|Einstein/Montefiore Division of Critical Care Medicine||Bronx, NY||12 months|
Critical Care Physician Assistant Residency Program
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.
Hayley 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. 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.
Gargi Mehta, PA-C, MSHS
Program Director, Critical Care PA Residency Program
Ms. Gargi Mehta was raised in San Francisco, and completed a bachelors degree in international relations at UC Irvine, followed by a masters of health sciences from Western University in 2007. She relocated to the Bronx and completed a post-graduate residency in surgery at Montefiore Medical Center where she accepted a full-time position in the division of Critical Care Medicine. Since then, she has worked at both NYU Medical Center Critical Care divisions where she participated in weekly fellowship simulations, published along with her colleagues in the ICU Director Journal and created a monthly journal club for rotating PA students and residents.
Ms. Mehta is Director of the PA Education and Post Graduate Residency in Critical Care Medicine at Montefiore and a member within the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
She 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.
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 Dr. Hayley Gershengorn, 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