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UPMC Preceptor Academy

The UPMC Preceptor Academy, established in 2014, was developed to advance the precepting experience for advanced practice providers (APPs), and to foster a highly effective learning environment for students. The UPMC Preceptor Academy is a diverse group of APPs, whose mission is to "develop and maintain an unparalleled Center of Excellence to forward the cause of APP professional and interprofessional development through facilitating the education, mentorship, engagement and fellowship of peers, learners, and colleagues."

The UPMC Preceptor Academy strives to:

  • Communicate important information to APPs about precepting.
  • Encourage APPs to provide educational experiences for students.
  • Develop programs that instruct APPs on methods, models, and best practices for precepting.
  • Create resource materials for preceptors that will help them prepare for student arrival.

See more educational opportunities for advanced practice provider students at UPMC. Please do not contact Fellows directly.

Meet Our Preceptor Academy Fellows

  • Shannon Altpeter, PA-C
    Department of Surgical Oncology
    UPMC Shadyside
  • Kimberly Barton, MSN, CRNP, ANP-C
    Magee Pre-Op Center
    UPMC Magee Internal Medicine
    UPMC Magee TCU
  • Brenda S. Bellissimo, PA-C
    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Montefiore, UPMC East
  • Matt Bishop, NP-C
    Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Services
    UPMC Community Medicine
  • Kimberly Bollinger, CRNP-BC, MSN
    Heart and Vascular Institute
    UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
  • Eric Bridenbaugh, PA-C, MPAS
    Trauma and Emergency General Surgery
    UPMC Altoona
  • Jami L. Burgoyne, PA-C
    UPMC Hamot Hospitalist Department
    Erie, PA
  • Claire Buxter, MPAS, PA-C
    Department of Surgical Oncology
    UPMC Magee Womens-Hospital, UPMC East, UPMC Monroeville Surgical Center, UPMC McKeesport
  • Lindsey Cornman, CRNP-BC, MSN
  • Jen Davison, DNP, CRNP, AGNP-C
    Community Provider Services
    UPMC Senior Communities
  • Sean P. Dent, MSN, ACNP-BC, CCRN
    Acute Nurse Practitioner
    Critical Care Medicine/Intensivist Program
    UPMC Hamot
  • Tammy L. Eaton, MSN, FNP-BC, ACHPN
    Critical Illness Recovery Center (CIRC)
    Department of Critical Care Medicine
    UPMC Mercy
  • Shannon Ferrari, MPAS, PA-C
    Department of Hematology/Oncology
    Women's Cancer Center, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
  • George Fichter, PA-C
    Northwest Hospitalists
    UPMC Northwest
  • Mary Greer, CRNP
  • Autumn Groscost, MPAS, PA-C
    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Shadyside
  • Emily Guerriero, PA-C, MPAS
    UPMC Presbyterian Hospital Neurological Surgery
  • Amie Hull, MSN, CRNP
  • Shenoa Jamieson, CRNP, SANE-P, SANE-A
    Child Advocacy Center of UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
    Advocacy Resources for Children (ARCH) Clinic
  • Samantha Jenkins, PA-C
    Interventional Cardiology
    UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Hamot
  • Kelly Kauffman, MPAS, PA-C
    Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgery
    UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
  • Laurel Kerr, PA-C
    Tri-State Neurosurgical Associates, Senior Physician Assistant
    University of Pittsburgh Physician Assistant Studies Program, Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Patricia K. Kitt, CRNA
    Department of Anesthesia Shadyside Hospital
  • Melissa Kolowitz, PA-C
  • Amanda Kristofik, DNP, CRNP
    Clinical Project Director, UPMC Center for Atrial Fibrillation
    UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute (multiple locations)
  • Nora M. Lersch, MSN, FNP-BC, AOCNP
    Gynecological Oncology Division
    UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
  • Kira A. Luka, MPAS, PA-C
    Same Day Surgery
    UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Sandra K. Majocha, CRNP, MSN
  • Heather McCrory, PA-C, MSPAS
    Surgical Oncology
    UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside Hospital
  • Katie A. McGuire, MPAS, PA-C
    Physician Assistant
    Critical Care Medicine Advanced Practice Provider Supervisor
    UPMC Hamot
  • Kelly Nicholas, MPAS, PA-C, CLT
  • Whitney L. Nolan, MPAS, PA-C
    Physician Assistant Senior, West Erie Medical Group
    UPMC Hamot
  • Leiren Pantages, MHS, PA-C
    Department of Gynecologic Oncology
    UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
  • Laura B. Pete, MS.Ed, MPAS, PA-C
    Physician Assistant, Expert
    Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Jenny Petrone, MPAS, PA-C
    Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    Sedation Services
    UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Brittany Quattrone, MSN, CRNP-BC
    Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    UPMC Mercy
  • Stephanie Rademacher, PA-C
    Family Medicine
    UPMC Hamot Heritage Primary Care
  • Angela Reino, MS, PA-C
    Department of Otolaryngology
    UPMC Horizon
  • Karlyn L. Rupert, MPAS, PA-C
    Department of Hematology/Oncology
    Women's Cancer Center, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
  • Donna Sheridan, CRNP-C, MSN
    Family Nurse Practitioner
    UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
  • Aimee Smith, MS, PA-C
  • Jackie L. Smith, MS, PA-C
    Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology Division
    UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital, UPMC Shadyside
  • Jordana Smith, PA-C
    Department of Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgery
    UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
  • Hayley M. Stettner, MPAS, PA-C
    Director, UPMC CCHM APP Hospitalist Fellowship
    Center for Community Hospitalist Medicine
    UPMC Passavant
  • Lauren Stitt, PA-C
    Department of Surgical Oncology
    UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Shadyside
  • William (B.J.) Vascik, MPAS, PA-C, MS, ATC
    Expert Physician Assistant 
    Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates
  • S. Noona Vehovic, MSN, RN, AC-PNP, FNP
    Department of Critical Care Medicine
    UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Kristi Veshinfsky, CRNP-C, MSN
    Primary Care
    UPMC Western Psychiatric
  • Kristen Weber, CRNP-BC, MSN
    Heart and Vascular Institute
    UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
  • Zachary V. Weber, PA-C
    Department of Orthopedic Surgery
    Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers
  • Antoinette Wilson, MMS, PA-C
    CMI Primary Care
    Latterman Family Health Center