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Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant (EMPA) Postgraduate Residency Program

The Zablocki VA Medical Center offers a 12-month-long clinical and didactic PA Postgraduate Residency program focusing on adult emergency medicine designed to produce highly competent emergency medicine physician assistants.

It offers advanced training and experience in both high acuity and low acuity patient settings. The experience and skills gained through this program will enhance confidence in clinical practice and marketability for future career opportunities.

Upon completion of this program, PA Residents should have confidence in initial management of critically ill patients, urgent care patient management and advanced procedural skills. It will also prepare a PA for the NCCPA CAQ emergency medicine exam in the future. 

This program offers a competitive stipend for one year of training, paid vacation, sick leave, and options for health insurance. Two (2) residents will be accepted for this program annually.

Application deadline: Feb. 1.

Milwaukee VA EMPA Program Mission Statement

To train highly qualified graduate physician assistants (PAs) to provide coordinated, high-quality, efficient care to patients receiving emergency medical care within the Veterans Affairs facilities.

Residency Overview

  • One-year commitment: Start date in August of each year. (Exact start date is based on graduation dates of accepted PA Residents)
  • Education integrated with well-established Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Physician Residency curriculum
  • Dedicated simulation, procedure and point of care ultrasound training (every Thursday)
  • One year subscription to Hippo EM with over 100 hours of Emergency Medicine Category I CME
  • Diverse faculty from multiple hospitals within the area with interests including sports medicine, ultrasound, toxicology, quality and more
  • Scrubs and white coats provided
  • Federal employee status
  • Hiring preference within the VA system upon completion of residency
  • Two residents selected per year


Postgraduate Residency Program Rotations

  • Adult Emergency Medicine
  • ICU/Critical Care
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Community Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Dental
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Dermatology

**Rotations subject to unexpected changes**

Training Sites

  • Clement J. Zablocki Medical Center: 196-acute care bed 1A facility servicing 64,000 patients with over 818,000 outpatient visits in FY 17
  • Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Regional Health Network

**Off-site training sites subject to change**

Application Criteria/Process

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Graduate of an ARC-PA accredited program
  • Current BLS and ACLS certification (Both must be current at the start of residency)
  • Completed application form including resume/curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendations: Emailed or mailed directly to Program Director Carolyn Krech PA-C at and Medical Director Dr. Matthew Laudon at
  • Personal Essay about why you are pursuing this residency program
  • Official Physician Assistant School Transcripts sent to:

Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
Emergency Department
Attn: Carolyn Krech PA-C
Office 1172
5000 W. National Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53295
Official transcripts can be emailed through school to

Dates To Remember

  • Start Date for Submission of Applications: Nov. 1
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1
  • Contingent offers for residency will be extended no later than March 25
  • Residency Start Date: Approx. Early August
  • Residency End Date: Approx. Late July

    NOTE: Start and End dates contingent on when incoming PA Residents graduate from PA School.

Where To Apply

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Carolyn Krech M.M.S, M.H.A., PA-C
Emergency Medicine PA Post-Grad Residency Director
Milwaukee VA Medical Center

Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant residents hone their skills.