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About the Program

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

The program is led by nurse practitioners Kerry Decker, RN, MS, ANP-BC and Thomas Farley, RN, NP, ACNP-BC and overseen by a distinguished roster of faculty

The UCSF Surgical and Critical Care Fellowship Program is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The program is also the first Critical Care program for APRNs in California, and the first surgical APRN 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 graduate nursing training. It prepares licensed and certified AG-ACNPs 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 nurse practitioners 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
  • Neurosurgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Advanced Lung Disease
  • CT Surgery
  • General Surgery 

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 AG-ACNPs to excel in a tertiary medical center.

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