Postgrad APP Program Information

Emergency Medicine Post Graduate Program for Advanced Practice Providers
Washington Emergency Care Physicians

WECP Mission

Provide and support the highest quality of emergency care

Program Description

Washington Emergency Care Physicians (WECP) is proud to have opened the first Pacific Northwest-based emergency medicine post graduate program for advance practice providers (APPs) in October 2021. The Program is specifically designed for physician assistants and nurse practitioners who are interested in a life-long career in emergency medicine with primary training sites in the Puget Sound through Tacoma Emergency Care Physicians (TECP), a subsidiary of WECP.

Program Objectives

  1. To provide exceptional training and experience for APP professionals to have a successful career in any emergency department setting.
  2. To prepare candidates well for recognized emergency medicine APP examinations (NCCPA-CAQ for physician assistants, AANPCB Boards for nurse practitioners

Curriculum

  • Fifteen (15) months program duration with over 3000 hours of post graduate training
    • Close to 2400 hours of clinical training
    • Over 300 hours of didactics to include over 20 hours per month of conferences, meetings, ultrasound training, procedure lab and simulation.
    • Over 400 hours of independent study to include case review & presentation preparation, assigned CME and readings, and research project completion
  • Phased Training with increasing levels of expected competency and confidence
    • Post Graduate APP 0: “Boot Camp”, 2 weeks at start of Program
    • Post Graduate APP 1: Six (6) months of ED clinical shifts in low acuity zones
    • Post Graduate APP 2: Two and half (2.5) months of external rotations – Trauma (4 wks), Peds UCC & ED(4 wks), Ophthalmology(1wk), Obstetrical ED(1wk)
    • Post Graduate APP 2: Six (6) months of ED clinical shifts in high acuity zone
  • Continuing Medical Education
    • Required 150+ CME hours (provided and paid for by Program)
    • Original EM Boot Camp on-line course, to be completed before start of program
    • EMRAP subscription for duration of program
    • UpToDate subscription as MHS medical staff
    • ATLS
  • Faculty Advisor & Mentor will be assigned to each post graduate candidate
    • Regularly scheduled meetings with advisor (at least 2 per month)
    • Advisor to monitor progress and identify strengths/areas of improvement
    • Advisor with candidate will develop individualized plan to ensure continued growth and development
    • Mentors will be senior Post Grad APPs and/or staff APPs
  • Two (2) classes per year
    • Fall – October 1st with 2 candidates
    • Spring – April 1st with 2 candidates

Accreditation

  • Program is not accredited at this time.
  • Of approximately 55 EM PGAPP programs nationally, only 1 program is currently accredited

Training Locations

  • All sites are part of MultiCare Health Systems
  • Puget Sound: MultiCare Tacoma General (Level 2 Trauma, primary cardiac & stroke center), Allenmore (Level 4 Trauma), and Covington Hospitals

Admission requirements

  1. Must have graduated from an accredited PA/NP school
  2. Must be certified/licensed in Washington State prior to start of program
  3. Must be able to evaluate and treat both pediatric and adult patients
  4. Must be willing to relocate to the Puget Sound for duration of program.
  5. Must be ACLS and PALS certified for duration of program

Compensation & Benefits

  • Monthly stipend
    • $4,700 (2021-22)
    • $4,900 (2023-24)
  • Reimbursement for licensing, certification, credentialing fees
  • Benefits: medical and dental insurance, short-term disability insurance, 80 hours of PTO
  • Eligible for retirement benefits if permanently hired after completion of program

How To Apply

  1. Submit you most current Curriculum Vitae on https://wecp.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=9
  2. Submit personal statement explaining why you are applying to the program along with your long-term professional goals
  3. Send three (3) letters of recommendation to the Program Director – to be sent directly from the authors of the letters. At least one letter must be from school director or faculty.
  4. Send your PA/NP school transcripts to the Program Director.
  5. Selected applicants will be asked to participate in an initial interview using a virtual video conference format. From those, applicants will be further selected to advance to a secondary in-person interview in Tacoma, WA
  6. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application one year in advance of the desired start.

Contact Information

Jaime Delcampo, MD, FACEP
Program Director
Jaime.Delcampo@wecphealth.org
(253) 254.5536

 

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