MetroHealth Medical Center

Affiliated with CWRU — Cleveland, OH

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Positions available: 1
  • Salary:
  • Program Director: Allysen Shaughnessy, DMSc, PA-C, Morgan Henderson, PA-C, Alaina Lasinski, MD, FACS

Last updated: February 09, 2024


The MetroHealth APP fellowship in Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency General Surgery (EGS) is a 12-month post-graduate program designed to provide specialty training to a motivated APP interested in pursuing a career in trauma surgery, EGS, and/or surgical critical care. This role has dual responsibility as a student and clinical APP in the Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burns, and EGS. The APP Fellow will fulfill educational responsibilities in cadence with growth of clinical skills and incrementally increased clinical responsibility.

The curriculum will include a didactic and clinical experience under the guidance of experienced nationally recognized physicians and APPs in the trauma, EGS, and surgical critical care fields. Fellows will learn to perform a thorough trauma assessment and implement high-quality, well-rounded critical care at an American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center.

Education will be 20% EGS, 30% surgical critical care including burn ICU, 40% trauma, and 10% elective rotations. Elective options include surgical ICU, community trauma/critical care, life flight, neurocritical care, and others. The core curriculum will include recognition of traumatic injury, initial management of the traumatically injured patient, along with recognition of complications and identification of surgical emergencies.

The fellow will learn surgical management and recognition of options for non-surgical management of trauma, EGS, and critically ill patients. The fellow will have an opportunity to participate in weekly educational lectures, morbidity and mortality reviews, ongoing quality improvement and research projects, and monthly APP-specific education.

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) certification will be provided. Clinical procedure training will include but is not limited to:

Airway skills such as intubation and surgical airways
Acute hemorrhage management, including tourniquet use and deep laceration repair
Surgical treatment of musculoskeletal trauma, such as fasciotomy technique and management, and removal of foreign bodies
Assessment and management of blunt and penetrating torso trauma, such as FAST exam and chest tube placement
Intraoperative surgical skills, including sterile technique, patient positioning, retraction, and surgical knot tying for both Trauma and EGS
Critical care skills, including central and arterial line placements, bronchoscopy, and ventilator management

Program started 2020

How to apply

Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited master’s degree Physician Assistant (PA) program, graduate of an accredited master’s degree Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program, graduate of an accredited master’s degree Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) program, or a grandfathered equivalent
Nationally certified through NCCPA, ANCC, or AACN (by matriculation date)
Licensure for PAs: Hold a license as a PA through the State Medical Board of Ohio (by matriculation date)
Licensure for NPs: Hold a license as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and a Registered Nurse (RN) through the Ohio Board of Nursing (by matriculation date)
Eligible for federal DEA registration
ACLS and BLS-certified

Please email the following documents to by May 31st, 2024.

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Updated Curriculum Vitae or Resume
A cover letter or letter of intent
Two letters of recommendation
Official transcript from master’s PA/AGACNP/ACNP program (if not yet graduated, your most up-to-date transcript will be accepted)
NCCPA/ANCC/AACN exam scores (if available at time of application)

About the hospital

  • Beds: 731
  • ICU beds: 45
  • Trauma faculty: 35

Fellowship procedures


2500 MetroHealth Drive
Cleveland, OH 44109


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