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Nurse Practitioner Residency

Expert emergency medicine physician educators and veteran nurse practitioners prepare NP residents to become competent, confident clinicians.

Description

The Nurse Practitioner Residency in Emergency Medicine offers an extraordinary opportunity for nurse practitioners to acquire additional proficiency in the care of patients with acute, emergent, or critical illness.

It encompasses approximately 3,000 clinical hours of patient contact over 15 months, starting each year in November. Clinical rotations take place in both the adult and pediatric sections of the ED; as well as in medical and surgical specialties; and are designed to provide the nurse practitioner a solid foundation in the clinical skills, knowledge, and procedures relevant to emergency medicine. 

During rotations in the ED, the NP resident evaluates and treats patients under the direct supervision of attending physicians as well as veteran nurse practitioners. This close relationship provides an outstanding forum for the NP resident to learn from the impressive diversity and complexity of medical conditions presenting to the ED. NP residents work alongside physician residents and physician assistant residents in the Emergency Department in a collegiate environment. During rotations away from the ED, NP residents work under the supervision of both physicians and advanced practice providers. 

The faculty in Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center are renowned for their accomplishments in teaching, research, and publication. Areas in which faculty currently have special interest and expertise include global emergency medicine, toxicology, geriatric emergency medicine, wilderness and environmental medicine, emergency department administration, clinical and basic science research, and medical education and simulation. The nurse practitioner is invited to explore such areas through elective time or personal interest.

Welcome from Our Residency Director

The Department of Emergency Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center (NYPH-WCMC) launched its post-graduate residency program for nurse practitioners in 2015. The Nurse Practitioner Residency in Emergency Medicine offers an extraordinary opportunity for nurse practitioners to acquire additional proficiency in the care of patients with acute, emergent, or critical illness.

NYPH-WCMC is an internationally-recognized, tertiary-care teaching hospital and medical center, providing advanced clinical care and research in all the major medical and surgical specialties. It is a designated Level I Trauma Center; as well as a receiving center for stroke, burn, and cardiac patients. Its Emergency Department (ED) sees over 90,000 patients annually and also sponsors established residencies in emergency medicine for physicians as well as physician assistants.

Overview

The Nurse Practitioner Residency in Emergency Medicine encompasses approximately 2,500 clinical hours of patient contact over 12 months, starting each year in November. Clinical rotations take place in both the adult and pediatric sections of the ED; as well as in medical and surgical specialties. The rotation schedule is designed to provide the nurse practitioner a solid foundation in the clinical skills, knowledge, and procedures relevant to emergency medicine.

During rotations in the ED, the NP resident evaluates and treats patients under the direct supervision of attending physicians as well as veteran nurse practitioners. This close relationship provides an outstanding forum to learn from the impressive diversity and complexity of medical conditions presenting to the ED. NP residents work alongside physician residents and physician assistant residents in the Emergency Department in a collegiate environment. During rotations away from the ED, NP residents work under the supervision of both physicians and advanced practice providers.

WCM Emergency Medicine faculty are renowned for their accomplishments in education and research. Areas in which faculty currently have special interest and expertise include global emergency medicine, toxicology, geriatric emergency medicine, wilderness and environmental medicine, emergency department administration, clinical and basic science research, and medical education and simulation. The nurse practitioner is invited to explore such areas based on personal interest. 

The Nurse Practitioner Residency in Emergency Medicine currently accepts 2-3 candidates each year through a competitive application process. Strong preference will be given to candidates with significant prior emergency medicine and critical-care experience. Board certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in acute care, emergency medicine, or family practice is required to enter the residency.

Curriculum Overview and Application

Clinical Rotations 

The current rotation calendar for the Nurse Practitioner Residency in Emergency Medicine is described below. Rotation duration and sites may change from year to year, depending on site availability and evaluative feedback from the NP residents. The calendar encompasses approximately 2,500 clinical hours over 12 months, starting each November.

