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Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant (EMPA) Fellowship

Gundersen’s skilled staff provides 24/7 emergency care to our patients. Our Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship is your opportunity to join them. You’ll learn from our board-certified emergency physicians and physician assistants who are passionate about teaching at our Level II Trauma Center, rural emergency departments and with our ground and air emergency crews. You’ll graduate a skilled and compassionate provider prepared to deliver emergency medicine in any setting.

How to apply


We're here to advance your knowledge and skills through hands-on training in our emergency rooms and at our world-class education center. During your 18 months with us, you’ll work in our urban and rural emergency departments, cycling through Anesthesia, Obstetrics, MICU, SICU, PICU, Interventional Radiology and EMS rotations. We offer ATLS, ACLS, PALS and NRP certifications.

We designed our program using guidelines set forth and published by the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Clinical Postgraduate Program status to the Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship sponsored by Gundersen Medical Foundation.  

GundersenAIR medical helicopter

Learning environment

Gundersen’s Level II Trauma Center in La Crosse includes nationally recognized Stroke and Chest Pain Centers. It handles more than 65,000 emergency and urgent care visits each year. Emergency Services includes 45 patient exam rooms, 5 trauma rooms, 10 Urgent Care rooms and 3 Behavioral Health rooms. To enhance your training, you’ll also care for patients in rural emergency departments, spend time with GundersenAIR and Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance, as well as participate in a wilderness medicine conference.


We offer paid medical premiums, funds for educational expenses, a meal stipend and more benefits to support you during your fellowship.

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Family statue outside Gundersen's La Crosse hospital.

Fellow life at Gundersen

We’re focused on your professional development, and your personal growth and wellness. We support our fellows through the physically, emotionally and intellectually challenging fellowship period so you retain your compassion for patients and passion for emergency medicine while living your best life. Some of the ways we encourage work-life balance and well-being is by:  

  • Offering affordable fellow housing steps from our flagship medical center in La Crosse  
  • Building in longitudinal time for personal wellness and engaging fellow team-building activities 
  • Supporting volunteerism and outreach to help you – and our communities – thrive 
Aerial view of Gundersen La Crosse campus and river.

Our renowned system

Rooted in La Crosse, Wis., with our primary medical campus, our integrated medical system spans 3 states and includes more than 65 clinics and 6 critical access hospitals. Our 500+ providers deliver world-class medical care combined with the right amount of love. We call it love + medicine. La Crosse is home to more than 50,000 residents and offers the perks of small-town living with the arts, culture and entertainment of larger cities – all while boasting some of the most scenic landscapes in the country.   

Why our fellows chose us

Why Gundersen

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Call La Crosse Home

We have it all in La Crosse, Wis. Our vibrant city and region support your dream lifestyle with a welcoming community, culture and outdoor adventure.

Explore La Crosse
Single family home near Gundersen's campus.


Steps from our flagship medical center in La Crosse, our housing options allow you to enjoy the company of your family and the comradery of your colleagues.

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Residents kayaking the Kickapoo river.

Prioritizing Your Wellness

As you learn how to become the clinician you aspire to be, we’ll provide space to prioritize your mind and body wellness, and reach the work-life balance you need.

Wellness opportunities
Contact our team

We’re here to answer your questions. 

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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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