Winthrop University Hospital – PA Postgraduate Surgical Critical Care Program
(516) 663-92384 – Local Phone 259 First Street
Mineola, NY 11501

Length of Program = 12 months
Number of students per class = 1

Contact Information
Keith Forlenza, PA-C
Program Director
(917) 974-2089
General Description and History
NYU Winthrop Hospital began its Physician Assistant Postgraduate Surgical Critical Care Program in October 2008.  An informative website with application forms can be viewed by accessing the following link: www.nyuwinthrop.org/pa-postgraduate-residency.
Since the program inception, there has been tremendous interest by both newly licensed Physician Assistants and those who have been practicing for years. NYU Winthrop Hospital is conveniently located in Mineola, New York. The excitement of Manhattan is only thirty minutes away as are the pristine beaches of Long Island’s north and south shores. Public transportation is readily accessible.
The Program is divided into four distinct areas of surgical critical care; namely, Cardiothoracic surgery, Neurosurgery, General surgery, and Trauma surgery. The Physician Assistant will spend approximately 4.5 months on the Cardiothoracic and General surgery/Trauma surgery services and 2 months rotating through Neurosurgery critical care.  The remaining one month will be spent on the service of the Physician Assistants choice, which includes an opportunity to rotate through the cardiothoracic operating room for first assisting experience.  During this twelve-month learning experience, the Physician Assistant will be taught the advanced knowledge and technical skills necessary to practice effectively in the critical care setting.
In addition to a core curriculum of topics, the Physician Assistant will also attend various hospital-based lectures as they pertain to critical illness and injury. The didactic component of the program is integrated throughout the entire twelve-month duration.  It consists of both formal and informal lectures, grand teaching rounds, morbidity and mortality conferences and daily bedside rounds.  Additional lectures offered by other hospital departments will be attended at the discretion of the program director.  The Physician Assistant will be responsible for case presentations and writing a paper on the topic of his/her choice as it pertains to surgical critical care.
Point-of-care ultrasound and technical skills will also be taught and perfected throughout the program year.  The
Physician Assistant will become proficient in POCUS and a vast array of invasive procedures, including, but not limited to, central line placement, chest tube placement, arterial line placement, dialysis catheter placement, and Swan -Ganz catheter placement.
Credentials Awarded
A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program
Admissions Process and Timetable
The Physician Assistant Postgraduate Surgical Critical Care Program runs October to October.  Applications are accepted from April 1 to August 1 for the up-coming year.  Presently, three positions are offered per year.  Competitive applicants will be invited for an interview.  For more information about the application process, please

Interested applicants must fulfill the following prerequisites:

  •  Graduation from an ARC-PA accredited Physician Assistant education program.
  • Successful completion of the NCCPA Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination
  • Possess a valid New York State License to practice as a Physician Assistant
  • Submission of a completed application including 3 letters of recommendation from preceptors, supervising
    Physician Assistants or Attending doctors.  One letter must be from the applicant’s school program director if
    the applicant is a new graduate.
  • Recent Curriculum Vitae


Salary and Benefits

  • Stipend $72,000
  • 2 weeks vacation, 8 paid Holiday’s, 4 personal days and 5 CME days
  • Medical/Dental/Eyeglass benefits
  • Daily cafeteria food vouchers
  • Additional stipends may also be available for CME and/or organizational dues reimbursement.