University of Missouri School of Medicine offers a 12-month postgraduate Physician Assistant Fellowship Hospital Medicine program in Columbia, Missouri. This fellowship program is designed to implement a more focused career. Providing the graduate PA with tailored training curriculum in Hospital Medicine and specialty practices.
University Hospital is a 300-bed hospital in central Missouri. It serves as central Missouri's only Level I trauma center and as a tertiary referral center for much of mid-Missouri. University Hospital is located on the MU campus, along with its academic partners, the School of Medicine, the Sinclair School of Nursing, and the School of Health Professions. As part of an academic medical center, University Hospital is host to many physician residency and fellowship programs.
Physician Assistant will develop leadership skills which are considered essential for PA leaders, learning how to become a teacher and mentor, conducting clinical research, focusing on performance improvement and gaining more clinical experience, all while learning about the business side of hospital medicine.
Fellowship programs can launch careers into PA leadership roles. These fellowships are designed to introduce professionals to specific advanced education establishing leaders in their field. Providing PA"s with resources, support, and professional networks to pursue goals that might not otherwise be achievable at a typical job, resulting in additional autonomy. Read more about how fellowships can launch careers at AAPA.
Physician assistant in the Hospital Medicine fellowship program will work with and under the supervision of hospital medicine, emergency medicine, surgical and critical care physicians and physician assistants.
The Physician Assistant Fellowship in Hospital Internal Medicine:
- Develop and conduct a complete physical examination, history taking, and overall patient evaluation. Utilizing data, including biological, psychological, and social etiologies, to accurately formulate a differential diagnosis.
- Acquire and critically evaluate information accessed from databases, medical journals, and other reliable sources of current medical information.
- Apply knowledge of sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive value to determine appropriate diagnostic tests and interpreting those such tests.
- Develop patient plans; outpatient treatment, discharge plans/disposition, follow up, and medication management.
- Perform a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
Physician Assistant Fellowship Hospital Medicine of University of Missouri, School of Medicine, is an accredited program of The Association of Postgraduate PA Programs.
The main University of Missouri (MU) hospital is located in the center of Mizzou's campus, overlooking Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. MU works in close proximity to Women's and Children's Hospital, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, Missouri Orthopedic Institute, and Missouri Psychiatric Center. Emphasizing diverse facilities to improve overall patient quality of health care. The University was awarded Purple Heart University in April 2019 as recognition for the university's support of military members, veterans, and their families.
Clinical Simulation Center (SIM) is equipped with state of the line technology including 30 fully equipped examination rooms, 12 multipurpose simulation rooms with presentation technology, 13 observation and control rooms, 1 Cerner smart room (hospital "room of the future"), and 4 debrief/conference rooms.
Grand Rounds at the University of Missouri, School of Medicine, offers a great way for students to stay connected and learn about a diverse group of diseases, pathology, and treatment. Physician Assistant Fellowship offers an additional Fellow Lecture that includes journal clubs. Allowing critical understanding of biological and pathophysiological mechanisms to interpret patient data.
The Physician Assistant Fellowship in Hospital Medicine training program is a rigorous 12-monh program that is designed to help tailor a more focused career in Hospital Medicine. This fellowship provides graduates with leadership skills, professional development opportunities to foster and cultivate enrichment through medical base knowledge and clinical experience, preparing PA fellows for a career in Hospital Medicine.
Rotations will include experiences in the Emergency Department, Frank L. Mitchell Jr., MD, Trauma Center, intensive care units, and medical/surgical inpatient floors. Each rotation will offer a unique perspective and approach to caring for patients through all acuities, including experience in performing emergent interventions. The fellowship program will provide world-class training in general and specialty adult medicine for hospital-based physician assistant.
PA's will experience the following diseases or disorders:
- Acute Renal Failure
- Cardiac Arrhythmia
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Heart Failure
- Sepsis Syndromes
By the end of the fellowship year, PA's will become fluent in performing skills and procedures:
- Bedside Ultrasound Interpretation
- Chest Radiograph Interpretation
- Electrocardiogram Interpretation
- Lumbar Puncture
- Vascular Access
The Physician Assistant Fellowship Hospital Medicine consist of core rotations. Providing a well-rounded, professional, and educated Physician Assistant. Embodying core values of integrity, empathy, and respect for patients and faculty.
- Hospital Medical Ward
- Infectious Diseases
- Palliative Care
The Physician Assistant Fellowship Hospital Medicine program consist of various specialty areas with 4-week rotations.
