Director’s Welcome

Director’s Welcome

We appreciate your interest in the Cleveland Clinic Critical Care Fellowship for Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants. Our Advanced Practice Provider Critical Care Program has grown significantly over the last few years and we are excited to launch our training program. Our fellowship will train highly motivated individuals who wish to pursue a career in Critical Care Medicine. We will train our fellows to develop expertise in providing care to critically ill patients. The program includes didactics, simulations and a robust hands-on clinical experience. Our aim is not only to provide the tools necessary for our fellows to excel in their clinical practice of critical care medicine but also to support their career interests by providing exposure to quality improvement initiatives, research, education, and advocacy.

Program Description

Program Description

The Cleveland Clinic Critical Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Physician Assistant (PA) Fellowship is an innovative 12-month program with a mission to train post-graduate NPs and PAs to provide comprehensive critical care services to the most acutely ill Medical ICU patients. Fellows of the program will graduate with the critical thinking, diagnostic, and clinical skills necessary for the management of complex clinical cases while providing safe, efficient and evidence-based care to critically ill adults in today’s multi-disciplinary, team-based model of care. 

The 12-month, intensive training program is divided into trimesters providing the fellow with a comprehensive, structured transition into the fast-paced environment of Critical Care Medicine. Fellows begin with a boot camp to review and establish the fundamentals of practice. Each week includes protected didactic learning which includes case-based learning, lecture and simulations, all with an emphasis on applying evidenced based medicine. Clinical training includes 2 trimesters of preceptor rotations on intensive care units and other services followed by a final trimester of internship. NP/PA fellows participate in basic and advanced procedural simulation followed by rotations on procedural services and dedicated airway management training in the OR. Throughout training, Fellows are supervised by department NP/PAs and physician experts in their field. Each fellow receives instruction and mentoring in professional development including a structured, 1 on 1 mentored experience identifying and completing a quality or research project with the purpose of submitting the work in the form of an abstract or peer reviewed article to a national society. Upon completion of this 12-month intensive clinical training, mentorship and professional development each fellow will be a highly skilled and capable NP/PA in the field of Critical Care Medicine.

The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Practitioner (APRN-CNP) or Physician Assistant (PA) in the Fellow role reflects the mission, vision, and values of Cleveland Clinic, adheres to the organization's Code of Ethics, Corporate Compliance Program and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all regulatory and accreditation standards.

Clinical Curriculum

Clinical Curriculum


Core Rotations:

  • Main Campus MICU.
  • Fairview MICU.
  • Hillcrest MICU.
  • Medical Intensive Liver Unit.
  • Kemper CCU or Hillcrest CCU.
  • Main Campus Procedure Service.
  • OR Airway Training.

Elective Rotations:

  • Pleural Service.
  • ALD.
  • Primary Pulmonary.
  • Tracheostomy Rounding Service.

Clinical Education Experiences:

  • Infectious Disease.
  • Nephrology.
  • Cardiology.
  • Palliative Medicine.
  • Neurology.
  • Nutrition.
  • Respiratory Therapy.
  • ECMO Team.
  • RHC.
  • Tunneled Line Service.
  • Post ICU Recovery Clinic.
  • PFT Lab.


  • Weekly Dedicated Didactic Day.
  • Case Studies and Presentations. 
  • Critical Care Medicine Conference Series.
  • MICU Morbidity and Mortality Conference.
  • POCUS and Ventilator Rounds.
  • Fundamentals of Critical Care Science (FCCS).


  • Airway Management.
  • Critical care procedure course. 
  • Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS).


  • Mentorship Program.
  • Quality Improvement Project .
  • Multidisciplinary Team Development.
About Cleveland

About Cleveland

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Fellowship Leadership

Fellowship Leadership

 Humberto Choi, MD

Humberto Choi, MD
Medical Director, Critical Care Medicine APRN/PA Program
Operations Leader, Respiratory Institute Thoracic Oncology Program, Central Region
Medical Director, Respiratory Institute Smoking Cessation Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine, CCLCM

Joe Keller, PA-C  

Joe Keller, PA-C
Respiratory Institute APRN/PA Director 

Elisha Fleig Yin, PA-C  

Elisha Fleig, PA-C
Critical Care APRN/PA Manager 

Elizabeth Milligan, PA-C 

Elizabeth Milligan, PA-C
Critical Care APRN/PA Education Coordinator

 Kathryn Bash, APRN

Kathryn Bash, APRN 
Critical Care APRN/PA Education Coordinator

 Tyler Jones, MSN, BSN, AGACNP-BC 

Tyler Jones, MSN, BSN, AGACNP-BC
Critical Care APP Education and Simulation Coordinator

Maria Holztrager PA-C, Critical Care APRN/PA Central Campus Coordinator 

Maria Holztrager PA-C, Critical Care APRN/PA
Central Campus Coordinator

Applying to Our Program

Applying to Our Program

Eligibility Requirements

Nurse Practitioner:

  • Master’s degree in Adult Gerontology Acute Care certification from an accredited school/college of nursing.
  • Current license as a Registered Nurse in the State of Ohio.
  • Current Ohio license*.

Physician Assistant:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited Physician Assistant Program.
  • Current Ohio license*.

*All certifications and board examinations must be successfully completed 6 weeks prior to program start date.

Application Requirements

  • CV/Resume.
  • Personal statement.
  • Minimum for two letters of recommendation (PA/NP program director, Clinical Instructor).
  • Eligible for DEA licensure.
  • Current BLS/ACLS certification*.

*If not already completed at time of application, all qualifications must be completed 6 weeks prior to the start date.

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