The one-year Critical Care Physician Assistant Residency trains physician assistant (PA) residents to become highly skilled in the multidisciplinary, evidenced-based management of acute and critically ill adult patients. The program attracts new graduates and experienced PAs seeking a structured educational program leading to the accumulation of knowledge and skills.
The residency includes 12 four-week rotations plus vacation. Training is centered in the adult Critical Care Units of Einstein-Montefiore's Moses and Weiler divisions. The Einstein Division of Critical Care Medicine and Montefiore Jay B. Langner Critical Care System Department of Critical Care Medicine, a multi-specialty clinical department, include the ICUs used to educate surgical PA residents for more than 3 decades.
Rotations on the Moses Campus include:
- 16 weeks in the surgical ICU
- 16 weeks in the cardiothoracic ICU
Rotations on the Weiler Campus include:
- 16 weeks in the medical/surgical ICU
This schedule can be flexible to accommodate a resident’s interest in a specific area. In all locations, the ICU team includes critical care medicine fellows, staff PAs, and rotating housestaff under the direction of an attending intensivist physician.
Curriculum and Teaching Methods
PA residents function as housestaff members with identical coverage and call requirements as surgery or medicine residents on the same rotation. The principle teaching method is through case management of all patients including a history, physical exam, interpretation of laboratory tests, x-rays, cardio-respiratory physiology data, case presentation, and plan of care development and execution. Daily teaching rounds, weekly Grand Rounds, unit-based conferences and Critical Care core lectures are the framework of the didactic portion of the program. All procedures are performed by Critical Care housestaff.
All residents follow the guidelines established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
Stipend and Bonus
There is a stipend of $50,000 paid over the year. Each PA resident is awarded a certificate and a $5,000 bonus recognizing successful completion of the program.
David E. Keith, PA-C, MS
Chief Surgical PA, Critical Care Medicine
Director, Critical Care Residency Program for Physician Assistants
Mr. Keith received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Villanova University in 1969. was a medic in the US Army from 1970 to 1973, and graduated from the Pennsylvania State University/Hershey Medical Center Physician Assistant Program in 1978. He trained in the Montefiore Medical Center Postgraduate Surgical Residency for Physician Assistants from 1978 to 1981. In 2006, he earned a Master of Science degree from Long Island University.
Mr. Keith was the senior SICU PA from 1988 to 2003. He was the co-director of the Montefiore Surgical PA Residency from 1983 to 2000, and Director from 2001 to 2003.
From 2003 to 2008, he was the senior surgical PA at Beth Israel Medical Center. He returned to Einstein-Montefiore in November 2008.
Mr. Keith’s interests include the education of physician assistants in perioperative care, the role of PA involvement in teaching clinical patient care to interns and junior surgical residents, and the impact of surgical stress on chronic medical comorbidities.
Danny Lizano, PA
Associate Director, Critical Care PA Residency Program
Anthony Carlese, DO
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Critical Care)
Medical Director, Surgical ICU, Moses Campus
Medical Director, Critical Care PA Residency Program
Dr. Carlese is the Director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit on the Moses campus. He received his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in 1998.
Dr. Carlese is board-certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine as well as neurocritical care and Internal Medicine. He has over 10 years of experience as an intensivist, primarily in cardiothoracic Critical Care. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Thoracic Society, and is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.
Applicants are evaluated and chosen on a competitive basis.
Applicants must have the following credentials:
- Graduate of an ARC-PA accredited PA program
- Passed the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination
- Registered to practice as a PA in New York
- Application, submitted online or by email or mail to David Keith, Program Director (Apply Online) (Download Application PDF)
- Curriculum vitae
- Transcripts from college(s) and PA program
- Letters of reference
Interviews are arranged after application materials are received and reviewed.
Applicants are evaluated and chosen on a competitive basis, according to the following criteria:
- Interest in acute and critical care medicine
- Academic ability
- Work ethic
- Interpersonal skills
- Demonstrable evidence of motivation and commitment necessary to complete the program
Further information can be obtained from:
David E. Keith, PA-C, MS
Postgraduate Critical Care Residency for Physician Assistants
Montefiore Medical Center / Division of Critical Care Medicine
111 E. 210th Street
Bronx, NY 10467