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UPMC Passavant Advanced Practice Provider Council Presents: APP Academy

November 3-4, 2023


The 2023 UPMC Passavant Advanced Practice Provider Council APP Academy is sponsored by the Passavant Hospital Foundation. 

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Course Overview:

This course is intended for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and nurse anesthetists clinically practicing in both inpatient and outpatient medicine. This two-day, multidisciplinary interactive event aims to educate APPs on up-to-date treatments and best practice guidelines for a variety of topics, as well as improve interdisciplinary relationships between APPs across local hospitals in order to better serve their patients. The course will aim to enhance both clinical and procedural skills by offering a combination of didactic lectures, hands-on workshops, and interactive panel discussions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Expand clinical knowledge and technical skills for the most common diagnoses that result in patient hospitalization.
  • Engage in professional development through networking opportunities and effective communication
  • Opportunity for direct demonstration, personalized instruction, and extensive hands-on practice in fundamental skills for the APP through full day of simulation labs.
  • Interdisciplinary, real-time, problem-based learning case study, which will improve abilities to work through differential diagnoses and form work-up and treatment plans.

UPMC Course Directors:

Theresa Celender, MPAS, PA-C, FAPACVS
APP Academy Course Director
Passavant APP Council, APP Academy Chair
Thoracic Surgery, UPMC Passavant

Lindsay Busch, MPAS, PA-C
APP Academy Course Co-Director
Passavant APP Council, Chair
Director of APP Education and Career Development for Pulmonary Partners
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UPMC Passavant

Libby Ernharth, MPAS, PA-C
APP Academy Course Co-Director
Passavant APP Council, Immediate Past Chair
Infectious Disease, Romano, Pontzer, & Associates Infectious Disease Specialist

Monica Leseman, PA-C
APP Academy Course Co-Director
Passavant APP Council
Tri-Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers, UPMC Passavant

Megan Tomaino, MPAS, PA-C
APP Academy Course Co-Director
Passavant APP Council, Vice Chair
Anesthesia, UPMC Passavant

Kailey Wilson, MSN, CRNP
APP Academy Course Co-Director
Passavant APP Council, Secretary
Hospital Medicine, UPMC Passavant

Executive Sponsors:

Alexandrea Bartow, MBA, MSN, ACNP-BC, CSSGB

Director, Clinical/Quality Documentation

UPMC Wolff Center

Course Contact:

Nicole Kaib

This activity is approved for the following credit: ANCC and AAPA Category 1 CME. 
This program has been approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for Class A CE credits.  


Discounted room rates available at:

Fairfield Inn & Suites Pittsburgh North/McCandless Crossing
901 Providence Boulevard
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237
Phone: 412-227-9600

Booking must be made via phone. Mention that you are with UPMC Passavant/Passavant Hospital Foundation at time of booking.