Hospital Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship

University of Missouri School of Medicine & MU Health Care
Boone County, MO
Closing date
Dec 5, 2023

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Doctors, Pharmaceutical, Physicians/Nurses
Organization Type
HOSPITAl MEDICINE Physician Assistant Fellowship

University of Missouri School of Medicine, Department of Hospital Medicine offers a 12-month postgraduate Physician Assistant Fellowship in Hospital Medicine.

Hospitalists are dedicated inpatient care teams and an integral part of most hospitals across the United States. Our fellowship program is designed to develop Physician Assistants who are equipped to thrive on a busy hospitalist service. The program strives to imbue a strong fund of knowledge in adult hospital medicine, which will allow the program graduate to practice in an inpatient setting with a high level of skill and autonomy.

Practicing hospital medicine on one of our PA teams, the learner will admit, treat, and discharge patients with a broad range of complex medical conditions. Physician Assistant Fellows will work alongside our group of experienced hospitalist Physician Assistants and be directly trained and supervised by attending physicians committed to providing clinical education.

Direct Patient Care:

We believe that the best way to learn medicine is to see patients and treat them. With this goal in mind our PA fellow teaching teams work in direct rotation with the medicine resident teaching teams. Using a drip rotation system, our two PA fellow teams and four medicine resident teams take turns, in a "next up" order, receiving patients being admitted or transferred to the hospitalist service. This method ensures a diverse group of complex and challenging patients for which our hospitalist PA fellows have the privilege of providing excellent patient care. PA fellow patient care takes place under watchful guidance of dedicated attending physicians, with bedside rounds and tabletop teaching.

Didactic Learning Opportunities:

While direct patient care is our focus, didactic learning opportunities are abundant in our program. These include:
  • Weekly PA Fellow Lecture Series.
  • Weekly Department of Medicine Grand Rounds.
  • Medical Resident Noon Conferences Series.
  • Monthly PA Fellows Journal Club.
Specialty Rotations:

To enhance the broad spectrum of knowledge utilized in hospitalist medicine hospitalist PA fellows spend one to two weeks on inpatient specialty service rotations. Working alongside the medical residents, the PA fellows are assigned patients, and are educated by expert attending physicians in the area of specialty.
  • Palliative Care Team
  • Hospitalist Nocturnist Team
  • Infectious Disease Service
  • Cardiology Service
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • Elective Rotation
Hospitalist Division Specialty Services:

UM Hospitalist Division includes several specialty services that present additional learning opportunities for interested learners.
  • Integrated Medicine Unit:
    • Twenty-four-bed medical unit that focuses on the needs of patients with both medical and psychiatry conditions.
    • PA-Physician team works closely with providers from Missouri University Psychiatric Center, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, to provide care for this special patient population.
  • Orthopedic Post-Operative Co-Management Service:
    • Collaborating with the orthopedic surgeons and surgical residents at Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, the hospitalist PA-Physician team provides co-management and consult services for inpatients following elective orthopedic surgery.
  • Hematology/Oncology Team:
    • Dedicated hospitalist team serves as the primary admitting service for hematology/oncology patients.
    • Working in conjunction with consulting hematology/oncology physicians, the combines services provide high quality care for the special needs of patients with cancer or hematologic conditions.
  • Hospitalist In-patient Consult Service:
    • Providing on request additional input for patients admitted to other service lines.

Ideally situated to provide ample learning opportunities, University Hospital is a 300-bed facility in Columbia, Missouri. It serves as central Missouri's only Level I trauma center and as a tertiary referral center for much of mid-Missouri. University Hospital is located on the University of Missouri campus, along with its academic partners, the School of Medicine, the Sinclair School of Nursing, and the School of Health Professions. The hospital is located near the center of Mizzou's campus and is in close proximity to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, and Missouri University Psychiatric Center. As part of an academic medical center, University Hospital is host to many physician residencies, physician fellowship and PA fellowship programs.


Physician Assistant Fellowship in Hospitalist Medicine Curriculum is based on resources from the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Core Competencies and the American College of Physicians (ACP)

Program Leadership

Program Director: Heather Matthews, PA-C, MSPAS
  • Member of the Hospitalist Division Leadership Team
  • Physician Assistant with the University of Missouri Hospitalist Group
Medical Director: Catherine Jones, MD, MS, SFHM
  • Director of the University of Missouri Hospitalist Division
  • Professor of Clinical Medicine
  • Medical Director of Post-Acute Care Team & RUSK Rehabilitation
  • Chairperson for the Hospitalist Division Leadership Team
Faculty Advisor: Syed Hasan Naqvi, MD, MBA
  • Professor & Charles E Mengel Faculty Scholar in Internal Medicine
  • Chief Medical Officer-Inpatient, Missouri University Healthcare (MUHC)
  • Medical Director, Clinical and Translational Science Unit (CTSU)
  • School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia

Employees of the University of Missouri and University of Missouri Healthcare are eligible for the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program.

Our Community

Columbia is rated by Forbes magazine as the fifth best small city for business and careers in America and is consistently rated a top place to live by Money Magazine, boasting a low cost of living, a vibrant community, and nationally renowned public schools. Columbia is an ideal college town that combines small-town comforts, and community spirit, with big-city culture, activities, and resources. Our community is energetic and engaged, packed with restaurants and entertainment venues, and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at U.M. System Total Rewards Benefits

Our Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person's success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice-Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Vaccination Statement

After careful consideration of COVID-19 virus trends and the overwhelming evidence of COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness, the School of Medicine, along with MU Health Care, the Sinclair School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions, recently announced the decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations by Oct. 1, 2021, for all employees, unless granted a medical or religious exemption.

All new hires will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to your start date. If you would like to request a medical or religious exemption, you must do so upon acceptance of employment so our team has time to review prior to your scheduled start date. You will not be allowed to begin work until you have submitted proof of vaccination or received an approved medical or religious exemption.

Thank you for helping us to create the safest environment possible for our colleagues, students and our patients by protecting yourself and others through COVID-19 vaccination.

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