Postgraduate PA residency

W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center and Wake Forest School of Medicine
PA Residency Program in Primary Care
Patient Aligned Clinical Teams (PACT)
Located in Salisbury, North Carolina
Application Deadline: July 15, 2014
Program starts September 1, 2014

Accelerate your professional development by participating in the Salisbury VAMC’s Physician Assistant Residency Program. Join our team to work in a stimulating environment serving our veterans as you gain advanced knowledge and skills in the assessment and care of medical conditions common to the veteran population. This residency program is closely affiliated with the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Wake Forest School of Medicine. The year-long program offers PAs structured, supervised experiences in a variety of settings, including outpatient primary care delivered in a state-of-the-art medical home model, home-based primary care, primary care-based mental health, substance abuse, and a variety of medical subspecialty clinics. Salisbury is a lovely, historic town in the Piedmont section of North Carolina, less than one hour from Winston-Salem and Charlotte and an easy drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It offers an excellent cost of living and a rich cultural heritage.

The core curriculum of our PACT residency is based on the key educational principles of self inquiry, applied learning, and service learning. The modules are structured so that residents are introduced to new concepts of patient-centered care, develop these concepts within directed activities and facilitated group discussions, and then reinforce them through reflection and/or application within the PACT setting. The curriculum offers 20 unique educational elements in addition to supervised clinical practice centered on the core concepts of PACT. Additional elective service learning activities provide focused learning complementary to the core curriculum. During electives, the resident will gain a deeper understanding of roles of various healthcare team members, become a more informed coordinator for disease-specific programs, engage in leadership development, and gain clinical skills that will be incorporated into care within PACT. Electives will broaden the PA’s understanding of conditions managed within primary care and when to refer to specialty clinics. The educational experience will be collaboratively delivered by seasoned educators and clinicians from Salisbury VAMC and Wake Forest School of Medicine. The residency provides preparation for leadership in the VHA and for academic careers in teaching and research. There is no tuition, and residents earn a salary.

For more information:
Zachary Hartsell, PA-C
Director of Postgraduate Education


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PA Studies

Phone 336-716-4356
Fax 336-716-4432

Mailing Address:
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Department of PA Studies
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1006 

525 Vine Street, Suite 540
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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