Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does the program follow the ACGME guidelines for evaluation of trainee competency?

It should be noted that while our program complies to these, they are intended for MD programs only.  The core competencies include: Medical Knowledge, Patient Care, Professionalism, Interpersonal and Communication, Systems Based Practice and Problem Based Learning and Improvement.

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How long is the program?

The program is one year long.  Rotations include MICU, SICU, Neuro ICU, CCU, Trauma, ID/Renal, OR and one month is reserved for electives.

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What if my graduation date does not align with the start times of the program?

We can be flexible within reason. Please contact us.

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How much of the program is online?

Some of our didactic learning is online. We utilize Emory's online platform, Box as a resource for journal articles and case discussion.

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How many ICUs are available for training purposes during the residency and are they all located at Emory Hospital?

Rotations will occur at Emory University, Emory Midtown, Emory St. Joes and Grady Hospitals.  We are also exploring other avenues for clinical exposure.  There are over 20 different ICUs established in these locations which treat a variety of complex critically ill patients.

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What leadership opportunities are available within Emory Healthcare upon graduation?

Leadership opportunities begin with the resident applicant interview. Throughout the program the resident is assessed for leadership skills both desired and observed.  Positions are recommended on a person by person basis.

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Does Emory Healthcare have a sufficient quantity of physicians, fellows, and affiliate providers to train an individual taking into consideration his or her level of experience and comprehension? Are they willing to take time to teach at my level of understanding?

Yes.  We make sure that each rotation gives the resident the best possible learning experience. Our staff is dedicated to high quality education, learning and have a passion for teaching.  They understand the need for learning at the appropriate level.  Our commitment is to develop a competent critical care practitioner. 

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How much is the stipend?

The stipend is reviewed yearly based on market analysis. To get more information about what the current stipend is, please email heather.meissen@emoryhealthcare.org.

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Do I receive benefits?

Residents are considered employees of Emory Healthcare, therefore they will be eligible for full employee benefits.

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How am I evaluated?

Residents are evaluated on multiple levels including clinical knowledge base, adaptability, professionalism and progress through the program.  All practitioners involved in the training process of the residents will be allowed to fill out an evaluation form.  Evaluation is also comprised of two examinations and clinical simulation.

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Is this program accredited?

The NPPA Critical Care Residency Program is now accredited as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation. The PA portion will seek accreditation upon completion of the new recommendations by the ARC-PA.

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What is the admissions process like?

Each applicant is expected to fill out an application and complete all application requirements. After completion of all parts of the application the approved applicant will be contacted to schedule an interview.  After all the interviews are completed, the applicants will be notified of acceptance.

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With whom will I interview?

You will interview with the director of the Emory Critical Care Center, both program directors and the Emory Center for Critical Care business operations manager.

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What characteristics will the ideal candidate possess?

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, devoted to critical care and have the interpersonal skills necessary to practice in the intensive care unit.

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How many hours will I work per week?

The on-site hours are variable for each rotation.  60 hours per week between clinical hours and didactic/learning hours are expected.  The schedule will be published prior to starting the rotation.

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What kinds of procedures are taught during the program?

Central lines, arterial lines, pulmonary-artery catheters, thoracentesis, paracentesis, pigtail catheter placement, chest tubes, lumbar puncture, intubations, moderate sedation, and non-OR simple wound closure are all examples are the procedures taught during residency.

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While in residency training, am I allowed to moonlight or work outside of the program requirements?

Due to the nature of the training program's rotational curriculaum, we highly discourage picking up moonlighting shifts or having another job during the training year.

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