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Physician Assistant Post-Graduate Residency in Urology

Mission - Our mission is to provide a broad-based educational experience whereby a certified physician assistant is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of urological conditions. The physician assistant resident program will emphasize patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism. Training is provided in a well-established academic university, national cancer institute and associated hospitals, focusing on intellectual stimulation, surgical skills and evidence-based medicine. Objectives include exposure to patients in an outpatient, inpatient and surgical settings, with peri-operative care, to promote and enable the resident to gain the confidence and experience necessary to practice in a urology setting of their choice.

Program Description - Physician Assistant residents will rotate through a variety of settings: outpatient clinics, outpatient surgery and procedures, operating room and inpatient service. Rotation sites are currently in the Emory University Hospital, The Emory Clinic and Winship Cancer Institute and include both clinical and didactic components. The Emory School of Medicine is affiliated with multiple area hospitals including Grady Memorial Hospital (a level 1 trauma center), Emory Midtown Hospital, Saint Josephs Hospital and the Atlanta Veterans Medical Center. There may be educational opportunities at the affiliated hospitals. The Emory System utilizes and supports physician assistants, moreover, the Emory University Physician Assistant Program consistently rated within the top five programs for over ten years by U.S. News & World Report.

This 12-month full-time program leads to a residency certificate upon successful completion. Two residents are selected each year, one to start in the Spring and one to start in the Fall. The resident will receive a competitive stipend with 26 days of personal time for vacation, holidays and sick leave. Benefits include professional liability insurance, life insurance, lab coats and parking. Additional benefit options offered include medical and dental insurance, prescription medication plan, supplemental life insurance, personal accidental insurance, short term and long term disability, retirement program, and flexible spending accounts for health and child care expenses. Housing will be the responsibility of the resident, however, the location will need to be in close proximity to the Emory campus and hospital as Call is at-home-call.

Curriculum - The curriculum is based on adult urology although there will be limited exposure to pediatric urology in the didactic component. There are didactic and clinical components. Clinical duties include history and physical examinations, writing patient orders and progress notes, hospital rounds and consultations, call, ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies, assisting in the operating room and performing procedures. The PA residents will be trained under the supervisison of a team of experienced urology faculty and specialty providers. Didactic duties include assigned reading, guest lectures, Attending Rounds, Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Tumor Board, Didactic Conference, Journal Club and annual conferences put on by the Department of Urology, Georgia Urological Association and Atlanta Urological Society. Areas of study include, but are not limited to, the following: andrology, urolithiasis, shockwave lithotripsy, cystoscopy, ureteroscopy, transrectal ultrasound, prostate biopsy, penile dopplers, infertility, erectile dysfunction, female urology, laparoscopic/robotic surgery, cystoscopy, urologic oncology, trauma, incontinence and urodynamics. There will be exposure to other fields with which we work closely, such as radiation oncology, medical oncology, interventional radiology, and wound and ostomy care. There may be an opportunity to individualize the curriculum to a particular area of interest.

Eligibility Criteria
• Graduate of an accredited PA Program with a minimum GPA of 3.0
• Official transcripts from Physician Assistant Program
• Eligible to sit for or have passed PANCE by time of acceptance to the program
• Bachelors degree, however Masters degree preferred
• Official NCCPA exam scores (if already certified)
• Eligible for Georgia state physician assistant license
• Completed Application Form
• Completed Evaluation Form (three references)

  Program Start Date



  Application Deadline

Nov 1

May 1





Feb 1

Aug 1

Faculty & Contact Information
Chad W. M. Ritenour, MD
John G. Pattaras, MD
Tania Wieker Solomon, MMSC, PA-c
Emory Urology PA Residency Program
1365 Clifton Road, NE, Building B, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322
(404) 778-4898
(404) 778-4336 (Fax)