Albany Medical Center Surgical Fellowship for Physician Assistants

Albany Medical Center (AMC) is a 725 bed Level 1 Trauma Center and Teaching Hospital Located in the Capital District of Upstate New York, serving over 3 million people in 25 counties.  The institution was founded in 1839 by Dr. Alden March, as Albany Medical College, one of the oldest medical schools in the country.  He expanded the college to a hospital in 1849 and over the next 150 years his vision has become a full-fledged medical community.  Today, AMC is the capital region’s largest employer, staffing over 10,000 associates between the college and hospital.  AMC is the regions only Level 1 Trauma Center and academic medical center and is recognized as the region’s premier surgical leader offering both outstanding expertise and compassionate care.

AMC has been awarded many honors including Health Grades:  Americas 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery, Excellence Awards for Cranial Neurosurgery and Cardiac Surgery in 2016.  Additionally, U.S. News and World Report found AMC performed nearly at the level of nationally ranked U.S. best hospitals in 3 adult subspecialties.  AMC scored high in patient safety, demonstrating a commitment to reducing accidents and medical errors, giving AMC a Best Regional Hospital ranking of #13 in New York State.

The AMC Department of Surgery is led by Dr. Steven Stain, staffs approximately 90 surgeons in all surgical subspecialties and trains 85 surgical residents and medical students.  Additionally, the department also employs 17 full time Surgical Physician Assistants.

In 2017, the Department of Surgery at AMC introduced the Surgical Physician Assistant Fellowship Program.  This program was designed to further develop and refine surgical training the PA receives during their primary training and/or surgical experiences.  The fellowship training will allow the PA to become more fully prepared and confident at program completion to pursue a variety of surgical careers.

The Albany Medical Center (AMC) Physician Assistant Post-Graduate Fellowship in Surgery will provide an intense, well-rounded 12 months of clinical, didactic, and surgical training to facilitate a successful career in surgery and/or subspecialty.  This will include rotations in, but not limited to:

  • General Surgery
  • Trauma surgery/Surgical ICU
  • Orthopedics
  • Cardiac and/or Thoracic Surgery
  • Electives (Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Urology, or repeat of any of the above)


This Fellowship program is appropriate for both new graduates and seasoned Physician Assistants who are looking to further their education, fine tune their diagnostic and surgical skills, and become proficient in procedures that will make them competent, confident and well sought out practitioners in a surgical specialty.  Fellows will have their core training in general surgery and opportunities to work in electives of surgical subspecialties at AMC and surrounding collaborating facilities.




DIDACTIC:  The didactic curriculum will augment the hands-on surgical training of the PA Fellow throughout the 12 month program.  The PA Fellow will learn the fundamentals of critical care medicine, care of the critically injured, ventilator management, evaluation and treatment of surgical emergencies, subspecialty fundamentals, and/or complications during the dedicated small classrooms lectures given by the AMC Faculty.  In addition the PA Fellow will attend lectures, grand rounds, seminars, surgical case conferences, and morbidity/ mortality conferences to broaden the Fellow’s knowledge base to further optimize their clinical acumen and ability to care for critically ill surgical patients.


Simulation Lab: Albany Medical College’s Patient Safety and Clinical Competency Center (PSCCC) houses an incredible collection of simulation and clinical training resources to educate the students and health care workers of AMC.   The PA Fellow will also have access to the PSCCC using life-like mannequins and other cutting-edge training tools to further develop their surgical and clinical skills in a safe and realistic medical setting in many of the following activities:


  • introduction to surgical instrumentation
  • knot tying and suturing
  • wound VAC placement
  • laparoscopic instrumentation orientation and skills training workshops
  • Central line placement, arterial line placement, chest tube placement
  • Casting
  • ACLS code protocols and simulation.


CLINICAL:  The clinical curriculum will allow the PA Fellow the skill set to be a more comfortable and competent surgical provider upon completion of the 12 month Fellowship.  Duties will include the following, but not limited to:  History/ Physicals, writing pre/post op orders, daily notes and clinical updates in hospital record, making rounds, responding to calls, ordering diagnostic studies, collaborating with surgical team members, assisting in the operating room, learning and performing invasive procedures with supervision.  Fellows should plan to work 50 hours per week, including night and weekend shifts will be assigned based on a rotational basis.  All of our rotation schedules are in compliance with ACGME and New York State work regulations.


The clinical curriculum will be synergistic with the lecture series to strengthen the PA Fellowship experience.  The rotations will include the surrounding hospitals to give more educational and surgical opportunity for the PA Fellow.  The following facilities are affiliated with Residency rotations:

St. Peters Hospital, Albany NY

Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Springs NY

Ellis Hospital, Schenectady NY

Albany Medical Center, Albany NY

The goal of the curriculum is to allow the PA Fellow to become proficient in all surgical aspects of the perioperative care of the surgical patient.  This will foster independence during supervision period so the PA Fellow can gain confidence to ease the transition to the work force upon completion.  Additionally, clinical electives are offered to allow the PA Fellow to gain additional experience in a surgical subspecialty of their interest.

Admission Process 

Time Line:

–          Applications will be accepted beginning in January for the upcoming year’s Fellow class, which will begin in October 2017, though start dates may be flexible.

–          Well-qualified applicants will be granted an interview, and acceptance will be granted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

–          The application deadline is July 1st of that year.

–          The program start date is approximately October 1st each year.  However, we do recognize the graduation dates of PA programs do vary and we therefore do have some flexibility to accommodate for this.


Entry Requirements:

–          Graduation from a PA Program approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) prior to matriculation into the program.

–          A Master’s Degree

–          National Certification by the NCCPA.  New graduates may receive acceptance into the program pending successful completion of the PANCE.

–          Official copy of PANCE scores (if certified) sent directly from NCCPA.

–          Current DEA licensure (Applicants will be considered if eligible for DEA license.  Must be fully licensed by start of the program).

–          Official transcripts from Colleges/Universities and the PA Program.

–          Current Curriculum Vitae.

–          New York State PA licensure or eligibility.  Failure to obtain this license voids the offer of Fellowship training.

–          Three professional letters of recommendation.  For new graduates, one of these letters must be from your PA Director-mailed directly to the Admissions Committee in a sealed envelope.

–          Copies of on-the-job and/or rotation evaluations are highly desirable, but not required.

–          Completed application.

–          Personal Essay

–          Personal Interview.


Credentials Awarded:

–          Upon successful completion of the program, Fellows will be awarded a Certificate of Completion for the Albany Medical Center Physician Assistant Post-Graduate Fellowship in Surgery.

–          BLS, ACLS, ATLS Certification

–          CME


Financial Information:

–          There is no application fee or tuition requirement

–          Fellows will be awarded a stipend of $80,000 for the 12 month program.

–          Full Benefits Package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Account and Vacation Time.

–          CME Allowance of $1,000

–          DEA and NY State Licensing Fee Covered.

–          BLS, ACLS, and ATLS fees covered outside of CME allowance.


Each Fellow will be provided:

–          One surgical textbook:  The Surgical Review, 4th Edition: An Integrated basic and clinical Science study guide.

–          One suture kit

–          Two lab coats

–          Access to SCORE (Surgical Council on Resident Education)

–          PA surgical residency manual

–          A designated PA mentor

–          Surgical loupes


Date of Graduation of First Class:

Approximately September 30th, 2018



Medical Director:  Lawrence Robinson, MS MD MBA, (518)262-0940

Program Director:  Patricia Northrup, MS, PA-C, (518)262-2919,



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