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Program Details

Mission

The University of Kentucky PA Critical Care residency is dedicated to train Physician Assistant graduates in the field of critical care to provide exceptional healthcare to the critical ill patient.

Purpose

  • To educate and prepare recent PA graduates for transition into critical care practice
  • Meeting the healthcare needs for providing critical care in the community
  • Changing how PAs are educated in the everchanging healthcare delivery system from a physician training on the job of a new graduate in the field of critical care, to now meeting the demands of employers (hospitals) to be ready to practice at a higher level of competency

Benefits

  • Readiness to start working at a higher level of competency
  • Competitive advantage in employment
  • Meeting the need for sub-specialize care in hospital industry

Program Goals

  • To prepare the physician assistant (PA) to deliver healthcare in the field of critical care that is beyond the newly graduate level to an advance level of knowledge and skills
  • Educate competent critical care physician assistant to function at a higher level than a generalist PA
  • The education of the physician assistant for the practice of managing and caring for critical care patients encompasses education in basic science, training in cognitive and technical skills, development of clinical knowledge and maturity in the acquisition of clinical care thinking and judgement

Program Objectives

  • Medical Knowledge
    • Acute and Chronic Respiratory Failure as well Ventilatory-Associated Events
    • Shock/Resuscitation
    • Acute Kidney Injury
    • Trauma and Burns
    • Cardiac Disorders of Critically-ill Patients
    • Neurologic Disorders of Critical-ill Patients
    • Gastrointestinal (GI) Disorders of Critically-ill Patients
    • Liver Failure
    • Nutritional support
    • Infectious Diseases of Critically-ill Patients
  • Patient care
    • Respiratory Failure
    • Shock/Resuscitation
    • Acute Kidney Injury
    • Trauma and Burns
    • Cardiac Disorders of Critically-ill Patients
    • Neurologic Disorders of Critical-ill Patients
    • Gastrointestinal (GI) Disorders of Critically-ill Patients
    • Liver Failure
    • Infectious Diseases of Critically-ill Patients
    • Nutritional support
    • Procedural Competencies
  • Systems-Based Practice
    • Administrative Responsibility
    • Coordination and Transitions of Care
    • Billing and Coding
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
    • Improvement of Care
    • Teaching
    • Self-Directed Learning
    • Clinical skills and procedures
  • Professionalism
    • Professionalism and Personal Behavior
    • Ethical Issues in Critically-ill Patients
    • Personal Responsibility
    • Healthy Work Environment
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills:
  • Effective Communication with Patients and Families
  • Effective communication with the Healthcare Team

Rotation Schedule

  • 2 months Anesthesiology – Surgical ICU
  • 2 months Anesthesiology – CV ICU
  • 2 months Anesthesiology – Neuroscience ICU
  • 5 months Medical ICU
  • 1 month Elective - Nephrology, infectious disease, Interventional Radiology (IR), Point-of-care (POC) Ultrasound in the ICU, Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), Interventional Pulmonology, Pulmonology Consultation

12 months Total

Essential Experiences

  1. EMS ride-along (1 day minimum)
  2. Tour acute rehab facility
  3. Tour subacute rehab facility – Rockcastle Ventilation Hospital
  4. Tour Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) – Good Samaritan UK

Conferences

  1. Pulmonary Critical Care Medical Conference (weekly)
  2. Internal Medicine Grand Rounds (Friday, weekly)
  3. Acute Care Peer Review (monthly)
  4. APP Education Conference (monthly)
  5. Recommend one national conference
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