The UPMC Critical Care Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Residency is a 12 month postgraduate training program for APPs sponsored by the UPMC Department of Critical Care Medicine. This program is designed to attract and provide advanced training in critical care medicine to highly motivated physician assistants (PAs) and certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs). Based on the Department’s Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program (MCCTP) for physicians, the residents will train alongside their physician counterparts to learn intensive care medicine across a broad patient population including medical, general/cardiac/specialty surgical, trauma, solid organ transplant, and neurocritical care among others.
In 2011, the UPMC Department of Critical Care Medicine began hiring APPs to supplement the existing house staff throughout the ICUs on the Oakland campus. CRNPs with a background in critical care medicine or critical care nursing were the first hired to staff the ICUs. As a mechanism initially to train PAs without prior dedicated critical care experience, Dr. Scott Gunn and Mitch Kampmeyer, PA-C developed the residency program based on the Department’s MCCTP, the first physician fellowship in critical care medicine nationwide founded in 1963. In 2012, the residency began as a PA postgraduate program and became the first postgraduate training program of any specialty for APPs in the UPMC system or western Pennsylvania. By the second year of the residency a second position was created and the first CRNP was accepted.
The goals of our program are to recruit high-quality, motivated advanced practice providers; provide residents with world-class training in critical care medicine based on current scientific knowledge of the field; provide residents with a unique critical care learning experience tailored to his/her professional interests and goals and to develop efficient, knowledgeable and confident providers capable of effective patient management within his/her scope of practice.
Scott Gunn, MD, Medical Director
Tina Day, ACNP-BC, Program Director
Christa Cox, PA-C, Program Co-Director
Please contact Tina Day for additional program information.