Physician Assistant Post-Graduate Residency in Primary Care - W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center - Salisbury, NC
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W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center - Salisbury, NC


Physician Assistant Post-Graduate Residency in Primary Care

Physician Assistant Post-Graduate Residency in Primary Care


The mission of the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center / Physician Assistant Residency in Primary Care is to graduate PAs who demonstrate clinical expertise in Primary Care. Participation in the PA Residency will allow residents to develop effective clinical skills, time to identify areas of clinical interest or specialty, and means to put their medical knowledge into practice. This will include development of strong leadership skills, ethics, professionalism in working with Veterans, colleagues, and participation in the education of PA students. The goal is to provide additional clinical training for applicants as they care for the health needs of Veterans in the Salisbury and surrounding communities.



Training for the year-long residency occurs at Salisbury VA Health Care System to expand experiences in both clinical and academic environments. The residents will be exposed to basic core curriculum rotations that will emphasize basic primary care principles. The training will also include Resident’s preference in the selection of clinical electives after core requirements are met. Training is provided at inpatient and outpatient medical and mental health clinics, to include local CBOCs or Health Care centers. Residents will have daily mentorship and supervision by outstanding physician or mid-level provider faculty. As the curriculum progresses, PA Residents gain valued clinical experience and confidence to practice in a wide range of clinical specialties and settings. Objectives

The overriding goal of the program is to provide additional medical education to assure that our PA residents will, by completion of the residency, exhibit competency in the following six areas: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, and Systems-Based Practice through increased mastery of knowledge, skills and attitudes required to function as a Primary Care provider within the VA and other settings. Upon meeting all program requirements, PA Resident will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Salisbury VA Health Care System.


  • Generous stipend: $74,991 for 2018-19, Master’s level trainee
  • VA Holidays, sick leave (13 days), annual leave (13 days)
  • Eligible for health, vision, dental and life insurance
  • Liability coverage
  • Potential for Education Debt Reduction Program

Educational Components

  • PA Residency didactic lecture series
  • Service-based specialty lecture content
  • Grand Rounds/ Conferences
  • Affiliation with Wake Forest PA program: one-time lecture to PA students
  • Faculty mentorship and supervision in clinical training
  • Required “My Life, My Story” and “Whole Health” participation 
Residents complete Core Clinical Rotations to include:
  • Cardiology/ Pulmonary Medicine
  • Hospitalist/Internal Medicine
  • ER/Urgent Care
  • Primary Care (PACT) model, (to include Women’s health & Mental Health)
  • Geriatrics/ Palliative Care/ Hospice
  • Neurology/ Pain Management
  • Gastroenterology

Additional Elective Rotations include:

  • Dermatology/ Immunology
  • Optometry/Ophthalmology/ENT
  • Hematology/ Oncology
  • Orthopedics/Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Home Based Primary Care
  • Nephrology
  • Infectious Disease (focus on HIV & HCV)
  • Urology
  • Mental Health (substance abuse, PTSD, acute inpatient, or outpatient)   
  • Surgery clinic
  • Sleep Medicine

Admission Requirements

Qualified applicants must have each of the following by the time of application:

  • Graduation or anticipated graduation from an ARC-PA accredited PA Program
  • Certification by NCCPA
  • US citizenship

Required documents include: transcripts from PA program and any graduate-level programs, documentation of NCCPA certification or eligibility, two letters of recommendation, personal essay. Competitive applicants will be interviewed.   *If accepted, students must graduate and receive board certification before beginning residency.

Applications are being accepted & positions filled as slots become available.

Please contact:

Susan Bollom, PA-C, Residency Program Director
Post-Graduate Physician Assistant Residency in Primary Care
W.G. (Bill) Hefner Veterans Affairs Medical Center
1601 Brenner Ave Salisbury, NC 28144
Tel: 704-638-9000, extensions 13092 Mon, 13026 Tue-Fri  
Email: ( or


Key Faculty

Susan Bollom, PA-C, Residency Program Director
Robin A, Hurley, MD, ACOS of Research & Academic Affairs, FANPA, Professor at WFSM
Frank Labagnara, DO, Director of Medical Education, Professor at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine


Salisbury VA Physician Assistant Alumni are invited to email to connect with PA colleagues, update their work experience, or share their program insight with new applicants.


Susan Bollom, PA-C
PA Residency Program Director