Advanced Practice Provider Residency


The UPMC Critical Care Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Residency is a 12-month, postgraduate training program for physician assistants and certified registered nurse practitioners interested in advanced training in adult critical care medicine. APP residents train alongside their physician counterparts to gain the in-depth knowledge and technical skills necessary to care for a full range of critically ill patients. Areas of focus include medical critical care, surgical critical care, cardiothoracic diseases, trauma, and transplantation, as well as general care of patients with sepsis, acute respiratory failure, and other forms of critical illness. Residents graduate with a Certificate in Critical Care Medicine, and during training receive a stipend, health insurance coverage, and other benefits.

Eligibility for Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants must be:

  • A graduate of an accredited Physician Assistants program or eligible for graduation at time of interview
  • PANCE certified through National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
  • In possession of an active Pennsylvania physician assistant license

Eligibility for Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners must be:

  • A graduate of an accredited Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program (Master’s or Doctoral) or eligible for graduation at time of interview
  • Board certified (e.g. ANCC, AANP)
  • In possession of an active Pennsylvania nurse practitioner license


Applications for the APP Residency are accepted through the UPMC Talent Acquisition portal where you will also learn more about working as an APP for the Department of Critical Care Medicine.

Deadline to apply for the APP Residency is January 31 prior to the start year.

In addition to the online application, please submit the following materials by email to banetr [at] (Tina Day).

  • Personal statement of no more than two double-spaced pages indicating your career goals and objectives and the reasons for your interest in advanced critical care training
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation, one from a current program director or clinical coordinator. If greater than two years since graduation, one from the most recent supervising/collaborating physician
  • BLS and ACLS certificates


In-person interviews typically occur in January and February. Highly qualified applicants will be contacted by our Office of Education to schedule an interview date.

After Acceptance

We will contact successful candidates in March.

Our multidisciplinary training program employs a mix of hands-on clinical experience, interactive workshops, medical simulation, and didactic education.

Learning Objectives

Residents obtain hands-on clinical experience and advanced instruction in:

  • Management of acute cerebrovascular disease, shock, sepsis, acute respiratory failure, acute kidney injury, and other critical illness syndromes
  • Pathophysiology of critical illness, including advanced neurological monitoring, cardiopulmonary physiology, hemodynamic monitoring, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Care of patients with acute neurological conditions, multisystem organ failure, acute infection, traumatic injury, and post-surgical critical illness
  • Communication skills, including patient and family interaction, end-of-life care, and care of the geriatric patient
  • Mechanical ventilation, extra-corporeal life support, intracranial neurological monitoring, and point-of-care ultrasound
  • ICU procedures including endotracheal intubation, central venous catheterization, and chest-tube placement

Special Activities

Unique educational activities include:

  • Hands-on simulation workshops including difficult airway management, central venous catheterization, chest tube placement, neurological devices, and point-of-care ultrasound
  • Critical Care Leadership and Professionalism Course to develop knowledge and skills necessary to conduct teaching rounds, deliver feedback, direct an ICU, understand healthcare economics, negotiate for jobs, and succeed as an academic or clinical leader
  • A three-day Critical Care Communication Course providing state-of-the-art training in end-of-life discussions with family members using trained actors
  • Weekly interactive lectures in which trainees learn from international experts in the field
  • Weekly department-wide educational conferences including Journal Club, Grand Rounds, and Morbidity & Mortality conference

Residents receive 12 months of critical care training structured around 13, four-week ICU rotations. Two of the 13 rotations are electives chosen by the resident and may be off-service or in an ICU of their choice.

  • Surgical ICU - 1 block
  • Surgical-Trauma ICU - 1 block
  • Neurotrauma ICU - 1 block
  • Neurovascular ICU - 1 block
  • Cardiothoracic ICU - 1 block
  • Transplant ICU - 1 block
  • Magee Women’s Hospital ICU - 1 block
  • Mercy Medical ICU - 1 block
  • Electives/Off-service rotations - 2 blocks
  • Additional rotations as directed by the program directors – 3 blocks

For inquiries about the APP Residency, please contact banetr [at] (Tina Day, DNP, ACNP-BC), Program Director


APP Residency Directors

Scott Gunn, MD
Medical Director

banetr [at] (Tina Day, DNP, ACNP-BC)
Program Director

coxce [at] (Christa Cox, PA-C)
Program Co-Director