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Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Post-Graduate Residency Program

New York Harbor Healthcare Medical Center offers a 12-month-long clinical and didactic education program focusing on adult emergency medicine designed to produce highly competent emergency medicine physician assistants. Upon completion of this program, you should have confidence in initial management of critically ill patients, urgent care patient management and advanced procedural skills. It will also prepare you for the NCCPA CAQ emergency medicine exam in the future.

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NY Harbor VA EM PA 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: September 2024 – August 2025
  • Highly integrated with well-established Emergency Medicine PA Residency curriculum
  • Dedicated weekly EM Conference, ER Lectures, Weekly Grand Rounds 
  • Diverse faculty from multiple hospitals within the area with interests including ultrasound, sim and more
  • One year subscription to Hippo EM with over 100 hours of Emergency Medicine Category I CME
  • Scrubs and white coats provided
  • Federal employee status
  • Hiring preference within the VA system upon completion of residency
  • Two residents selected per year


Post Graduate Residency Program Rotations

  • Adult Emergency Medicine
  • ICU/Critical Care
  • SICU
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Community Emergency Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Anesthesiology
  • Woman’s Health
  • Dental
  • Podiatry
  • Cardiology
  • **Rotations subject to unexpected changes**

Training Sites

  • New York Harbor Healthcare System- Manhattan & Brooklyn Campuses: 140-acute care bed facility servicing 14,500 ED patients & 11,000 walk-in clinic outpatient visits.
  • NYU Winthrop Hospital: An adult academic center that delivers advanced medical care through 75 divisions of specialties and is a 591-bed level 1 trauma center with an average 81,000 patients annually. (NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island | NYU Langone Health)
  • University Hospital of Brooklyn (Downstate): An acute care hospital, 376-bed academic center averaging 55,000 patients annually.  University Hospital of Brooklyn | SUNY Downstate
  • **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
  • Completed application form including resume/curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendations: Emailed or mailed directly from the recommender to Residency Training Director Vallerie Hirsch, PA-C at
  • Personal Essay about why you are pursuing this residency program
  • Physician Assistant School Transcripts sent to:

VA NYHHS- Brooklyn Campus
Emergency Department
Attn: Vallerie Hirsch, PA-C
Office G-501 D
800 Poly Place
Brooklyn, New York 11209


Official transcripts can be emailed through school to

Dates to Remember

  • Application Deadline: February 23rd, 2024
  • Contingent offers for residency will be extended no later than May 26th, 2023
  • Residency Start Date: Early September
  • Residency End Date: End of August
  • NOTE: Start and End dates contingent on when incoming PA Residents graduate from PA School.
  • Accepted residents must take and pass their PANCE exam prior to residency start date.

Where to Apply

  • Click on the link below and electronically fill out the application
  • Print and sign the application and email a PDF of the completed application, along with other application materials (CV, personal essay, ACLS/BLS certification documentation), to the Residency Training Director at 

Applications to complete: 

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