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Emergency Medicine Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Postgraduate 18-month Fellowship

Mission Statement

To further advance the knowledge of a physician assistant or nurse practitioner who is interested in pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine. Fellows will receive hands-on training in various settings including the Emergency Department, intensive care units, and outpatient clinics with an emphasis on a provider goal of being "good, fast, nice, and well". Fellows are expected to uphold UPMC's Mission to serve our community by providing outstanding patient care and to shape tomorrow&rsquos health system through clinical and technological innovation, research, and education. Fellows are also expected to uphold the institution&rsquos values of quality and safety, dignity and respect, caring and listening, responsibility and integrity, and excellence and innovation.

Program Requirements

  • Graduate of ARC-PA accredited PA program or ANCC/AANP accredited FNP program
  • Current or expected NCCPA Certification or NP Certification prior to June 1, 2021
  • Eligibility for Pennsylvania licensure prior to July 1, 2021
  • Eligibility for Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) prior to July 1, 2021

Program Information

  • Block 1: 6 months of 75% education/25% clinical
  • Block 2: 6 months of 50% education/50% clinical
  • Block 3: 6 months of 25% education/75% clinical
  • Upon successful completion of the Fellowship, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the UPMC Pinnacle Department of Emergency Medicine.


Fellows receive a competitive compensation which increases with successful completion of each of the three educational blocks, and a competitive benefits package.

UPMC 2021 Benefit Highlights (PDF)


Interested in Applying? Please contact Jennifer Coates-Rush at or Denise Bordner at

  • Applications reviewed on a rolling basis
  • Eligible candidates will be invited to interview in Spring 2021
  • Emergency Fellowship start date: November 2021
  • Completion date of Block 1: May 2022
  • Completion date of Block 2: November 2022
  • Completion date of Block 3: May 2023

Contact: To learn more about our program, contact Jennifer Coates-Rush, Program Coordinator at

Program Directors

  • Anthony Guarracino DO, MHS, FACEP, FACOEP
  • Jason Dos Santos MSPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
  • Joey Wisner BS, PA-C

We are excited to offer this challenging new opportunity. When you join our family of over 60 UPMC Emergency Medicine APPs at the beginning of your journey in emergency medicine, we hope to make you feel supported and challenged. Along with our emergency medicine physicians, we strive to make each shift a safe and inspiring opportunity to become a thoughtful, skilled, and expert Emergency Medicine APP.


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