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Army Training Requirements and Resource System (ATRRS)

  1. Information regarding both courses is available through the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/. The ATRRS site can be accessed through AKO but is most easily accessed directly through the link provided.
  2. On the ATRRS home page, find the Course Catalog window in the upper right corner. The courses' official designations are:
    1. Course 6H-A0627, Emergency Medicine Physician Assist Basic Skills, a two-week resident course.
    2. Course 081-EMPA, Emergency Medicine PA Basic Studies Course, a correspondence course.
  3. Course 6H-A0627, Emergency Medicine Physician Assist Basic Skills
    1. Course dates. Up to date course dates can be obtained by contacting EMPABAMC@amedd.army.mil.
    2. Course prerequisites. Effective 11/14/2003, completion of introduction to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Explosive (CBRNE), 081-CBRNE-W is mandatory before registering for any Professional Postgraduate Short Course Programs (PPSCP) course. Introduction to CBRNE can be located at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/ under ATRRS channel directory, select self-development.
    3. Course eligibility. Active Duty Army Physician Assistant (65D). Physician Assistants of the reserve components, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and Bureau of Prisons may attend on a space available basis. Completion of the Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Basic Studies Correspondence course is strongly encouraged.
    4. Course Scope. Effective as of 11/14/2004. This course reviews internal medicine, general surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, neurology, and emergency medicine. Emphasis is on the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for initial evaluation, management, and disposition of emergency patients.
    5. Transportation Information.
      1. Fort Sam Houston is located in the heart of San Antonio TX. The International Airport is located approximately 10 miles from the post. A Military Assistance booth is located inside the terminal and staffed from 0530 hours through the last arriving flight of the day, seven days a week. Taxi service is available to and from the post.
      2. Commercial bus service is located in downtown San Antonio with taxi service available to and from the post.
      3. Commercial taxi service is available on a 24-hour basis on and around post.
      4. At least one student per class will be reimbursed for POV or rental car, as applicable, with mileage, to facilitate transportation of all students between SAMMC and the Guesthouse.
    6. Billeting. Students will stay at the Fort Sam Houston Guesthouse, building 592 or other suitable billeting if space at the guesthouse is not available. Call (210) 357-2705 x5010 at your earliest opportunity to make/confirm room reservations.
    7. Messing. Adequate dining facilities are available for all personnel at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) mess hall.
    8. Uniforms. The Army Combat Uniform (ACU) is the normal prescribed duty uniform for all classes. SCRUBS are permissible for clinical shifts and laboratory and are available at SAMMC. The Army PT uniform with running shoes is required for all Army personnel training during morning PT hours. PT is conducted informally on your own during the course. AF Form 538 must accompany Air Force personnel.
    9. Reporting
      1. Orders. Bring at least seven (7) copies. Student personnel are cautioned to carefully read their orders prior to reporting with privately owned vehicles (POVs). Failure to do so may result in personal inconvenience and/or financial hardships.
      2. All students report to SAMMC, Department of Emergency Medicine, room 143-31, at 0700 hours the first day of class.
    10. Fund Cites. Fund cites are normally provided to students approximately 30 days prior to start date of course. Further assistance can be obtained from the Central Training Program Branch, Department of Health Education and Training, AMEDDC&S, at (210) 221-9428 or DSN 471-9428.
    11. For specific information pertaining to any AMEDD numbered course, contact the Commanding General, AMEDDC&S, MCCS-HST (Registrar Services and Training Management Branch), 2250 Stanley Road, Suite 235, FT Sam Houston TX 78234-6150. Call (210) 221-7349 or 8441 or DSN 471-7349/8441.
    12. Useful phone numbers:
      1. EMPA Residency Program Director and Basic Skills Course Director: 210-916-3598, DSN 429
      2. Fort Sam Houston Billeting: (210) 357-2705 x5010
      3. ARNG Liaison Officer (210) 221-7320
      4. USAR Liaison Officer (210) 221-6342
  4. 081-EMPA, Emergency Medicine PA Basic Studies Course
    1. Course Eligibility. Effective as of 4/1/2000. Open to all U.S. Armed Forces and Federal agency personnel. Affiliation with the American Association of Physician Assistant is required for nonmilitary enrollees.
    2. Course Scope. Effective as of 4/1/2000. To direct the Physician Assistant toward the level of professional competence required to function in the area of medical treatment. This is an independent study program. Student must obtain the text: Emergency Medicine, A Comprehensive Study Guide, American College of Emergency Physicians, Fifth Edition.
    3. To enroll in the EMPA Basic Studies course:
      1. go to https://www.atrrs.army.mil/
      2. in the box on the right lower corner select "self development" (it's fourth from the bottom)
      3. on the next page enter the course number: 081-EMPA
    4. For further assistance, contact the Nonresident Instruction Branch, AMEDDC&S, ATTN: MCCS-HSN, 2105 11th Street, Bldg 4191, Bay A, Fort Sam Houston TX 78234-6199, commercial 210-221-5877, DSN 471-5877, or toll free 1-800-344-2380, email accp@amedd.army.mil. Last updated 18 Sep 08.
  5. New Mandatory Requirements:
    1. In December 2001, The Army Surgeon General and AMEDDC&S Commander set a goal to include Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical training in every AMEDDC&S numbered course, to include PPSCP training. All PPSCP courses starting after 9 March 2002 will include Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Explosive (CBRNE) course content.
    2. All applicants must complete Internet Course 081-CBRNE-W, Introduction to CBRNE. Apply at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/, under self-development. Instructions are provided when the application is accepted. Completing this training is a requirement before any PPSCP course enrollment. Non-Resident Instruction Branch will provide course Project Officers the names of individuals who have completed CBRNE training.
  6. Professional Postgraduate Short Course Programs fund cite requests.
    1. Request for attendance MUST be sent NLT 60 days before the start date of the requested course.
    2. Applicants should contact the program director for the course they want to attend.
    3. Active Component soldiers interested in the SAMMC program should apply by submitting DA Form 3838 to:

      Department Of The Army
      Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency
      ATTN: MCHE-EMS (EM PA Basic Skills Course)
      Department Of Emergency Medicine
      San Antonio Military Medical Center
      3551 Roger Brooke Drive
      Fort Sam Houston, Texas 78234-6200

      Program Manager
      Office (210) 916-3598
      DSN Prefix 429
      Fax (210) 916-2265
    4. Army National Guard soldiers apply on National Guard Bureau (NGB) Form 64 and send to:

      Army National Guard Readiness Center
      Office of the Army Surgeon (NSB-ARS)
      111 South George Mason Drive
      Arlington, Virginia 22204-1382
      FAX: (703) 607-7187
    5. Army Reserve soldiers apply through unit training channels on DA Form 1058 to:

      1 Reserve Way
      St. Louis MO 63132-5200
      1-800-325-4729 Option 7 (314) 592-0444
      Fax: (314) 592-0433

      Phone DSN: 471-0144
      Commercial: (210) 221-0144
      DSN: 471-2832
      Fax: (210) 221-2832
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