotations include: Ortho Surgery (Trauma, SICU, Burn) Pediatrics Ob/Gyn Ultrasound Anesthesia Diabetic Youth Camp EMS The program now offers two options: 1. 14-month Traditional track ($55,000) Over 60 EMPAs have graduated from the Traditional track and report being very well prepared to practice in a wide variety of ED settings. 2. 20-month Doctorate of Medical Science track ($75,000 w/tuition paid) This is a new offering that builds on the Traditional track through a partnership with Lynchburg College in Virginia. The EMPA Fellowship is lengthened to enable time to complete the DMSc coursework, and the tuition is paid by the Fellowship. There are a select number of positions available for this option, and they will be filled competitively. There are currently 12 Fellows enrolled in the DMSc track. All Fellows are eligible for a full benefits package including Health, Vision, Dental, 401k. All lectures are CME certified providing more than 200 hours of CME. SEMPA and CAPA memberships are provided. EMPAFellowship.com Deadline for application is June 15, 2018 Please visit the website and select Apply Now to be contacted by our program recruiter and to learn more about the complete application process.
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