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Applying to the Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency

Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from a PA Program approved by the ARC-PA
  • Master's Degree
  • National Certification by the NCCPA. New graduates may receive acceptance pending successful completion of the PANCE.
  • Current DEA license (Applicants will be considered if eligible for DEA license.)
  • Massachusetts PA licensure or eligibility. Must be licensed within 30 days of the program start.
  • All applicants must fulfill Baystate's  Appointment Requirements for Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residents.
  • The PA residency is a 12 month post graduate certificate program. The residency begins on July 1. All applicants must be available to start institutional orientation the last week of June.

Application Dates

  • Applications will be accepted beginning in the October previous to the program start date.
  • Application deadline is February 3, 2017.

Application Process

The application package consists of:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Official copies of college and PA Program transcripts sent directly to the program
  • Three professional letters of recommendation. For new graduates, one letter must be from your PA Program Director.
  • Personal Essay: a one page letter of introduction containing a biography and a statement that describes your reason for pursuing residency training as a physician assistant in Emergency Medicine.

Mail the application package to:

Tara Rivest, Program Administrator
Att: Tala Elia, Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Baystate Medical Center
759 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA 01199


  • After all of your information has been received and the application file is complete, your candidacy will be reviewed by our Admissions Committee and selections will be made for a formal interview. 
  • Interviews are held in February.

Contact for Questions

Tala Elia, MD, Program Director at