Adult Critical Care Fellowship

The NP/PA Adult Critical Care Fellowship is an innovative 12-month training program that teaches APP fellows to become highly skilled in the multidisciplinary, collaborative, and evidence-based management of complex and critically-ill patients in intensive care units. It attracts NPs and PAs seeking a structured educational program to support and guide their development of proficient clinical decision making and their application of specialized skills in the care of the critically ill through in-person didactics, online classrooms, simulation, proctored procedures, and mentored clinical experiences.    
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About Our Fellowship

Why Choose a Critical Care Fellowship?

Why Choose a Critical Care Fellowship?

  • Structured experiences are great for new graduates or transitioning to a new practice area.
  • Mentored learning in mentored clinical rotations:
  • Core critical care education and clinical skills
  • Critical Care Anesthesia – CVICU
  • Critical Care Medicine – MICU
  • Critical Care Neurology – NICU
  • Critical Care Surgery – SICU
  • Solid Organ Transplant Critical Care – TICU
  • Palliative Care
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Procedure service
  • Electives
  • Other Experiences
    • Multi-professional education
    • Simulation and hands-on skill training
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APP Adult Critical Care Fellowship Leadership

APP Adult Critical Care Fellowship Leadership

APP Fellowship Program Director
Sarah Vanderlinden, MPAS, PA-C

Fellowship Program Administrator
Julie Raaum, DNP, APRN

APP Fellowship Medical Directors
Thomas Carver, MD
M. Tracy Zundel, MD

Program Details

Program Details

Length of Program

Start Date
March and September start dates annually

APP Fellow Cohort Size
Recruitment of up to 2 APP fellows every March and September

Credentials Awarded
Certificate of completion

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements


  • Completion of an accredited nurse practitioner master’s or doctoral program prior to the start of the fellowship
  • National board certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Eligible for licensure as a NP in Wisconsin
  • Eligible for a DEA license
  • Acceptable criminal background check


  • Completion of an accredited physician assistant’s master’s program prior to the start of the fellowship
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants certified
  • Eligible for licensure as a PA in Wisconsin
  • Eligible for a DEA license
  • Acceptable criminal background check
Application Details

Application Details

Application Deadlines
October 31 for start date March
January 31 for start date September

How to Apply

  • Complete the Human Resources application.
  • Submit to Human Resources:
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Education Transcripts
    • Copy of BCLS and ACLS card (must be American Heart Association issued)
    • Three reference forms (at least one from your program faculty and one from a physician)
    • One-page statement of interest in postgraduate fellowship training
    • If you have any questions, please contact our provider recruiter, Gabrielle Pollard at (414) 955-8676 or via email at
Fellowship Benefits

Fellowship Benefits

  • Immersion in specialty clinical practice and education
  • Professional mentorship and networking
  • Salary of $60,000
  • NP and PA MCW benefits
  • Continuing education stipend
  • Recruitment incentive and post-graduate placement support

“I knew the program would provide a variety of experiences managing patients with critical care needs in a protected learning environment. What I did not know was the impact these experiences would have on me, and how many relationships I would develop over the course of the program. This last year has been the most challenging and rewarding of my life. I truly feel being able to rotate through every ICU as well as other high acuity services was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I also did not expect the level of support and encouragement I encountered on every rotation.” 

APP adult critical care fellow

Contact Us

Sarah Vanderlinden, MPAS, PA-C

APP Fellowship Director and APP Critical Care Program Director

Gabrielle Pollard

APP Fellowship Recruitment

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