APP Surgical Residency Program Application Process

The Department of Surgery will select at least two 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 to the Surgical Residency

Applicants will complete the two-step application process:

1. Apply online. The application period for the class of 2017 has now closed. Please check back in January 2018 for the next application round and job ID details.

2. Applicants will submit the following materials in their entirety by postal mail:
All materials must be sent in one complete package. Individual items sent separately will not be accepted. 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 in a signed, sealed envelope
  • Copy of ACLS certification card
  • Copy of CPR card
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from clinical coordinator and preferred one from surgical rotation if applicable) - letters must be original in a signed, sealed envelope​
  • APP Application Checklist

Please mail the required documents to:

UPMC Advanced Practice Provider Postgraduate Residency Program
Forbes Tower, Suite 9048
200 Lothrop St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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

Residency Deadline

The application period for the class of 2017 has now closed. Please check back in January 2018 for information regarding the next application round.​​​​​​​​

Contact Us

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Amy L. Haller, PA-C
Director, UPMC Advanced Practice Provider Surgical Residency Program

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