Emergency Medicine (includes Teleheath elective)28 Weeks (2-4 week blocks)
Anesthesia2 weeks
General surgery/Burn3 weeks
Orthopedics2 weeks
Radiology1 week
Pediatric Emergency Medicine4 weeks
Medical ICU4 weeks
Ophthalmology 1 week
Neurology1 week
Internal Medicine2 weeks
Vacation3 weeks
Orientation1 week
Total52 weeks

Didactic Learning 

The majority of learning throughout the residency program is clinically based and at the bedside, under the supervision of both physicians and senior advanced practice providers. Post-shift, the nurse practitioner should read independently to learn more about the specific diseases and patient presentations encountered that day. Supplementing this clinical experience is an evidence-based, didactic curriculum integrated into each clinical rotation.

The residency begins with a week-long, classroom-based orientation, which introduces the Emergency Department’s electronic medical record, operating procedures, and workflow. Lectures and hands-on sessions cover fundamental emergency medicine topics such as splinting and suturing; EKG interpretation; and approach to the medical and surgical conditions commonly seen in the ED. The opportunity to register for Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) as well as the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) course is also offered at this time.

During clinical rotations in the ED, the NP resident attends an hour-long morning report session offered four times per week. Led by senior physician residents and an attending physician, the morning report discusses recent patient presentations, in a seminar format. The NP resident also attends a weekly conference series in emergency medicine, for which CME credit is available. Speakers include faculty from the medical colleges of both Cornell and Columbia University; as well as distinguished faculty from other medical centers (Grand Rounds). During rotations away from the ED, the NP resident may also attend conferences sponsored by the host department.

Procedural skills and hands-on learning are emphasized during regular sessions in a state-of-the-art medical simulation lab; as well as multi-day courses on Advanced Airway Skills and Point-of-Care Emergency Sonography.

Application Process

Applications are accepted each year from January 1st to April 30th for the new residency class beginning in November.  Candidates selected for a personal interview are scheduled to visit the Medical Center in May. By early June, the residency program extends offers of acceptance. A new residency class begins in November and lasts 12 months.

Application Requirements  

  • Nurse practitioner residency application [PDF] 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Personal statement 
  • Official NP program transcript (sent directly from program) 
  • GPA of 3.5 or above 
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from NP program director (on institutional letterhead, sent directly by the writers) 
  • Application fee of $40 (payable to Emergency Department, NYPH - Weill Cornell Medical Center)

Requirements to Enter Residency (Initial Hospital Credentialing)

  • Degree from an accredited nurse practitioner program 
  • Current Nurse Practitioner board certification 
  • Current New York State license 
  • Active DEA number 
  • ACLS, PALS, and BLS certification 
  • ATLS certification (may be obtained after orientation week) 
  • New York State certifications in Infection Control and Reporting Child Abuse

Benefits and Salary

NP residents are staff associates employed by Weill Cornell Medicine with clinical appointments at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. For 2019-2020, the residency stipend was $55,000 per year, with medical, dental, and vision benefits; paid vacation; as well as $750 for CME expenses. On-campus housing and parking are offered but subject to availability. Each resident is expected to work a fair share of day, evening, night, and weekend shifts; as well as legal and religious holidays.

In-Service Board Review Program

Nurse practitioner residents attend a yearly, comprehensive emergency medicine board review series. In addition, the Department of Emergency Medicine sponsors an annual, two-day regional CME conference for advanced practice providers. The conference theme varies from year to year; and may be viewed at: www.emclinicalupdates.com.

Along with the didactic curriculum, NP residents meet regularly with the Chief ED Nurse Practitioner to evaluate individual progress and performance. The Medical Director also convenes periodic meetings with the NPs to discuss academic topics and administrative issues of particular interest to the group.

Residency Director Contact Information

Rosa Borensztein, ANPc, PNPc
Director, Nurse Practitioner Residency in Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 East 68th Street M-130 New York, NY 10065
Phone: (212) 746-0595
Fax: (212) 746-4883
Email: rborensz@nyp.org

Contact by e-mail preferred.

https://emed.weill.cornell.edu/rborensz%40nyp.org
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Mailing Address
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Weill Cornell Medical Center
Weill Department of Medicine
525 E. 68th St., Box 179
New York, NY 10065

Office of the Chairman
525 E. 68th St., M-130
New York, NY 10065
(212) 746-0780

Residency Office
530 E. 70th St., M-124c
New York, NY 10021
(212) 746-0892
mup4002@med.cornell.edu

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