Didactic and Clinical Components:


Over 12 months, the resident will:

  • Rotate through a combination of the Level One Trauma Center’s ICUs, ED, OR, and other specialized care departments, including an elective month.
  • Participate in clinical research.
  • Participate in ICU lecture series, trauma conferences, trauma service journal clubs, and all facility trauma rounds, trauma surgical floor rounds, trauma clinics, and ATLS.
  • Follow a defined curriculum consisting of didactic and clinical objectives to achieve every month. The curriculum will adhere to the APPAP Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the physician assistant (ARC-PA) standards.

Goals and Objectives:


The purpose of the residency is to provide specialty training for post-graduate physician assistants and nurse practitioners. The collaboration of PA and NP roles is a unique attribute of the Intermountain Medical Center Trauma Service model.

The core critical care trauma surgeon physician group is dedicated to the advancement of PA and NP roles as well as post-graduate training. The goals of the program are:

  • Provide specialty training for post-graduate physician assistants and nurse practitioners. 
  • Promote and advance the Advanced Practice Clinician–a term used to describe PAs and NPs role in the Trauma and Critical Care specialty. 
  • Promote the collaboration of the APCs in the Trauma and Critical Care specialty. The collaboration of the PA and NP roles, as well as the core critical care trauma surgeon dedication to advancement of this role, is a unique attribute of the Intermountain Medical Center Trauma Service model. 
  • Utilize the Intermountain Healthcare strengths and outstanding reputation for best practice for all patients as groundwork for education of the APCs in the residency. 
  • Establish the residency as a competitive and leadership-enhancing program.
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