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Critical Care Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship


This intensive Critical Care Fellowship (CCF) is an elective 12-month postgraduate training program for nurse practitioners (including ACNP/FNP) and physician assistants (PAs) interested in a career as a critical care APP. The curriculum includes a year of supervised clinical training in a variety of settings, including Surgical Critical Care, Neuroscience Critical Care, and Medical Critical Care, along with consulting services. Additional didactic training will focus on core competencies of critical care medicine, to include simulation experiences, case scenarios, Fundamentals of Critical Care course, and other relevant curriculum.


Applicants must be an APP student, new graduate, or experienced APP interested in a career in hospital medicine and must have 1) graduated from an accredited APRN (FNP/ACNP/CNS) or PA program, or 2) will graduate from their current program and be licensed, certified and credentialed in time for the program start date.


Applications open: January 15

Applications close: March 31

Invitation to interview: April 9

Interviews: Week starting April 19   

Notification of selection: May 1    

Fellowship start date: September 6

How to apply

There is no application fee.

  1. Before submitting this packet, you MUST apply for the position online at
  2. Email all of the following in one PDF to Do not send partial applications. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.
    • Cover letter
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Unofficial transcript from your APRN/PA program
    • Current license and certification(s)
    • Three letters of recommendation from clinical preceptors, mentors or colleagues who worked closely with you (preferably in the inpatient hospital setting) and can speak to your clinical care.
    • One-page personal statement describing your past inpatient hospital experiences and how the fellowship will further develop your career goals in the field of hospital medicine. 

You may be invited for an on-site interview. This is required for admission and travel costs will be at your expense. Expect to spend a full day in Albuquerque for interviews.  Due to COVID restrictions, your interview may be conducted electronically.

Fellowship Benefits and Expectations

As a fellow, you will receive a stipend of $61,000 - $94,500 (dependent on previous clinical experience) for the 12-month program and a benefits package similar to that of other UNMH employees. Beyond the 12-month fellowship, there is no guarantee of employment, nor are graduates required to commit to positions at UNMH. 

Over the course of your fellowship, you will complete approximately 1,750 supervised clinical hours and 250 protected learning hours. You are expected to work 12-hour days—including weekends and nights—depending on rotation.  

Fellows are guaranteed the nine holidays observed by UNMH and may take two weeks of vacation in one-week blocks (Monday through Sunday). Vacation requests for the year are taken on the start date and must be negotiated with the program co-directors. No vacation will be permitted during the first 16 weeks of the fellowship.

About the Fellowship

By the completion of the fellowship year, the APP fellow will demonstrate competency in:

  • The delivery of patient-centered care that is compassionate, appropriate, safe, and effective.
  • The ability to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of a critical care APP according to the core competencies of critical carePractice-based learning and improvement through application of feedback from preceptor/mentor evaluations and constant self-evaluation with commitment to improving patient outcomes. 
  • Professional and effective communication skills with patients, their families, and interprofessional colleagues in a manner that optimizes safe and effective care.
  • Qualities consistent with personal and professional development including dedication to intentional practice improvement, adherence to ethical principles, and integration of work-life balance skills. 
  • Awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care systems-based practice, and draw on other resources in the system to provide optimal care.

The didactic curriculum includes instruction in:

  • The core competencies of critical care medicine
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Other internal critical care medicine topics
  • Critical care procedures
  • Simulation lab
  • An interdisciplinary quality improvement practicum and project

The twelve-month CCF consists of five blocks:

  1. Critical care boot camp which orients the CCF to the program and essential topics including feedback, documentation, common diagnoses, and procedures.
  2. A broad critical care block in which the CCF will learn foundations of critical care.
  3. A Surgical Critical Care intensive block in which the CCF rotates through the Trauma/Surgical/Burn ICU as well as rotating with off service teams which complement our Surgical Critical Care program.
  4. A Neuro Critical Care intensive block in which the CCF rotates through the Neurosurgical/Neurologic ICU as well as rotating with off service teams which complement our Neuro Critical Care program.
  5. A Medicine Critical Care intensive block in which the CCF rotates through the Medical ICU as well as rotating with off service teams which complement our Medicine Critical Care program.

Critical Care Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship

Fellowship Program Co-Directors


Sara Lucero, MSN, ACNPC-AG

Megan Palaviccini, MSN, ACNPC-AG

Tony Tavitas, MSN, FNP, ACNP



Department of Surgery

1 University of New Mexico

MSC10 5610

Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001