Einstein/Montefiore Division of Critical Care Medicine

Critical Care Physician Assistant Residency Program

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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.

Training Rotations 

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.


Dr. Hayley Gershengorn Director Physician Assistant Residency Program Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NYHayley B. Gershengorn, MD
Medical Director, Critical Care Medicine Clinical Physician Assistant Service and Critical Care Medicine Physician Assistant Residency Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Critical Care)
Assistant Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Dr. Hayley B. Gershengorn is interested the utilization of ICU resources and the association of resource utilization with clinical outcomes. Her most recent research focus has been on identifying variations in care delivery (e.g., ICU bed utilization, intravascular catheter use, parenteral feeding) for patients with critical illnesses. Ultimately, recognizing variability may allow for acknowledgement of best practices and, ultimately, more standardized care delivery. Her past research has included evaluation of the utility of nurse practitioners/physician assistants in the ICU, the outcomes of patients following cardiopulmonary arrest in the ICU, and the impact of natural light on critically ill patients.

Dr. Gershengorn received a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1998 prior to obtaining her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 2003. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell in 2006 and her fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at New York Presbyterian-Columbia in 2010. Sandwiched between her residency and fellowship, Dr. Gershengorn spent a year as a management and strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company during which time she worked closely with health care organizations to improve operations, quality, and administration. Prior to coming to Montefiore, Dr. Gershengorn was an assistant professor and intensivist at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

Dr. Gershengorn joined the Einstein-Montefiore Division of Critical Care Medicine in September 2013.

Danny Lizano, PA-C, MSHS, FCCM 
Program Director, Critical Care PA Residency Program

Mr. Danny Lizano was born and raised in the Bronx and attended DeWitt Clinton High School. He received a bachelor of science in biology at Binghamton University in 2005 and master of science in health sciences from George Washington University in 2007. He returned to the Bronx and completed a post-graduate residency in surgery at Montefiore Medical Center with honors. He received the Michael and Ailing Sherman Award for Surgical Physician Assistant (PA) resident of the year in 2008, and accepted a full-time position in the division of Critical Care Medicine at Montefiore upon completion of his training.

Mr. Lizano is Director of the PA Education and Post Graduate Residency in Critical Care Medicine at Montefiore. He is an adjunct professor for the Mercy College PA program. An active member in the Society of Critical Care Medicine, he has served as Secretary/Treasurer and is currently the Chair-Elect of the Society’s PA section.

In January 2015, he was the ninth PA to be inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He enjoys teaching surgical residents and physician assistant students, and promoting the role of physician assistants in Critical Care Medicine.

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.

Admission Requirements 

Applicants are evaluated and chosen on a competitive basis.

Applicants must have the following credentials:

  1. Graduate of an ARC-PA accredited PA program
  2. Passed the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination
  3. Registered to practice as a PA in New York

Application Materials 

  1. Application, submitted online or by email or mail to Dr. Hayley Gershengorn, Program Director (Apply Online) (Download Application PDF)
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Transcripts from college(s) and PA program
  4. Letters of reference

Personal Interviews 

Interviews are arranged after application materials are received and reviewed.

Applicants are evaluated and chosen on a competitive basis, according to the following criteria:

  1. Interest in acute and critical care medicine
  2. Academic ability
  3. Work ethic
  4. Interpersonal skills
  5. Demonstrable evidence of motivation and commitment necessary to complete the program

More Information 

Further information can be obtained from:

Danny Lizano, PA-C, MSHS, FCCM
Program Director
Postgraduate Critical Care Residency for Physician Assistants
Montefiore Medical Center
111 East 210th Street
Gold Zone, Room G-159
Bronx, NY 10467



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Moses Campus
Montefiore Medical Center
Ground Floor, Gold Zone
111 East 210th Street
Bronx, NY 10467

Phone : 718-904-3015
Fax : 718-863-5763

Einstein Campus
Jack D. Weiler Hospital
1825 Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY 10461

Phone: 718-904-3015
Fax: 718-863-5763

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