University of Missouri Health Care and the MU School of Medicine are the first in Missouri to offer an intense and rewarding postgraduate Physician Assistant Fellowship in Emergency Medicine.

As part of an academic medical center, MU Health Care is no stranger to offering continuing medical education through physician fellowships. In 2015, MU Health Care became the first in Missouri to offer continuing medical education for physician assistants interested in Emergency Medicine. Joining other physician assistant fellowship programs within the hospital, the Emergency Medicine fellowship combines rigorous didactics with clinical experiences preparing graduates for a successful career in EM.

Physician assistants in the Emergency Fellowship Program will work with and under the supervision of emergency medicine, internal medicine, surgical and critical care physician assistants and physicians.

As fellows, physician assistants complete several activities:

  • Rotate through the hospital Emergency Departments, adult medical and surgical intensive care units and medicine wards. Other medical and surgical subspecialties will be used to augment the PA fellows’ training.
  • Monitor, diagnose and treat patients in the Emergency Department.
  • Receive hands-on experience to prepare for supervised bedside interventions.
  • Receive procedural training within rotations.
  • Attend and participate in grand rounds, journal club, departmental lectures, conferences and lectures by guest speakers.

The experience will prepare PA fellows for successful careers as physician assistants in emergency medicine. After graduating from the program, PA fellows will receive a certificate of completion from the University of Missouri and be prepared to sit for the NCCPA Certificate of Added Qualification in Emergency Medicine exam.

Additional benefits provided through the EM PA Fellowship:

  • 2 week EM specific Boot Camp with orientation, lectures, SIM lab, and need to know topics to prepare PA fellows for the program. This is lead by ED mid-level providers and physicians
  • Participation in weekly didactic EM Conference with EM Residents, monthly SIM lab and journal club
  • Weekly quizzes, monthly chart review with feedback and procedure tracking for common ED procedures
  • Attendance at SEMPA Conference
  • Direct bedside teaching by EM physicians in our level 1 trauma center, Children’s Emergency Department and rural based community medicine Emergency Department
  • Off service rotations in SICU, MICU, burn/wound clinic, orthopedic hand clinic, internal medicine unit, ultrasound, splinting/casting, and anesthesia
  • Initial staffing model on the EM Resident intern schedule with gradual increased autonomy with transition to the PA staffing schedule for the last 6 months of the PA Fellowship Program
  • ATLS course (registration fee)
  • Access to state of the art Health Science Library, Up To Date, Rosh Review & Hippo
  • Scrubs & white coat
  • University Benefits including liability insurance, health insurance, retirement & Employee Assistance Program
  • CME account
  • Competitive PA fellowship salary


Catherine Parker, MD

Catherine Parker, MD

Fellowship Director

Michelle Seithel, MPAS, PA-C

Michelle Seithel, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Program Director