Emergency Medicine Residency Program - Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC
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Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Physician Assistant Residency Program in Emergency Medicine


Welcome to the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency Program. Below you will find a description of our program, which is part of the 5 VA Post Graduate Residency Programs in Emergency Medicine funded by the Veterans Health Administration Office of Academic Affiliations starting in 2019. Our team is excited to offer this pioneering program and we hope that you find useful information below.

We are located in the vibrant urban setting of West Philadelphia; our ED sees close to 23,000 patients a year – with a steady increase of about 1000 additional patients per year, in an interprofessional environment consisting of nurses, NPs, PAs, MDs, PA students, medical students, medical residents and fellows. The population of Veterans that we serve consists largely of elderly Veterans with presentations across the whole spectrum of acuities including many acute over chronic medical conditions. Our admission rate is around 20%, which is higher than the national average.

Our program provides a solid, intensive, 12-month (13x4-week blocks) curriculum covering basic and advanced Emergency Medicine concepts and procedures, in a dynamic clinical and academic environment. Training is provided in our Emergency Medicine Department, in other departments at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, and at our affiliated medical centers. Ultrasound is incorporated into every rotation, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s excellent Division of Emergency Ultrasound. Simulation is also an integral part of the curriculum with sessions run throughout the year. Wednesday conferences will provide didactic lectures and grand rounds in a rich environment with other PA and MD resident peers.


Below is a sample Curriculum (The actual schedule is tailored to the trainee’s requests in accordance with other services’ availability). This curriculum is subject to change and revisions, depending on feedback and sites availability.

  • Block 1 Orientation EM/Simulation/intro to Ultrasound
  • Block 2 EM/Primary Care/Radiology
  • Block 3 EM/Emergency Psychiatry/Radiology
  • Block 4 Anesthesia/Vacation
  • Block 5 EM
  • Block 6 Ortho/ General surgery
  • Block 7 EM/Peds EM
  • Block 8 EM/Podiatry
  • Block 9 Geriatrics/ICU
  • Block 10 EM
  • Block 11 Elective/Vacation
  • Block 12 EM
  • Block 13 EM 

Eligibility requirements

Qualified applicants must have each of the following by the time of application:

  • Graduation or anticipated graduation from an ARC-PA accredited PA program
  • Certification by NCCPA or eligible to sit for the exam
  • US citizenship
  • Pennsylvania state license


  • No application fee
  • Generous stipend: $80,984 for 2018-2019 year
  • Vacation time, sick leave
  • Eligible for health, vision, dental and life insurance
  • Liability coverage


The following documents are required for a complete application:

Please download the application from found here, fill out and mail to us

  • Transcripts from PA program and any graduate-level programs
  • Documentation of NCCPA certification or eligibility
  • 2 letters of recommendation, one of them should be from your program director
  • Personal essay

Please mail application and email all remaining documents to:

Olivia Ehmann, MMS, PA-C
Emergency Department
CPL Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center
3900 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104






Olivia Ehmann, PA-C
Co-Director, PA Residency Program
3900 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-823-5800 Ext. 6004

Mary Friedberger, PA-C
Co-Director, PA Residency Program
3900 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-823-5800 Ext. 6857

Geraldine Baer, MD/PhD
Medical Director, PA Residency Program
3900 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-823-5800 Ext. 3499