Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Presents: APP Academy

September 11-12, 2020

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COVID-19 safety guidelines in accordance with state and local government, the University of Pittsburgh, and UPMC policies will be enforced:

The two-day course will practice social distancing by enforcing room occupation limits and safely spacing out workstations.  

All participants, faculty, and staff are required to wear PPE. Masks, eye protection, and gloves will be provided daily to all in attendance and assisting with the course.  

Surgical masks will be required when participating in hands-on stations. In situations where social distancing (greater than six feet) cannot be maintained, and close contact for longer than 15 minutes occurs, face shields or goggles will be required. 

Use of face covering does not replace COVID-19 mitigation practices, such as maintaining six feet distances, practicing of good hand hygiene, and staggering of work spaces. 

Intents and Objectives

This two-day course is specially designed for current practicing advanced practice providers (APPs) looking to build procedural skills and APP students interested in surgical specialties.

Program Includes:

  • Interactive didactic sessions featuring both APPs and physician faculty
  • Full day of hands-on training in cardiothoracic surgical techniques and bedside procedure skills
  • Fundamentals of robotic thoracic surgery
  • Overview of endoscopic vein harvesting
  • Essentials of bronchoscopy
  • Introduction to ECMO cannulation and management
  • Live hands-on ultrasound training

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for practicing Advanced Practice Providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants) and APP students interested in surgical specialties.

Course Directors:

Alexandrea Bartow, MSN, ACNP-BC, MBA
Director, Advanced Practice Provider Education and Development
UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Matthew Vercauteren, MPAS, PA-C
Thoracic Robotic Course Lead
UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Angela Gallagher MSN, ACNP-BC
Clinical Administrator
UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Course Contact:

Angela Kinnunen, MPA
Project Manager
UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery


This activity is approved for the following credit: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.