Advanced Practitioner Residency


Update: We regret to inform that we are no longer continuing the program for the year 2019-2020. The AP residency is on hold indefinitely. Please check back for updates.

The GW Medical Faculty Associates and the George Washington University Hospital offer a one-year Trauma/Critical Care postgraduate residency for new-to-practice or limited experience nurse practitioners and physician assistants (advanced practitioners or APs). The residency will provide training in trauma surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, and all medical and surgical subspecialties managed by the ICU. The goal is to establish a dedicated path for the AP resident in the areas of critical care and trauma. With the assistance of a designated physician and experienced AP mentor, the AP will learn the necessary skills to properly manage critically ill and acutely injured patients through hands-on experience and weekly conferences.

About APs

Physician Assistants

A physician assistant (PA) is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional. PAs practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. They practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories, with the exception of Puerto Rico.

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners (NP) are master or doctoral-prepared nurses that can diagnose, treat, and manage illness across the spectrum. When moving from bedside nursing to advanced practice nursing, NPs choose a course of study specific to the population they will be treating – such as acute care, family practice, mental health, and others. NPs enrolled within our Trauma and Critical Care Residency must be board certified in Acute Care.


With a growing patient population and increasing resident work-hour restrictions, APs are critical to meeting the needs of patients everywhere. Advanced practitioners complement the role of physicians collaborating to deliver better patient care and improve outcomes in a constantly changing healthcare environment.

Mission Statement

The George Washington University Hospital Advanced Practitioner Residency is a transition to practice program dedicated to enhancing the clinical skills and knowledge of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. Our mission is to cultivate high-quality advanced practitioners through challenging curricula, practical experience, and mentorship from dedicated leaders. We aim to shape strong leaders, both in quality and in clinical practice, who will transform the understandings and expectations of these providers. Over the course of twelve months, GW residents will complete multiple rotations that strengthen their practice in trauma and critical care. Through our residency, healthcare, careers, and clinical competence progress in a meaningful way.