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PA program helps start veterans residency program

Marquette University's Department of Physician Assistant Studies is partnering with the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee to offer a new Physician Assistant Primary Care Residency Program. This year-long program, which is one of six in the nation and one of only two in the Midwest, will start July 1 and provide advanced training in primary care with unique emphasis on providing specialized, patient-centered care to the veteran population. It's part of a three-year pilot funded by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

As the VA partner, Marquette's PA program will assist with recruitment and admissions as well as provide additional training through its postgraduate emergency medicine program. The goal is for the program to transform the VAs primary care delivery system to one that is patient-centered, continuous, team based, efficient, comprehensive and coordinated.

"With the support of the university and collaboration with the physician assistant studies program, the VA will be positioned to provide an in-depth, focused PA residency to train physician assistant residents in management of common acute and chronic conditions seen in veteran patients," says Mary Jo Wiemiller, chair of Marquette's PA program in the College of Health Sciences.

Clinical rotational settings for the two resident positions in Milwaukee will include primary care, including a continuity clinic within a VA Patient Aligned Care Team, cardiology, geriatrics, emergency medicine, behavioral medicine, pain management, home care and spinal cord injury rehab, along with other medical subspecialties, surgical electives and procedural clinic opportunities. Residents will receive specialized instruction in important topics relevant to veterans, including hepatitis C, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain Injury, military culture and women in the military culture. PA residents will also learn the VA's computerized patient record system and receive training in quality improvement and patient safety.

To learn more, contact Program Director Krista Berner, PA-C, at or (414) 384-2000, ext. 41747.


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Marquette University Physician Assistant Studies
1700 Building, 1700 W. Wells St.
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881

Phone: (414) 288-5688
FAX: (414) 288-7951