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AAEM and AAEM/RSA Position Statement on Emergency Medicine Training Programs for Physician Assistants (PAs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs)

AAEM and AAEM/RSA are aware that academic and other emergency departments sponsor additional training for PAs and NPs.  We believe the following is in the best interest of the patient and our specialty.

AAEM and AAEM/RSA recommendations for emergency medicine based training programs for PAs and NPs.

We believe that such programs:

  1. Should be clear to the public by avoiding the use of the following terms: doctor, intern, internship, resident, residency program, fellow, fellowship. 
  2. Should be structured, intended or advertised as to prepare its participants to practice only as members of a physician-led team.
  3. Should not interfere with the educational opportunities of emergency medicine residents and medical students.
  4. Should be initiated with the consultation of the residents and faculty.


Approved February 26, 2020.



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