Physician Assistant (PA) Students
Our world-class providers train the next generation of physician assistants (PAs). You’ll practice medicine in partnership with our advanced practice providers invested in your education as you begin your career improving patients’ lives.
Advance your education and skills through clinical placement at Gundersen after a year of didactic education in University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Physician Assistant Program or equivalent program at your institution. During your year-long clinical placement, you’ll gain hands-on experience in physical exams, diagnostics, professional development and more.
If you’re enrolled in UW-L's PA program, your clinical experience involves required 4-week rotations in General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Behavioral Health. You’ll then choose an additional 4 rotations to tailor your experience to your career goals.
If you’re joining Gundersen from another institution, you can rotate through Endocrinology, Pulmonary, Hematology/Oncology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Orthopedics and more.
As a UW-L student or a visiting PA, you’ll gain experience in:
- Documenting medical history
- Conducting physical exams
- Diagnosing and treating illnesses
- Ordering and interpreting tests
- Developing treatment plans
- Assisting in surgery
- Writing prescriptions
- Making rounds
- Performing clinical research
If you’re a current PA student at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (UW-L), we will work with UW-L for your placement in a PA clinical program.
If you’re a current PA student at an institution other than UW-L, we encourage you to apply for a clinical rotation at Gundersen, at least 4 months in advance, by clicking the ‘Apply now’ button.
What sets us apart
Our physician-led, integrated system spans 7 hospitals and 65 clinics in neighboring communities to provide primary and specialty care to patients in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.
Life at Gundersen
Around here, loving your job is part of the job. But, it's more than just medicine. It’s people like you who make life at Gundersen amazing.
Together, we are something extraordinary. Inside Gundersen, you’ll find a supportive and respectful culture that empowers you to flourish and make a positive impact.
We’re here to answer your questions about our program.