550 Peachtree Rd.
Davis-Fischer Bld.  Suite 3250
Atlanta, GA 30308

Website: whsc.emory.edu

Medical Director: Timothy G. Buchman, PhD, MD
Program Director: Aimee Abide, PA-C, Heather Meissen, ACNP, CCRN


Contact Information

Primary Contact

Aimee Abide, PA-C


Heather Meissen, ACNP, CCRN


Program Description and History

The Emory Critical Care Center NP/PA post graduate residency, initiated in 2012, is a one-year training program that teaches residents to become highly skilled in the multidisciplinary, collaborative and evidence-based management of complex and challenging patients in the intensive care unit.  This program attracts new graduates seeking a structured educational program, who want to become experts and leaders in their field.


The program 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

  • 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 mechanical ventilation 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.
  • 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
  • Completion of ATLS
  • Completion of clinical simulation lab and manikins

Graduation from the residency will be dependent upon completion of rotations, evaluations, clinical simulations,  mid year review, rotation specific exams, and a final written exam and clinical simulation evaluation.

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

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




STARTING DATE: March 1st and October 1st

AFFILIATIONS: Emory Healthcare: Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Grady Memorial Hospital

Admission Requirements for the program

  • Eligible to graduate from an accredited ACNP/PA program, or recent graduate
  • Completion of application form
  • Statement of Intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • National Board Certification required
  • GA license for NPs as Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and PAs
  • Copy of BLS and ACLS cards
  • Completion of interview by Emory Program Directors


  • For fall candidates, the application deadline is March 1st.  Interviews will take place in April.
  • For spring candidates, the application deadline is September 1st.  Interviews will take place in October.

Acceptance and Program Start

  • Notification of your acceptance will be received within 2-3 weeks of your interview.
  • Program start dates are October 1st and March 1st.

Credential Awarded

Certificate of Completion

Emory Critical Care Center NP PA Post Graduate Residency