Advanced Practice Provider Surgical Fellowship Program

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Universityof Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

Schoolof Medicine, Department of Surgery 

AdvancedPractice Provider Surgical Fellowships



The University of ColoradoDenver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitmentto creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value theability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diversebackgrounds.

The University of Colorado Denver |Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 8,000students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate andprofessional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solidacademic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offermore than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. Theuniversity receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In additionto the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CUAnschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduatedegree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heartof downtown Denver—one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver islocated steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo Districtaffording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic,professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

Advanced Practice Provider SurgicalFellowship Program

A national leader in health care andlife sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciencescenter in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located inAurora, Colorado, it is one of the newest education, research and patient carefacilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains thehealth sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research andclinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diversehealth care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research benchto the patient’s bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.


The Advanced Practice SurgicalFellowship is dedicated to training and recruiting advanced practice providersin surgical critical care to successfully integrate APPs into a career insurgery, while improving the life of every surgical patient.

Surgical Track (4 Positions)

The focus of this APP SurgicalFellowship Track is to provide surgical didactic and clinical experience acrossthe continuum of care for surgical patients. Didactic education will include acomprehensive orientation, a variety of skill labs, case presentations andweekly education lectures. Clinical rotations will occur in a variety ofspecialties, including trauma and acute care, surgical oncology, breast,endocrine, urology, transplant, intensive care and a variety of other surgicalspecialty teams. This fellowship will provide opportunities for APP fellows toengage in research and quality improvement initiatives within the hospital withthe support of UCHealth and University of Colorado Department of Surgery (DOS)faculty and staff.

Critical Care Track (2 Positions)

The focus of this APP fellowshipprogram is to provide surgical critical care didactic and clinical experienceacross the continuum of care for surgical patients. Didactic education willinclude a comprehensive orientation, a variety of skill and simulation labs,case presentations and weekly education lectures. Clinical rotations will occurin a variety of specialties, including Surgical-Trauma ICU, Cardiothoracic ICU,Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Thoracic surgery, and Cardiac surgery. Thisfellowship will provide opportunities for APP fellows to engage in research andquality improvement initiatives within the hospital with the support ofUCHealth and University of Colorado Department of Surgery (DOS) faculty andstaff.

The program is designed for bothPhysician Assistants and Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioners who areinterested in a career in critical care. The fellowship is ideal for newgraduates who wish to pursue a career in critical care or practicing APPs whowish to change career focus. The goal of the fellowship is to help APPssmoothly transition into a career in surgical critical care. Rotations willoccur across a variety of clinic settings both at University of ColoradoAnschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado and Medical Center of the Rockiesin Loveland, Colorado.



Program Details:


Mission: The Advanced Practice Surgical Fellowship and Critical CareTrack is dedicated to educating, training and recruiting APPs in surgery as tosuccessfully integrate them into a career in surgical critical care, whileimproving the life of every surgical patient now and in the future.

Program Goals: The goal of the APP Surgical Fellowship is to educate andtrain the APP Fellows to be a qualified, well-prepared practitioner of surgicalcritical care who is able to practice at a high level of autonomy and inparallel with standard of care following graduation from the fellowship. Theeducation program at UCHealth encompasses training across a variety of surgicaldepartments, through development of education in clinical management, technicaloperative skills, quality improvement initiatives and surgical decision makingskills.

Over the course of 12-months,fundamentals of education will include a comprehensive 3-week orientation,weekly didactic education, simulation labs, skills labs and a range ofrotational experiences with a focus on critical care within the STICU and CTICU.

Fellows will have the opportunity toengage in quality improvement and research opportunities with the support fromUCHealth and University of Colorado Department of Surgery (DOS) faculty andstaff. Fellows are encouraged to participate in national and local surgicalconferences. Furthermore, with the help of assigned mentors, they areencouraged to present research and poster presentations.

Continuing Medical Education: Graduates can be expected 50+ hours of CME at the completion of their surgical fellowship. Fellows are also encouraged to attend local and national surgical conferences as available. Curriculum: Didactic Curriculum: Didactic curriculum will be incorporated throughout the year and alongside clinical curriculum. During the initial 3-week orientation, there will be an emphasis on didactic curriculum, including talks on fluid management, electrolyte replacement, acid/base balance, acute abdomen, management of shock, surgical emergencies, common surgical complications, need to know anatomy, ventilator management, management of hypotension and antibiotic management. Additional didactic curriculum throughout the clinical year will include weekly Department of Surgery grand rounds, Morbidity and Mortality Presentations, Excellence in Communication Training, monthly journal club and a variety of other conferences as organized by the Department of Surgery and APP Surgical Fellowship Program – Critical Care Track. Over the course of the year, with the help of an assigned mentor, fellows will be responsible for identifying and developing quality improvement and research projects. At the end of each year, fellows will be responsible for presenting their cumulative end of year projects to faculty and staff of the fellowship program and department of surgery. Clinical Curriculum: During the course of the 12-month clinical year, APP Fellows will work alongside medical residents, including first year interns and chief residents. Duties and experience of the APP Fellow will include obtaining an accurate history and physical examination, presenting a concise HPI, writing orders, reviewing patient records, developing a differential diagnosis for a host of common surgical and critical care conditions, ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies, and performing a variety of procedures with the supervising physician. Day and night shifts are to be expected over the course of the year. Clinical rotations will occur at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.  Rotation Goals and ObjectivesRotation goals and objectives are based on the specific rotation and will be provided to each of the fellows at the start of their rotation. Rotations include acute care surgery, cardiac surgery, cardiothoracic, Surgical ICU, and Cardiothoracic ICU. Advisors will be identified at each of these specific rotations.

Salary, Benefits, and Compensation:

A competitive salary in comparisonwith other APP fellowship programs will be provided to all fellows over thecourse of 1 year. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

 University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background checks for all new employees prior to their employment. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities. Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line. Benefits: Compensation Calculator:


Paid time off: To request vacation time, you must send your request to theprogram director at the start of the fellowship year. Requests will be grantedto the extent possible with the residency schedule. You can expect 2 weeks ofvacation each year.

Paid time off: As a fellow, you are not guaranteed holidays, but will bedependent on the needs of your clinical team. Holidays will be discussed on anindividual basis and determined prior to the start of your clinical year.

Unplanned absences: Unplanned absences should be kept to a minimum. If you areunable to make it to work for personal circumstances, it is your responsibilityto immediately notify the program director and the chief resident on yourservice as soon as possible.

Diversityand Equity:

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TheUniversity of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed torecruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrativestaff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect,communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnicminorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University ofColorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.




Minimum Qualifications:

  • All applicants must have graduated from a Physician Assistant or Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program by the time hire.
  • Additionally, all applicants must have passed or be eligible to take the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA) certification exam or National ACNP or AGACNP by the time of hire. 
  •  Class of 2019-2020Timeline:

  • Program Application Open: July 2020
  • Application Deadline: October 31, 2020
  • Interviews: November, 2020
  • Candidate Selection: November/December 2020
  • Program Start Date: March 2021
  • FAQS: How many fellows will be selected each year? At the start of our program for the critical care track, we plan to select two APP surgical fellows. Do you have to be credentialed in the state of Colorado to apply? No. Once applicants are accepted, we will help you navigate the credentialing process prior to the program start date.  

    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Jul 27, 2020
    Unposting Date: Ongoing




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    Posted: 7/28/2020
    Application Due: 12/31/2020
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