Advanced Practice Provider (NP/PA) Fellowship – Perioperative and Specialized Care



The mission of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Peri-Op and Specialized Care Fellowship is to offer extensive clinical practice experience, combined with academic program  through comprehensive training with the goal of forming Advanced Practice Providers prepared to deliver efficient, safe, patient-centered postoperative and specialized care to a diverse oncology patient population.

Fellowship Overview

At Memorial Sloan Kettering, our Advanced Practice Provider-driven model in the Anesthesia Pain Service (APS), Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), and Step Down Unit (SDU) allows APPs to autonomously manage patient care in collaboration with attending physicians for those services. The goal of the fellowship is to provide comprehensive training, which will be the key to forming well-prepared APPs in the specialty area. APPs will, in turn, be prepared to provide efficient, safe and patient-centered postoperative and specialized care management to a diverse patient population.

Fellow Clinical responsibilities will include:

  • Obtaining patient health histories
  • Performing comprehensive physical assessments
  • Ordering and analyzing laboratory and diagnostic studies
  • Formulating and implementing treatment plans
  • Coordinating patient care
  • Evaluating the patient’s response to treatment plans

The program consists of three, equal length rotations with APS, PACU and SDU.  The fellows will be guided by experienced preceptors, managers and the fellowship director.

Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

The fellow will work collaboratively with Anesthesiologists, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Primary Surgical Teams, and Registered Nurses to efficiently recover patients who have undergone anesthesia.  In this rotation, the fellow will focus on improving assessment skills to react to the patients quickly changing status.  This clinical area treats side effects of nausea, increased pain, difficulty breathing, agitation and those patients having trouble regaining consciousness so that the patient will have a stable transfer to the inpatient unit or discharge home.

Step Down Unit (SDU) 

In this rotation, the fellow will obtain patient health histories, do comprehensive assessments and give presentations during multidisciplinary rounds.  There is an emphasis on formulating and implementing treatment plans for acute and chronic illness management in collaboration with Critical Care Medicine, Surgical and General Medicine Attending Physicians.  The fellow provides direct clinical services and coordination of care for Critical Care Center patients including mechanical ventilator management and interpretation of diagnostic/laboratory tests.

The Pain Service in The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (APS) 

Will offer APP fellows knowledge and experience in acute and chronic pain management.  The fellows will acquire pain management understanding and clinical skills, by rotating with the postoperative pain management APP group, inpatient chronic pain management group and the outpatient chronic pain management clinic.  This rotation focuses on interventional and medical pain management modalities including patient-controlled analgesia, epidural and intrathecal catheter management, ketamine infusions and spotlight evaluations for various peripheral nerve blocks.

Length of Program

12 months

Number of Positions

2 per year, starting August/September 2021

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioners
  • Family Nurse Practitioners
  • Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Current New York State RN and NP licenses, or PA license
  • All applicants must be graduates of Accredited United States University Programs

Interested applicants: Please submit completed application, personal statement, Curriculum Vitae and three letters of recommendation.

**Please upload personal statement, CV, and recommendation letters as a single attachment in the resume section of the online application

Letters of recommendation should be from the following sources:
1. Peer/Colleague
2. Advanced Practice Clinical Instructor, Faculty, Program Director, or Preceptor
3. Current or prior work supervisor


Application Deadline

April 15th, 2021

Program Directors

Kelly Haviland Ph.D., FNP- BC

Nicole Zakak, MS, RN, CPNP, CPHON

Program Coordinators

Elizabeth McAvoy, FNP-BC

Sarah Rebal, ACNP-BC

Olivia Baldisserotto, MSN, APN, FNP-BC, CPHON®, ACHPN®