Emory Critical Care Center NP/PA Post Graduate Residency


The Emory Critical Care Center NP/PA post graduate residency is a one-year training program that teaches residents to become highly skilled in the multidisciplinary, collaborative and evidence-based management of complex and challenging patients in the intensive care unit.  This program attracts new graduates seeking a structured educational program, who want to become experts and leaders in their field.

Critical care medicine is best delivered by an integrated team of dedicated professionals.  For three decades, physician assistants and nurse practitioners have been members of the Emory critical care team.

"Graduates of the new program are going to deliver the right care, right now, every time", say the co-directors of the new training program, W. Robert Grabenkort, PA and Heather Meissen, ACNP.  "Well trained Affiliate Providers are the foundation of high quality critical care."

The use of PA and NP personnel in the intensive care units is rising rapidly in the United States according to Timothy Buchman, PhD, MD, who is the founding Director of the Emory Critical Care Center.  "Academic and community hospitals across the nation are realizing that these professionals deliver great value to their hospitals, but most importantly to patients and their families."

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Program Medical Director
Timothy Buchman, PhD, MD

Program Co-Director
Heather Meissen, ACNP

Program Co-Director
W. Robert Grabenkort, PA

Mission Statement

Our mission is to prepare certified Physician Assistants and Acute Care Nurse Practitioners to practice the specialty of critical care medicine as members of a multi-professional team.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to provide an educational pathway for certified Physician Assistants and Acute Care Nurse Practitioners which imparts a strong didactic background as well as an intense, practical clinical experience and establishes high levels of proficiency and critical thinking skills in the practice of multidisciplinary critical care medicine.

About Emory Healthcare

For more than a century, Emory Healthcare has been at the forefront of medicine, combining cutting-edge interventional research and technology to improve and save lives.  As the clinical arm of Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Emory Healthcare has more than 1,500 licensed patient beds, over 11,000 employees and more than 20 health centers located throughout metro Atlanta, making it the largest and most comprehensive healthcare system in the state.  Emory Healthcare's two largest hospitals, Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown, were ranked 10th and 11th in the nation last year by UHC for their quality of care.  For more information, please visit www.emoryhealthcare.org.