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PA Residency Programs

About the Program

Welcome to the University of Iowa Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. We appreciate your interest in our Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency Program. We offer an 18-month postgraduate Physician Assistant Residency Program that is linked to the only Emergency Medicine physician residency program in the state of Iowa. As an Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant (EM-PA) resident you will have the opportunity to specialize in the field of Emergency Medicine while working alongside physician residents and seasoned clinicians at one of the top medical centers in the country.

Mission Statement:

  • We develop adaptable and self-reliant graduate who are capable of working in ANY clinical setting
  • We believe in providing individualized, comprehensive education
  • We are a university-based research-oriented institution

Our fundamental philosophy is to:

  • Train Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants with the core competencies and skills sets allowing them to practice in any emergency, acute care, or intensive care setting, including solo coverage of a critical access hospital emergency department with remote physician back-up
  • Provide flexibility in training to meet individualized learning needs
  • Foster academic EM through scientific discovery, expertise in EM subspecialties, and peer-to-peer learning

We invite you to consider the advantages of the University of Iowa Department of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency:

  • The University of Iowa EM-PA program is the national leader in Physician Assistant education.  
  • We have a beautiful, state-of-the-art, 60,000 square foot Emergency Department.
  • We will teach you to provide high quality, evidence based care to patients while maintaining kind and compassionate service.
  • The University of Iowa is a 845-bed hospital and serves eastern Iowa as the only Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center and burn center in the state.
  • Abundant clinical experience comes from our burgeoning patient census, and more than a fifth of our patients are pediatric.
  • The University of Iowa is one of the top research institutions in the nation providing unparalleled resources. Our Department has many ongoing clinical, basic science and translational research projects.
  • We offer a comprehensive Wilderness Medicine course as an elective that is operated by and taught by Emergency Medicine physicians.
  • Outstanding, nationally-recognized clinical faculty who originated from and trained all over the country. Teachers who have recognized that The University of Iowa is a very special place and have come here to help create a world-class teaching institution.


The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Clinical Postgraduate Program status to the University of Iowa Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency Program sponsored by University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Accreditation-Clinical Postgraduate Program is the status of accreditation granted when a new or currently accredited clinical postgraduate program is in compliance with the Standards for Clinical Postgraduate Programs. Accreditation-clinical postgraduate program remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards, ARC-PA requirements or procedures.

Accreditation-Clinical Postgraduate Program does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at