Carilion Clinic Advanced Clinical Practitioner Fellowship in Acute Care Surgery

The Carilion Clinic Acute Care Surgery Department will offer a post-graduate Advanced Clinical Practitioner Fellowship in Acute Care Surgery for Physician Assistants (PAs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs). This intensive program will build upon the strength of our highly successful PA and NP surgery practice already in place in the areas only Level 1 Trauma Center. The fellowship will be a complement to the general surgery residency currently training at Carilion Clinic. NP and PA fellows will benefit from didactic and clinical experiences that parallel surgical residents training.

Graduates of this one-year fellowship program will possess substantial skills, knowledge, and competencies required in the field of Acute Care Surgery.

Fellows accepted into the program will be full-time employees of Carilion Clinic and eligible for full medical, dental, and disability benefits. They will also retain CME benefits of other fellows such as BCLS/ACLS/PALS certifications, subsidized healthcare, lab coats, phones, etc.


Mission/Objectives: To educate and train highly motivated NPs and PAs in the challenging and diverse knowledge base and procedural skills required for excellence in clinical practice in Acute Care Surgery.

  • To prepare NPs and PAs for a career in General and Acute Care Surgery as competent, highly functional members in healthcare.
  • To provide NPs and PAs with further education, specialized clinical and professional experience that distinguishes them from non-specialty trained NPs and PAs.
  • To retain extremely focused and well trained NPs and PAs as strong clinicians and employees of Carilion Clinic who are interested in academics and higher learning.



This dynamic program includes didactic instruction and clinical training components that two fellows will complete over 12 months. Orientation will be approximately four weeks long.

Clinical Rotations

  • Emergency General Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Surgical Critical Care

Additional Clinical Rotations

  • Liver Surgery
  • Wound Care
  • Colo-rectal Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Plastic/ENT Surgery
  • Elective Rotation Options including pediatrics and neurosurgery

Clinical time will be spent in various departments of Carilion Clinic, under the supervision and direction of Carilion faculty. They will be working alongside other residents, NPs, PAs, and attending physicians in all sections of the surgical department. They will take call in the emergency department and ICU.

Didactics include, but are not limited to:

  • Weekly education conference
  • Morbidity and mortality conference
  • Journal club
  • Certification courses: Fellows will become certified in BLS, ACLS, PALS, ATLS, FCCS
  • We also offer AWLS (Advanced Wilderness Life Support) as an optional course

The didactic portion begins with a month of orientation and skills workshops designed to provide introduction to Acute Care Surgery. Fellows will attend lectures that cover the core curriculum for Acute Care Surgery.

Length of Program: 12 months

Class Size: 2

Starting Date: Late January/Early February

Affiliations: Carilion Clinic

Admissions Process and Timetable:

  1. Application Deadline: September 1st
  2. Interviews occur in October and November.

Application Components

  • Transcripts from undergraduate institution and PA/NP program
  • NPs are recommended to have RNFA certificate
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV- including recreational and community service activities
  • Personal Statement: Discuss anticipated strengths that you bring to the fellowship as well as professional knowledge, skill and or behavior that you wish to enhance.

Selection Criteria: The ideal candidate has demonstrated leadership ability, flexibility, self-directed learning, excellent clinical skills and a sincere interest in Acute Care Surgery.


Credential Awarded at Graduation: Certificate of Completion


Submit applications to:

Carilion Clinic Advanced Clinical Practitioner Fellowship in Acute Care Surgery

c/o Marie English

3 Riverside Circle

Roanoke VA  24016

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