Clinical Postgraduate Advanced Practice Provider Program in Emergency Medicine


The Department of Emergency Medicine is pleased to announce a new APP clinical postgraduate program in Emergency Medicine designed for physician assistants and nurse practitioners. GW is home to one of the earliest academic departments of emergency medicine in the country and has a long history of excellent training programs for undergraduate students, medical students, residents, fellows and practicing nurses, PA’s and physicians.  APP postgraduate trainees will work and learn primarily at the GW University Hospital, a dynamic quaternary care hospital that is a Level-1 Trauma Center, JACHO-certified stroke center and DC certified STEMI center. The GW hospital fully integrates the practice of PAs and NPs in many clinical service lines including the ED, ICU, cardiology, internal medicine, orthopedics and others. Our robust academic programs, including a rigorous emergency medicine physician residency program, state-of-the-art simulation center, AHA training center, and accomplished faculty specializing in all aspects of emergency care will provide residents with the high-quality learning experiences required to develop clinical competency in emergency medicine.

Program Objectives:

By the end of the program graduates will be able to:

  1. Manage a full spectrum of common adult and pediatric emergencies within the PA/NP scope of practice
  2. Meet the CME, knowledge, and procedural requirements for NCCPA Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ)
  3. Perform core point of care ultrasound skills of eFAST, RUSH, and basic musculoskeletal applications
  4. Perform basic and advanced  traumatic wound  management  and bedside skin, soft tissue and orthopedic procedures; and
  5. Interpret plain x-rays of the chest, abdomen and bone and identify common emergency findings on CT, ultrasound and MRI 
  6. Participate as a team member and perform procedures for critically-ill medical, surgical and trauma patients

Curriculum structure

The curriculum includes a required, paid, one-month orientation followed by 12 months of clinical learning rotations.  APP postgraduate trainees will have a dedicated didactic program in addition to learning collaboratively with students and residents in conferences, the simulation lab, and clinical rotations. 

Block curriculum (each block is 4 weeks)
*ACLS, PAL, ATLS, intro to ultrasound, wound care practicum
Orientation* 1 block
Emergency Medicine 8 blocks
Pediatric ED 1 block
ICU 1 block
Trauma .5 block
Anesthesia .5 block
Orthopedics .5 block
Cardiology .5 block
Elective .5 block
Vacation .5 block
Electives may be self-designed with the program director. There are existing resources for meaningful elective experiences in disaster and event medicine, health policy, clinical research, health professions education, wilderness medicine, toxicology and others. 

APP postgraduate trainees will be full time employees of the GW Medical Faculty Associates and eligible for full time employee benefits.  Additionally each APP postgraduate trainee will receive support towards attending a CME or professional development conference.

Application Process

Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited PA program or NP program that covers the lifespan of care from pediatrics to geriatrics.  Acceptance into the program is provisional until the candidate is fully certified, licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and passes a background check. Visa sponsorship is not available and all applicants must be eligible to legally work in the United States.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2020 (for entering class of September 1, 2020)
Applicants should send the following items by e-mail to Jennifer Aaroz, Operations Manager, Department of Emergency Medicine at

  • Personal Statement of interest in the program and career goals, not exceeding one page
  • CV
  • Three letters of recommendation sent directly to the program by the letter writer
  • Copy of most recent transcript from PA or NP program
  • Copy of diploma (if graduated) from PA or NP program

An in-person interview will be required.
If transcripts will be mailed directly from your school, they can be mailed to:

Jennifer Aaroz
Director of Operations
Department of Emergency Medicine
2120 L Street NW
Suite 450
Washington, DC    20037

Questions may be directed to the APP Clinical Postgraduate Program Director, Steve Robie, PA-C