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VA Physician Assistant Services (PAS) Office

Post-Graduate Residency Programs

A VA Physician Assistant (PA) post-graduate residency program education offers an opportunity to engage in more focused training in a particular healthcare specialty. VA PA has access to the latest technological advances, such as Clinical Video Telehealth, Home Telehealth, eICU, and eConsults.

VA PA Post-Graduate Residencies include:

  • One-year post-graduate programs
  • Stipend
  • No tuition, no application fee
  • Paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Optional health insurance
  • Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) may be available upon employment, depending on site, and subject to funding

 ⇒ Learn more about PA post graduate residencies available in the VA (PDF)

Physician Assistant Services provides oversight for postgraduate residency programs. For information on PA post graduate residencies available in the VA Contact Shawn Cole at

Programs and Locations

   - Emergency Medicine

   - Primary Care
   - Mental Health
   - Geriatrics

      Emergency Medicine - Residency

Emergency medicine residency 12-month program focuses on adult emergency medicine. Providing advanced training and experience in both high acuity and low acuity patient settings. 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. 

VA Training Site Emergency Medicine Residency Website App Deadline Start Date
New York Harbor Healthcare Medical Center - NY Affiliation with NYU School of Medicine. New York Harbor VA HealthCare System Feb Sept 1
Zablocki VA Medical Cente - Wisconsin Affiliation with Medical College of Wisconsin. Milwaukee VA HealthCare System Feb Aug
Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center - PA Affiliation with Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia VA HealthCare System Feb 7 Sept 1
Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center - Kansas  Affiliation with Wichita State University/University of Kansas School of Medicine . Wichita VA HealthCare System Rolling Rolling

Primary Care - Residency

Post-Graduate Primary Care residency 12-month program focuses on adult primary care medicine. Residents will develop a deep and broad evidence-based knowledge foundation of the common disease processes seen in a typical, complex VA patient through online didactic course-work and clinical rotation experiences spanning multiple different specialties as well as primary care. 

VA Training Site Primary Care Residency Website App Deadline Start Date
Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center - Wisconsin Affiliation with Marquette University. Milwaukee HealthCare System Jan July 1
Atlanta VA Medical Center - Georgia Affiliation with Emory University Health Center VA Southeast HealthCare System - Emory School of Medicine Nov 14 April
Malcom Randall VA Medical Center - Florida Affiliation with University of Florida North Florida/South Georgia Veterans HealthCare System April Aug/Sept
W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center - NC Affiliation with Wake Forest School of Medicine. Salisbury VA Health CareSystem Rolling Rolling

Mental Health - Residency

As the PA progresses through this 12-month mental health residency program, the resident will advance the breadth and depth of SKAs in psychiatry. The PA will also develop personal and professional growth through self-care and experience with interprofessional teams. With full participation and completion of the program, the PA will be prepared to take the NCCPA CAQ in Psychiatry examination. 

VA Training Site Mental Health Residency Website App Deadline Start Date
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Texas Affiliation with Baylor College of Medicine Houston VA HealthCare System Feb 28/ Aug 31 July/Jan
Chillicothe VA Medical Center - Ohio None VA Chillicothe Healthcare System March 31 Rolling
Clarksburg -  West Virginia West Virginia University VA Clarksburg Healthcare System Rolling Rolling
Raymond G. Murphy Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center - New Mexico Affiliation with University of New Mexico New Mexico VA Health Care System Feb 1 July

Geriatrics - Residency 

Geriatrics 12-month residency training occurs in a dynamic clinical and academic environment, to expose the residents to basic and advanced geriatric concepts and techniques. Training is provided in clinics, on hospital units, and across a broad continuum of care from house calls to hospice. 

VA Training Site Geriatrics Residency Website App Deadline Start Date
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Texas Affiliation with Baylor College of Medicine Houston HealthCare System Aug 31 Jan

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