Surgical Physician Assistant Residency

Expert Training for Tomorrow's Critical Care Specialists

A postgraduate residency is a wonderful way to attain additional training and skills. At WakeMed Health & Hospitals, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality, evidence-based care for our patients. Participants in the Postgraduate Residency Program receive the intense clinical and didactic training necessary to gain proficiency and marketability in the areas of trauma, surgical critical care, general and orthopaedic surgery.

Program Faculty

Our Physician Assistant Residency Program faculty includes board-certified trauma and critical care surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Participants will also train with a diverse health care team including surgical residents and interns from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Program Mission & Vision

The WakeMed Physician Assistant (PA) Residency Program is dedicated to innovation and the future of medicine by creating proficient and dedicated physician assistants capable of administering exceptional patient care. We strive to remain at the forefront of PA education by providing licensed physician assistants with the knowledge and technical skills required to excel in the surgical subspecialties.


Program Overview

  • Four three-month rotations in trauma, general surgery, surgical critical care and orthopaedic surgery
  • Training in a Level I Trauma Center
  • Stipend and full benefits package including food vouchers for on call duties
  • Duty hours are typical of surgical residents and follow ACGME guidelines

Didactic Curriculum

Didactic curriculum is offered in a variety of methods, including:

  • Mortality and Morbidity Conference
  • Educational Lectures & Seminars weekly
  • One-on-one Education
  • ATLS, ACLS, BLS, PALS certifications provided

Clinical Curriculum

PA Residents will train with a diverse team alongside surgical interns and are expected to achieve similar levels of proficiency in clinical capabilities. Clinical curriculum settings include:

  • Inpatient
  • Operative
  • Pre- and Post-operative
  • Intensive Care
  • Outpatient Clinic

Admission Information

  • One resident accepted per year with the next available start date of September 2016
  • Application deadline: April 1, 2016

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Strong interest in trauma, critical care, general surgery, orthopaedics
  • Graduate of or on track to graduate from an ARC-PA accredited PA program
  • Bachelor’s degree or additional advanced degree prior to matriculation
  • Obtain NCCPA certifications and NC medical license prior to matriculation into the program
  • Complete WakeMed application and Human Resources requirements, including personal statement, CV, transcripts, copies of certifications and diplomas, and three letters of reference
  • Obtain WakeMed Medical Staff privileges prior to matriculation

For More Information

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3024 New Bern Avenue, Suite 304
Raleigh, NC 27610

Phone: 919-350-8729
Fax: 919-350-7633
Email: paresidency@wakemed.org