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Johns Hopkins Hospital – Postgraduate Critical Care Residency for PAs

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600 N. Wolfe Street, Halsted 600
Baltimore, MD 21287

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine Postgraduate Critical Care Residency is a 12-month program involving all aspects of managing the care of acute and critically ill patients.  Brad Winters, MD Ph.D. is the Medical Director for the program.  Kam M. Dhanjani, BA PA-C is Co-Director of the residency, and Martha M. Kennedy, Ph.D. RN ACNP is Co-Director and Education Coordinator.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide an educational environment whereby the Certified Physician Assistant is trained to the highest level of proficiency and critical-thinking in the multi-disciplinary care of critically ill patients.

Residency Description

When on rotations, Physician Assistant Residents will be working within a team to provide comprehensive and consistent care for your patients.  You will be responsible for assessment, diagnosis, management, selection of interventions, required procedures, and consistent evaluation of the patients’ progress towards goals. You will have ownership of patients with complex surgical and medical conditions and will manage all aspects of their care, from fluid resuscitation and antibiotic management to pressor use, interpretation of Pulmonary Artery Catheter readings and other invasive/non-invasive hemodynamic parameters, and management of ventilator modes and strategies.

The residency has been approved by the AAPA for 50 Category I CME credits.  Additional opportunities to earn Category I and II CME credits are also available throughout the year.

PA Residents will follow the same schedule and adhere to the same call requirements as the surgical and/or anesthesia residents on the team.  All residents will follow the guidelines established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education that became effective on July 1, 2011.

Qualified applicants must meet the following:

  • Graduate of an Accredited PA Program by August with a minimum GPA of 3.4.
  • Masters or Doctorate Degree or commensurate work experience
  • Eligible to sit for PANCE
  • Possess the desire to learn and be self-motivated
  • Completed application process (application and fee, letters of recommendation, and personal essay)
  • If possible, be available to interview in Baltimore

Basic Education

Modeled after the surgical MD resident program, you will follow similar schedule call requirements as the surgical and/or Anesthesia residents within the ICU.  You will work closely with the existing ICU Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners.  This relationship facilitates the intense mentoring and collaboration that is required for your growth and development in surgical, medical, and critical thinking skills.

Rotation schedules have been organized to provide the most educational and supportive environment in which to learn.

Intensive Care Unit Rotations may include but not be limited to the following:

  • General Surgical ICUs – includes trauma, transplant, vascular, oncology, craniofacial, orthopedic, hepatic, pancreatic, thoracic, endocrine, plastics, and other surgical patients
  • Burn ICU
  • Neurosurgical ICU
  • Cardiac ICU
  • Medical ICU

Residents will also have an elective rotation which could include repeating of an ICU rotation or time on a surgical or specialty service – these will be personalized for each resident. Suggestions include:

  • Infectious Disease
  • Renal
  • Cardiology
  • Palliative Care
  • Radiology

Didactic opportunities include:

  • Core lectures in Intensive Care
  • Surgical/Anesthesia Grand Rounds
  • Morbidity and Mortality Rounds
  • General Topics in Surgery and Anesthesia
  • Intern and Resident conferences
  • Weekly Residency Lectures
  • Simulation Center sessions – brochoscopy, central line placement, simulated patients and scenarios
  • Core Policy and Safety Modules
  • Leadership Modules
  • FCCS/ACLS courses

Deadlines for October start:

Applications Postmarked by March 31
Interviews March – April
Notification April – May
Start Date October