Surgical Critical Care APP Fellowship

Mission

Our mission is to prepare Acute Care Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants (Advanced Practice Providers, APPs) to practice in the specialty of surgical critical care medicine as members of a multidisciplinary team. This transition-to-practice fellowship program focuses on developing competency and confidence above the level of their formal education while in a protected learning environment.

Program Objectives

The one year NTCC fellowship prepares the APP to be a well-rounded provider, leader and resource within the healthcare team. In addition to scheduled simulation labs, case presentations and team learning discussions, fellows experience real-time patient care as licensed APPs in various patient care units with a gradual ease into independence. Our program combines a highly detailed competency-based curriculum with hands-on learning in the critical care setting. Each fellow graduate is equipped with crucial experience in many specialty-specific rotations and procedures, as well as an established network of providers within other specialties.

Goals of the Fellowship

  • Empower the APP to practice intense critical thinking and plan of care development for each patient population
  • Encourage a platform to enable APPs to practice at the greatest extent of their licensure
  • Safe performance of specific procedural competencies
  • Expand the APP’s knowledge of evidenced-based practice and medical knowledge
  • Develop basic research techniques and guidance through research projects
  • Education on guideline creation, process development, and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Development of professional, interpersonal, communication and resiliency skills to ensure a long successful career

Program Details

Length of Program: 12 months
Time Commitment: 60-80hrs/week
APP Fellow Cohort Size: 2 APP Fellows per session
Fellow required rotations include:

  • Cardiothoracic ICU
  • Transplant/Thoracic ICU
  • Surgical Trauma ICU
  • Skills workshop

Fellow elective rotations include:

  • Nephrology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Anesthesia
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

The remaining time is spent on scholarly pursuits; these months tend to fall during the latter parts of the training period, allowing trainees to experience different aspects of critical care before making a decision about academic projects on which they would like to work.

Credentials Awarded

Certificate of completion

Procedural Skills Gained:

  • E-FAST & Point of Care Ultrasound capabilities
  • Intubations
  • Central Line placement
  • Arterial LIne Placement
  • Chest tube insertion/thoracentesis
  • Bronchoscopy
  • ECMO Cannulation/Wire Assistant
  • Assistant with Percutaneous Trachestomy/PEG placement

Benefits:

  • Competitive Fellowship salary
  • Health insurance coverage covered at 100%
  • Dental insurance coverage covered at 100%
  • Life insurance policy
  • Short Term Disability insurance coverage
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • 2 weeks vacation/year
  • CME/Book stipend
  • Reimbursement for Board Certification/Licensure/DEA fees


Requirements:

  • Proof of Completion of an accredited nurse practitioner master’s or doctoral program or physician assistant program prior to the start of the fellowship
  • Education Transcripts
  • BLS and ACLS card (must be American Heart Association, health care provider issued)
  • TX Licensure or proof of eligibility as ACNP, AG-ACNP, or PA
  • DEA Licensure
  • National Board Certification or proof of eligibility
  • Acceptable criminal background check


To Apply

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three reference forms (one from program faculty, one from MD, one from ICU preceptor)
  • One-page statement of interest in postgraduate fellowship training (including 5-10 year career goals)