Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship

Riverside APP Critical Care Fellowship


  • 12-month APP Fellowship in Critical Care
  • Designed for new graduates either Nurse practitioners with acute care certifications, Physician Assistants/Associates, or Acute Care Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) wishing to change specialties to Critical Care.
  • Clinical rotations, simulation lab training, and critical care procedure boot camps are combined with formal and informal didactic sessions.
  • Clinical rotations include majority of time spent in the Medical ICU, with additional rotations in Surgical ICU, cardiology, nephrology, neurology/neuro-intervention/stroke team, neurosurgery, pulmonary, gastroenterology, palliative care, internal medicine, infectious disease, cardiothoracic surgery, as well as elective rotations.
  • Professional development opportunities with the completion of a formal Performance Improvement project throughout the year.
  • Minimum 100 CME hours awarded for Fellowship completion. 
  • Apply to fellowship, click here.

Riverside Health system has been committed to education of all levels of healthcare team members from echocardiography, respiratory therapy, and nursing, to medical residents in Family Medicine, OB/GYN and Emergency department for many years. 

Serving as the hub for the health system, Riverside Regional Medical Center, a Level 2 Trauma Center, is the most comprehensive medical facility in the region, offering advanced diagnostics and emergency treatment. Fellowship rotations and didactics will be completed on the Riverside  Regional campus.

We are excited to offer this specialized educational opportunity to Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) with our APP Critical Care Fellowship with our 1st cohort matriculating in fall 2024. Riverside’s extensive resource network and high volume, high acuity patient population will allow the newly minted APP the opportunity to acclimate and learn in a guided environment from experts in the field.

Located in beautiful Tidewater Virginia our location offers “big city “amenities with a small-town feel. Our health system provides comprehensive care across several geographic regions from Williamsburg to the Eastern Shore and Middle Peninsula.  Primary fellowship clinical will be spent within the Level 2 450-bed flagship hospital, Riverside Regional Medical Center, located in Newport News.

Educational opportunities will include structured, specialized didactic sessions in addition to collaborative learning opportunities with our robust medical residency programs. Our state-of-the-art simulation center and faculty will provide individualized opportunities for procedural training.

  • Standardized curriculum platforms will be utilized and include participation in multiple core didactic blocks presented by National experts with additional specialty focused lectures and workshops. There will be a combination of in person in a synchronous learning opportunities will be utilize to best fit learner needs  
  • There will be competency-directed rotations with specific objectives focused on achieving a confident evidence-based, knowledgeable provider.  
  • In addition, to core didactics and rotations, the APP Fellow will participate in a Performance Improvement project to be completed over the course of the one-year fellowship. Fellows will also be provided hands-on learning opportunities through a provider-led procedural boot camp in Riverside’s Sim Lab and exposure to Point of Care Ultrasound.
  • Prepare the novice APP with advanced education and skills above the level of formal education to provide  and optimize quality safe care to complex critically ill adults.
  • To demonstrate proficiencies in core competencies of their respective fellowships.
  • Facilitate inter professional communication and collaboration within the health system.
  • Cultivate leadership through participation in mentorship program and development of Quality Improvement initiatives.


Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a specialized bridge to practice through advanced training for board certified Advanced Practice Providers enabling top of license practice, and delivery of exceptional patient care within the health system and community. Our guiding principle is to prepare providers “to care for others as we would care for those we love”.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to become a top destination employer for PAs and NPs by creating a specialized educational curriculum tailored to guide Advanced Practice Providers in developing competencies in patient care delivery and leadership within a multidisciplinary setting.  These opportunities will allow our engaged NP/PAs to develop critical thinking and high proficiency skills while delivering comprehensive high-quality care to our community.

Feedback and Evaluation

Weekly feedback sessions with bedside preceptors, as well as quarterly reviews with the program faculty will be utilized to evaluate the fellows’ progress.  Additionally, formalized didactic testing will be completed at the end of each curriculum block.

Program Dates

  • Applications open in January
  • Interviews will be held in April and May
  • Applicant selection will be made by June
  • Contracts presented to Fellow in July
  • Credentialing process to begin as soon as Fellow is Board Certified
  • Program start date: based on graduation date: August/September, or Oct/November
  •  Fellowship onboarding will coincide with a Riverside Medical Group Orientation Session
  • Graduation date: one year from start of program