About the Program

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UCSF Surgical and Critical Care Fellowship Program is recognized by the ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP) as an Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAP).

The UCSF Surgical and Critical Care APP Fellowship is a joint program of the Departments of Surgery and Anesthesia and UCSF Medical Center. 

The program is led by nurse practitioner Ivette Becerra-Ortiz DNP, MPH, NP, RN, NEA-BC, C-PNP and overseen by a distinguished roster of faculty

The program is also the first Critical Care program for APPs in California, and the first surgical APP program in the country to earn the Accreditation with Distinction designation from the ANCC.

The fellowship program is designed to expand upon the knowledge and skills acquired during nurse practitioner training. It prepares licensed and certified APPs to provide care to adults in critical care and surgical settings through focused clinical rotations. It also emphasizes the development of advanced assessment, planning, negotiation and collaboration skills and is fortified by critical care skills workshops and quality improvement projects.

UCSF has been a leader in expanding the roles and responsibilities of APPs in specialized areas of clinical practice. The fellowship offers a rich and varied didactic experience that includes rotations on adult inpatient services for:

  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Liver Transplant
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Advanced Lung Disease
  • General Cardiology / Cardiac ICU
  • Acute Care & General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery

UCSF is a recognized world leader in developing innovative solutions to health care delivery problems. The fellowship program leverages the resources within the UCSF system to prepare novice APPs to excel in a tertiary medical center.

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