- Emergency Medicine
Grading or Evaluation
University of Missouri, School of Medicine uses evaluative tools that include:
- Fundamentals of Critical Care Support
- CAQ Hospital Medicine Exam
- Monthly Journal Club
- Monthly Case Report
- Monthly Medical Guideline Report
- Monthly Moderator PA Student Case Report
- American Journal of Hospital Medicine Annual Article
- Quality Improvement/Patient Safety
University of Missouri, School of Medicine, Physician Assistant Fellowship Hospital Medicine program is committed to providing leading edge education and technical training while ensuring high quality patient care. Hospital Medicine Fellowship program is routinely assessing and implementing changes to obtain the highest quality training.
To be eligible for the Physician Assistant Fellowship in Hospital Internal Medicine, you must have:
- Graduate of an accredited PA program
- National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certification
- Current Missouri State Legislature
- Basic Life Support (BLS)
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications
Note: If you have not yet graduated from your physician assistant program and have not met all of the prerequisites, you may still apply for the fellowship. Submit appropriate documentation of when prerequisites will be done. To be successfully appointed to the fellowship, you must have graduated and met all of the prerequisites before the start of the program.
Candidates are selected based on grades, work, and volunteer experiences. With an emphasis on leadership qualities, and representation of individual qualities and skills.
To apply for a Missouri license please contact the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. (573) 751-0098
The Physician Assistant Fellowship in Hospital Internal Medicine is coordinated and taught by the clinical, scientific, and technical staff of the University of Missouri, School of Medicine. PA fellows will be assigned to an advisor. Faculty are chosen through their teaching commitment, clinical practice interest and research, and strive for high patient quality.
Each advisor will meet the fellow at least once each semester to discuss progress and complete a summary report based on the meeting. The faculty, as a group, will meet once each semester to discuss the progress of the fellows.
- Zafar Ahmad, PA-C, CAQ, MS, MSPAS
- Program Director of the post-graduate Hospital Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship Program
- Physician Assistant in University of Missouri School of Medicine Division of Hospital Medicine
- Syed Hasan Naqvi, MD, FACP, SFHM
- Medical Director of the post-graduate Hospital Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship Program
- Associate Chief Medical Officer for MU Health Systems
- Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
- Heather Matthews, PA-C, MSPAS
- Advisor for the post-graduate Hospital Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship Program
- Physician Assistant in University of Missouri School of Medicine
- Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator for Stephens College PA Program
PA fellows will participate in weekly clinical case conferences, journal club, and grand rounds. As a Physician Assistant Fellowship in Hospital Internal Medicine, fellows are expected to actively engage in these opportunities. Well rounded education will serve PA fellows a higher knowledge, compassion, and skill set needed to provide excellent care to those in need.
Each student will have a notebook to document all evaluations, keeping other forms and checklists to a minimum, instead, narrative documentation of face-to-face discussions will be recorded. As adult learners, fellows are better assessed in discussions and feedback.
Broad range of PA fellows are accepted on a competitive basis each year for the Physician Assistant Fellowship in Hospital Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri, School of Medicine.
How to Apply
Hospital Internal Medicine offers two cycles of Physician Assistant: April and October. Application cycle is always open because we offer Rolling Admissions.
- Online Application
- Supporting Documentation: *Submit these materials
- An official transcript from you physician assistant program, either online or paper submission. (Paper submission must be in a sealed envelope, no open envelopes will be accepted)
- 3-letters of recommendation: one must include the program director if a new graduate
- Curriculum Vitae
- Personal statement of less than one page about your interest in acute care and your future plans
- Completion of National Practitioner Data Bank form
- Completion of Release of Information form
Send any required documents that are not submitted online to:
Zafar Ahmad, PA-C, MS
Hospitalist Physician Assistant
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Missouri, School of Medicine
One Hospital Drive
Columbia MO, 65212
- Interviews: The selection committee carefully reviews each application. Individuals considered for an appointment are invited for an in-person interview.
- Acceptance: Candidates selected for the fellowship will be contacted by phone, followed by an acceptance letter. If you receive an acceptance letter, your reply is expected within 10 days.
- 20 days paid time off FMLA leave
- Malpractice Insurance
- BLS and ACLS certification
- All meals provided (Physician Lounge)
- Medical Insurance
- Disability, Dental, and Vision Insurance
- Paid membership to Society of Hospital Medicine
- Paid trip to Society of Hospital Medicine Conference
- Paid SHM SPARK 2 Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine Exam Prep
For more information about employee benefits, please contact the Human Resources Department at (573) 882-8186.