Program at a Glance

The Emory Critical Care Center NP/PA Post Graduate Residency is a one-year post graduate training course for both PAs and NPs. Our program is unique, in that it combines a highly detailed competency-based curriculum with hands-on learning in the clinical setting.

Resident rotations include, but are not limited to:

  • Surgical ICU — While in the surgical ICU, residents are expected to extend their knowledge of general post operative care, surgical complications, acute post op pain management, transplantation and immunosuppressive therapy, as well as further their understanding of ventilator and vasopressor support.
  • Medical ICU — The purpose of the medical ICU rotation is to gain knowledge and experience with acute internal medical diagnoses and treatments. Residents are expected to maximize their knowledge base about ventilatory modalities, inotropic/vasopressor support, and nutritional requirements for the critically ill patient.
  • Neurology/Neurosurgical ICU — The neurology rotation focuses on various neurological impairments including management of seizures, intracerebral hemorrhages, as well as post operative care of the neurosurgical patient. Residents will have exposure to lumbar drains, intracerebral perfusion monitors, ventricular drains and brain death testing.
  • Cardiac Care Unit — Residents will gain a further understanding of cardiac care while rotating through the CCU. Residents may have exposure to intraaortic balloon pumps, ventricular assist devices, and pulmonary artery catheters. Diagnosis of dysrhythmias, use of inotropes and afterload reducing agents will be emphasized on this rotation as well.
  • Infectious Diseases — Infectious disease is a short two week rotation that spotlights antimicrobial management. Residents are expected to become familiar with antimicrobrial therapy, particularly as it applies to the critically ill patient.
  • Nephrology — Nephrology is also a short two week rotation that centers on acute renal failure and the workup, diagnosis and treatment thereof. Residents will learn how kidney function effects the dosing of medications and the effect of medications on kidney function. Introduction to various forms of dialysis (CRRT, conventional HD) will be discussed.
  • Trauma/Surgical ICU — The trauma rotation is held at Grady Health Systems in their level 1 trauma bay. Residents will have an intense two month rotation through both the resuscitation trauma bay and the trauma surgical ICU. They will focus on critical care needs of the post trauma patient. Residents can also perfect their procedural skills with this rotation.
  • Operating Room — Each resident will rotate through the operating room with an anesthesiologist or an anesthetist. The purpose of this rotation is to get exposure and to excel at procedural skills. Some skills that the resident may be exposed to include central lines, pulmonary artery catheters, arterial lines, intubations, and PIVs.

Other program requirements:

  • Completion of Ultrasound Course
  • Completion of FCCS training
  • Clinical Simulation

Resident responsibilities will include:

  • Attendance on daily team rounds and be proficient in the presentation of assigned patients
  • Providing clinical services for critically ill patients with multi-system disease
  • Ordering and interpreting appropriate diagnostic testing
  • Developing and implementing treatment plans for critical illness
  • Performing necessary procedures with supervision
  • Participation in professional development through curriculum, development, research and continuing education opportunities

Time requirements:

Each resident is responsible for a minimum of 60 hours per week devoted to residency training. Your hours may be split between rotation, on-site training, reading, RICU modules, conferences and research activities. Each resident is expected to work the schedule previously set by each unit mentor. Schedules can consist of days, evening, nights, weekends and holidays.


Residents will be supervised and mentored by Attendings, Fellows, medical residents, PAs and ACNPs. An affiliate provider mentor is paired with the resident for the majority of the rotations.  The Clinical Simulation Instructors will superviseand evaluate clinical simulation scenarios.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of all rotations
  • Passing grade on rotation specific exams
  • Passing grade on final exam
  • Successful completion of ultrasound class
  • Successful completion of FCCS course
  • Successful completion of Clinical Simulation
  • Completed check off for all procedures
  • Completed evaluations from all mentors
  • Completed rotation evaluation by resident
  • Completed site visit check off for each rotation