St Claire HealthCare Track in Hospital Medicine/Critical Care

St. Claire HealthCare (SCH) is the largest employer in the region; with over 1,200 staff members, including a growing medical staff of more than 125 physicians and nearly 70 advanced practice professionals representing more than 30 medical specialties. It includes the largest rural hospital in Eastern Kentucky, seven primary care locations located within five counties, a multi-specialty medical pavilion, two urgent care centers, a pediatrics clinic, as well as, a retail pharmacy, counseling center, medical equipment and supply store, and an outpatient center. Additionally, SCH provides home health and hospice services in eight counties within its 11-county service region.

Hospital Medicine/Critical Care:

This combined track in Hospital Medicine and Critical Care is located at St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead, Kentucky. Located at one of the leading rural acute care hospitals, this residency track is designed to provide essential experience in hospital medicine, critical care, as well as rotations in perioperative, emergency, and medical subspecialty areas. On-site faculty engage the resident through case-based learning at the bedside, weekly didactic learning, and critical care procedural training. By the end of the year, the resident will obtain a level of knowledge and skill mastery in hospital medicine and critical care to serve well on any inpatient team.

This residency track offers:

  • Access to learning and practicing in an integrated and leading rural healthcare system in the region
  • Supportive learning environment with smaller group size of learners
  • Opportunities to engage with various different acute care rotations and gain mastery in critical care procedures like endotracheal intubation and ventilation management
  • Opportunities to practice rural medicine with full scope of practice
  • Living in Morehead, Kentucky, in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachia Mountains in proximity to Red River Gorge and the Daniel Boone National Forest

Rotation Template (12 months):

  • Orientation & Hospital Medicine – Day service (Core didactic – Review of ACLS, Pre, and Post-op care, general surgery conditions)
  • Hospital Medicine – Day service (Core didactic -GI)        
  • Emergency Medicine –Day/Evening service (Core didactic -Pulmonary & Shock)
  • Hospital Medicine Medical ICU (MICU) – Day Service (Core didactic – Cardiology)
  • Admitting service – Day/swing/nights service (Core didactic – Neurology-stroke)
  • Hospital Medicine Consults – Day service (Core didactic – Seizures)
  • Perioperative/postoperative Medicine – Day service (Core didactic – Nephrology)
  • Family Medicine floor – Day service - (Core didactic – Infectious disease with emphases on sepsis)
  • Hospital Medicine - MICU – Day service (Core didactic – Critical Care)
  • Floor/Admitting service – Night service (Hematology/Oncology)
  • Elective (Family Medicine hospital, Diagnostic/(Interventional Radiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical ICU, Cardiology, or any of the core areas required)
  • Hospital Medicine Consults/admissions – two weeks on nights and two weeks on days


It’s all worth it — residency gives you the opportunity to have structured learning with set requirements on skills. This sets us up for success and will set us apart from others when applying for a job. I’ll have acquired skills it would take me years to get — if the opportunity would even be available. Think of it like a fast pass on the career roller coaster.

- Onieta Stewart, Hospital Medicine St. Claire Hospital, 2022-2023

As the (former) assistant PA residency director at St. Claire Healthcare for the University of Kentucky PA Residency, I find great fulfillment in teaching up-and-coming PAs, sharing the nuances of our field, and nurturing the next generation of competent, compassionate providers. With over a decade of experience as a PA in acute medicine my journey has been as much a learning experience for me as it has been about imparting knowledge. My dual role has reinforced my belief in continuous education as a cornerstone for the advancement and resilience of the PA profession.

- Ashley Fay, PA-C, Assistant Clinical Director 2022-2023

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John Jenkins, DO Clinical Director