APP Cardiac Surgery Residency Program Application Process

The Department of Surgery will select at least one qualified applicants to participate in a 12-month residency.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants will meet the following requirements:

  • Graduate (prior to the residency start date) of an accredited physician assistant or acute care nurse practitioner program
  • Available for an in-person interview during the months of April - May.

Physician assistant graduates:

  • PANCE certification (if applicable)
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • A current state PA license, certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required prior to start date

Nurse practitioner graduates:

  • BSN, MSN Candidate is preferred
  • A current state RN license and CRNP certification is required prior to start date
  • ACNP preferred

How to Apply

Acceptance to residency program is contingent upon successful completion of the UPMC credentialing process and a pre-employment health screening.​

Applicants will complete the two-step application process:

1. Apply online to Job Opening ID # 664273.

2. Applicants will submit the following materials in their entirety by postal mail:
Incomplete applications will not be considered

  • Copies of Pennsylvania Act 33, 34, and 73 clearances
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal narrative
  • Official transcripts from NP/PA Program- must be mailed directly from school to our office
  • Copy of ACLS certification card
  • Copy of CPR card
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from clinical coordinator and preferred one from surgical/Cardiac surgery rotation if applicable)
  • Please provide documentation of a shadowing experience or clinical rotation with a Cardiac Surgery Service and be able to describe the role of the surgical PA/NP that you observed.
  • APP Application Checklist
Application Deadline April 23, 2018

Please mail the required documents to:

UPMC Advanced Practice Provider Cardiac Surgery Residency Program
UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Suite C-903
200 Lothrop St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Attn: Angela Kinnunen

Acceptance to residency program is contingent upon successful completion of the UPMC credentialing process and a pre-employment health screening.

Contact Us

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Christopher M. Vayansky MPAS, PA-C
APP Supervisor
Director, Cardiac Surgery Education UPMC APP Surgical Residency
Heart and Vascular Institute

Angela E. Kinnunen, BA
Project Specialist, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
Suite C-903
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: 412-648-6342
Fax: 412-648-6358

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