APP Surgical/Critical Care Fellowship

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Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship Program

We are now accepting applications for our September 2024 cohort. Click below to start the application process.

Informational Webinar

We will host our next live informational webinar in July 2024. Please check back here in May for registration information.



The Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship Program is dedicated to educating, training, and recruiting APPs in surgery and critical care to successfully integrate them into a career in surgery or critical care, while improving the life of every patient now and in the future.

General Program Information

The three separate tracks within the surgical and critical care fellowship program are: surgery, surgical critical care and medical critical care. Potential candidates should only apply for one of the tracks which aligns best with their career goals. Further information on the specific tracks can be found below. A significant amount of overlap does occur between the tracks during the orientation period and other didactic sessions throughout the year; the surgery track is the only track with operative experience.

Program Goals

The goals for both the Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship programs are to educate and train the APP Fellow to be a qualified, well-prepared practitioner of surgery or critical care who can practice at a high level of autonomy and in parallel with standard of care following graduation from the fellowship.

Fellowship Tracks

A salary of $65,000 will be provided to all fellows over the course of the 12-month program.

Additional benefits include medical insurance, dental insurance, and eye insurance.

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 surgical residency schedule. You can expect 2 weeks of vacation each year.

Holidays: As an APP 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 the program director on your service as soon as possible.

Continuing Medical Education: Graduates can be expected 50+ hours of CME at the completion of their APP fellowship. APP fellows are also encouraged to attend local and national surgical conferences as available.

APP Surgical and Critical Care Fellowship

Alexis Keyworth, PA-C

Alexis Keyworth, PA-C

Program Director

Jennifer Rodgers, DNP

Jennifer Rodgers, DNP

Vice President of Advanced Practice, University of Colorado Hospital and School of Medicine

Founder, UCHealth APP Surgical Fellowship Program

Kathleen Tuthill

Kathleen Tuthill

Program Administrator

Director, Office of Education, Department of Surgery

Shannon Lamoree

Shannon Lamoree

Program Coordinator

Surgical Track

Akshay Chauhan, MD, MCh

Akshay Chauhan, MD

Medical Director, UCH-Anschutz Medical Campus

Cris Cribari, MD

Chris Cribari, MD

Medical Director, Medical Center of the Rockies

Jason Vance, PA-C

Jason Vance, PA-C

APP Site Coordinator, Medical Center of the Rockies

Erin McIntyre, PA-C, MPH

Erin McIntyre, PA-C, MPH

Educational Lead, Surgical Track

Surgical Critical Care Track

Franklin Wright, MD

Frank Wright, MD

Medical Director — Critical Care Track, UCH-Anschutz Medical Campus

Hans Tregear, MD

Hans Tregear, MD

Co-Medical Director — Critical Care Track, UCH-Anschutz Medical Campus

Alexis Keyworth, PA-C

Alexis Keyworth, PA-C

Educational Lead, Surgical Critical Care Track

Medical ICU Track

Please see the MICU APP fellowship website for a list of faculty and staff in this track.

September 2023-2024 Surgical Fellows

Haley Pierce, PA-C

Haley Pierce, PA-C

Isabelle Ripp, PA-C

Isabelle Ripp, PA-C

Dana Swenson, PA-C

Dana Swenson, PA-C

March 2024-2025 Surgical Critical Care Fellows

Lauren Cobb, PA-C

Lauren Cobb, PA-C

Shahrzad Ghasemshahi, PA-C

Shahrzad Ghasemshahi, PA-C

March 2024-2025 Surgical Fellows

Brooke Anders, PA-C

Brooke Anders, PA-C

Ezikiel Griffith, PA-C

Ezikiel Griffith, PA-C

Jenna Kesh, PA-C

Jenna Kesh, PA-C

March 2024-2025 Medical Critical Care Fellow

Ryan Brown, PA-C

Ryan Brown, PA-C


All applicants must have graduated from a Physician Assistant or Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. Additionally, all applicants must have passed or be eligible to take the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA) certification exam or National ACNP or AGACNP certification exam.

Class of 2024-2025 Timeline

Spring (March) Cohor

  • Program Application Open: July 2023
  • Application Deadline: October 31, 2023
  • Interviews: November 2023
  • Candidate Selection: November/December 2023
  • Program Start Date: March 2024

Fall (September) Cohort

  • Program Application Open: February 2024
  • Application Deadline: April 31, 2024
  • Interviews: May 2024
  • Candidate Selection: May/June 2024
  • Program Start Date: September 1st, 2024

Application Requirements

  • Application
  • CV/Resume
  • Official transcripts from any undergraduate college(s) and PA/ACNP school (electronic transcripts are highly preferred).
  • BLS/ACLS certification cards (if available, not required)
  • A one-page personal statement on why you are interested in the APP Surgical Fellowship Program at UCHealth
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one letter from your PA/ACNP Program)
  • National Certification by Professional Credentialing Body (if certified); certification before January 31 is mandatory

Letters of recommendations can be emailed to

Please email/mail all of the above documents to:

University of Colorado School of Medicine
Office of Education, Department of Surgery
12631 E. 17th Avenue, Mail Stop C-291
Aurora, Colorado 80045


You will receive email notification upon completion of your application.

As always, program admission is contingent upon completion of employee health screening, background check and University of Colorado Hospital credentialing process.


Please request that official, sealed transcripts be e-mailed from your undergraduate college/university and your PA/ACNP school.


Following review of all applications, strong applicants will be invited to interview in person or via Zoom.


All candidates will be notified via email of the admission decision once all applications and interviews are completed. A ranked alternative list will be created for applicants who do not immediately receive an APP fellowship spot. Should an accepted candidate withdraw from the program prior to the start date, candidates on the alternative list will be contacted.

How many applicants are accepted each year? When does each cohort begin?

We will select 3 APP Fellows for the Surgical Track and 4 for the Critical Care Track for the Spring (March) 2023 cohort. We will select an additional 3 APP Fellows for the Surgical Track for the Fall (September) 2023 start date.

When do applications open/end?

Applications for Spring cohort usually open in July each year. Applications for the Fall cohort will usually open in January/February each year. Specific dates will be posted on the website. Please see the "How to Apply" tab on this page for additional dates. Applications are accepted until the positions have been filled.

If I apply, when will I be notified of final acceptance/denial?

We typically aim to notify applicants by November or December at the latest for our Spring cohort and May or June for our Fall cohort.

I’m an FNP, can I still apply and be considered?

Unfortunately, at this time, we are not able to accept FNPs for the APP Surgical or Critical Care Fellowship due to credential requirements within our hospitals.

Can I apply for a cohort prior to having licensure exam results?

Yes, you can apply and be accepted prior to having your PA or NP licensure. We require you take and pass the test 30-60 days prior to your start date.

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.

Should I submit my documents (including my letter of recommendation, transcript, etc.) online with my application?

You are welcome to submit the letter of recommendation to the job posting, provide by email or send a hard copy.

Can I come and shadow the program to learn more?

Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to allow individuals to shadow the program.

Are there any current or graduated fellows that I can speak with regarding their experience with the fellowship?

Yes, we can put you in touch with either current or past fellows.

What are you looking for in candidates?

We look for candidates who express a high interest in surgery or critical care, including pre-operative, post-operative, and intra-operative management. You do not have to have previous experience in surgery or critical care to apply for the position.


CU Anschutz

Academic Office One

12631 East 17th Avenue

Room: 6111

Aurora, CO 80045


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