APP Fellowship Program


The APP medical critical care track will be hiring 1-2 individuals (acute care nurse practitioners and/or physicians assistants) seeking advanced training and a career in critical care medicine. The focus of the fellowship will be to foster strong critical care NPs and PAs through a comprehensive, multidisciplinary 12-month training program. The medical critical care track, in collaboration with the surgical critical care fellowship program, will combine didactic education and clinical experiences based in the University of Colorado Hospital Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) with rotations in other ICUs and electives with specialty services throughout the hospital. 


The Advanced Practice Provider Critical Care Fellowship is dedicated to training and recruiting advanced practice providers (APPs) to successfully integrate into a career in critical care, while improving the life of every patient. The goal of the APP Medical Critical Care Fellowship program is to prepare APP fellows to be well-prepared critical care practitioners who are able to practice at a high level of autonomy and serve as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team.

Clinical Curriculum and Rotations

The APP Critical Care Fellowship Medical Critical Care Track will be managed by the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine. During the course of the 12-month clinical year, APP Fellows will work alongside faculty APPs, attending physicians, critical care fellows, medical residents, and other healthcare disciplines. Duties and experiences of the APP Fellows will include obtaining an accurate history and physical examination, presenting a concise history of presenting illness, writing orders, reviewing patient records, developing a differential diagnosis for a host of common critical care conditions, ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies, performing a variety of procedures, and effectively communicating with patients, families, and the multidisciplinary team.

All rotations will occur at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The medical critical care track will be housed in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine.

Rotation goals and objectives are based on the specific rotation and will be identified at the start of each rotation. Rotations for the medical critical care track include MICU, Neuro ICU, Cardiac ICU, Cardiothoracic ICU, Surgical Trauma ICU, and Burn ICU along with electives in specialties such as nephrology, pulmonary hypertension, cardiology, and infectious disease, endocrinology, and palliative care. Advisors will be identified at each of these specific rotations and will provide feedback and evaluations of fellows.

Fellows will be given graduated autonomy based on meeting clinical milestones and will have a MCU APP faculty mentor to help support them throughout the year.

Day and night shifts are to be expected over the course of the year.

Didactic Curriculum

There will be a comprehensive two-week orientation at the start of the fellowship and didactics will also be incorporated throughout the year and specific to clinical rotations.

In addition, there will also be biweekly critical care lectures on specific topics including but not limited to ARDS, shock, sepsis, liver failure, acute blood loss anemia, renal failure, ventilator management, vasopressors, sedation/analgesia, encephalopathy, toxicology, fluid management, antibiotics, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, acid/base disorders, and others related to surgical critical care. There will also be opportunities to participate in VR clinical simulation experiences and procedural skills throughout the year.

Additional didactic opportunities throughout the year will include Department of Medicine and Critical Care Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality Presentations, and daily morning teaching while rotating in the MICU.

Over the course of the year fellows will be responsible for choosing a topic of interest and doing a case presentation. There will also be the opportunity to participate in quality improvement projects.

Graduation Requirements

APP fellows must receive a passing evaluation from each of their clinical rotations to complete the fellowship. Each fellow will also develop and complete an end of year project, poster or presentation as a requirement for graduation. Remediation of each of these requirements will be considered on an as needed basis.

Minimum Qualifications:

Must meet minimum qualifications at time of hire.

  • · Graduated from a Physician Assistant or Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program
  • · Must pass or be eligible to take the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA) certification exam or National ACNP or AGACNP

Class of 2022-2023 Timeline:

  • · Program Application Open: September, 2022
  • · Application Deadline: November 10th, 2022
  • · Interviews: November 2022
  • · Candidate Selection: November/December 2022
  • · Program Start Date: March 2023

Application Materials Instructions:

· Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resume

· Official transcripts from any undergraduate college(s) and PA/ACNP school (electronic transcripts are highly preferred)

· A one-page personal statement on why you are interested in the Medical Critical Care Track APP Fellowship Program

· Two letters of recommendation (at least one letter from your PA/ACNP Program)

· BLS/ACLS certification cards (if available, not required)

· National Certification by Professional Credentialing Body (if certified); certification before January 31 is mandatory

· Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process. Please do not submit any of your application material (via email)

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Refer to requisition number: 26251.


Benefits and Compensation:

The salary for this position has been established at $65,000 per year.

Additional benefits include medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability, and retirement plans.

Paid time off: To request vacation time, you must send your request to the program director at the start of the fellowship year. Requests will be granted to the extent possible with the residency schedule. You can expect 2 weeks of vacation each year.

Holidays: As a fellow, you are not guaranteed holidays, but will be dependent on the needs of your clinical team. Holidays will be discussed on an individual basis and determined prior to the start of your clinical year.

Unplanned absences: Unplanned absences should be kept to a minimum. If you are unable to make it to work for personal circumstances, it is your responsibility to immediately notify it is your responsibility to immediately notify the program director, rotation advisor, and attending on service as soon as possible.

Day and night shifts are to be expected over the course of the year.

Continuing Medical Education: Graduates can be expected to gain 50+ hours of CME by the completion of their fellowship. Fellows are also encouraged to attend local and national surgical and/or critical care conferences as available.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line. Benefits: Total Compensation Calculator:

 Application Timeline 
 Program Application

Open July 1

 Application DeadlineAugust 31
 InterviewsSeptember - October
 Candidate SelectionOctober to November
 Program Start Date March 1



How many fellows will be selected each year?

There will be 1-2 APP fellows selected each year into the medical critical care track.

Do you have to be credentialed in the state of Colorado to apply?

No. Once applicants are accepted, we will help you navigate the credentialing process prior to the program start date.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Refer to requisition number: 26251.

Pulmonary Sciences (SOM)

CU Anschutz

Research Complex II

12700 East 19th Avenue


Aurora, CO 80045


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