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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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Directors | Mission | Vision | Center for Critical CareAbout Emory Healthcare


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

As the largest health care system in Georgia and the only health network in the state that brings together a full range of hospitals, clinics and local practices, Emory Healthcare is committed to providing patients and families with better, more collaborative care for all of their medical needs. The Emory Healthcare Network encompasses teams of providers at our locations across Georgia, including Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, Emory Rehabilitation Hospital and the Wesley Woods Center; Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital; Emory Clinic; and the Emory Healthcare Network physicians, ranging from primary to specialty care providers. Through our integrated, collaborative care network, we are dedicated to providing the standard of care that our patients expect and deserve.