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APP Fellowship Program in Critical Care Medicine

Applications for the 2020-21 fellowship class will be accepted, starting on January 1, 2020.


The APP Fellowship Program in Critical Care Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital is a 12 month post-graduate specialty training program for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. The program is approximately 75% clinical and 25% didactic and includes side-by-side education with the URMC Critical Care Fellowship Program. 

The APP Fellowship includes a core program of critical care medicine and also several specialty rotations. Critical Care rotations include experiences in the Cardiovascular ICU, Burn/Trauma ICU, Surgical ICU, Neuromedicine ICU, and Medical ICU.

Goals of the Fellowship Program

  • It is anticipated that the fellows will show clinical growth, improved clinical confidence and increased preparedness to care for patients in all of these settings, by the completion of the fellowship.
  • Our post graduate NP/PA Fellowship will provide additional skills training, as well as independent mentorship experience in critical care environments for the duration of 12 months.
  • This will be an intensive clinical program which will prepare NP's and PA's to meet the needs of culturally diverse and clinically complex patients that are typical.
  • Fellows will be employees of URMC and will comply with all patient care policies.

Training Methods

Hands on training in all of the following areas

  • SICU
  • MICU
  • ED
  • Rotational Electives
  • Simulation Lab Experiences
  • Ultrasound Course

APP Fellowship Benefits

  • APP Fellows are offered full employee benefits including CME allowance and paid vacation.
  • The Fellowship program includes certifications such as:
    • ACLS
    • ATLS
    • FCCS
    • ABLS
    • ENLS
  • Upon successful completion of the program, Fellows will be offered full-time medical staff positions in one of the Adult ICU’s.

Application Requirements

  • Fellowship applicants should be new graduate or early-career nurse practitioners or physician assistants with a strong interest in critical care.
  • Applicants must be license-eligible in New York State.
  • A complete application includes a resume, cover letter, and a letter of recommendation from a clinical educator or colleague (APP or physician preferred).

The application deadline for the 2019-2020 fellowship year is March 1, 2020 and interviews will be conducted March 24 and 26, 2020.


About UR Medicine

  • Serves over 100,000 patients annually from the greater Rochester area.
  • NP/PA will work with faculty with a wide variety of expertise in Critical Care. Fellows will be on the cutting edge of health care delivery as they train to work within the University of Rochester Medical Center.
  • Adult Critical Care Services covers 100 ICU and PCU beds

Program Outline

  • Applications due March 1, 2020
  • Interview dates: March 24 and 26, 2020
  • Application acceptance notification: May 2020
  • Program start date: August 2020
  • 12 month program
  • Fellows are expected to remain for an additional 12 months, after program completion as ICU staff providers (upon successful completion of the 12 month program).


  • Competitive Fellowship salary
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Dental insurance coverage
  • Life insurance policy
  • Disability insurance coverage
  • 5 weeks vacation/year
  • 1 week CME time/year
  • $1000 CME annually
  • $300 book stipend

Our Fellows / Graduates

Day in the life of a critical care fellow at URMC

Would you like to gain more insight into the daily life of a fellow in our program? Find out more by reading this profile from one of our graduates:

Class of 2018

  • Allison Lurz, PA
  • Samantha Dombrowski, NP

Class of 2019

  • Paige Kuebler, PA
  • Sandra Gutierrez, NP
  • Glenna Regan, PA

Class of 2020

  • Maisie Pipher, PA
  • Samantha Deland, NP
  • Vincent DeRienzo, PA