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About This Division

Advanced practice providers (APPs), including physician assistants and nurse practitioners, have been a part of the Massachusetts General Hospital Emergency Department (ED) since 2002. APPs provide excellent clinical care throughout the adult emergency department and observation unit under direct supervision of the attending emergency medicine physician faculty, participating in 65% of the care for our patients.

The Division of Advanced Practice Providers Affairs includes:

  • Educational programs, both simulation and didactic, for APP staff and APP students
  • Research (for example, on APP integration into academic EDs)
  • National leadership in both the area of the medical directorship and APP professional organizations and teaching programs

In 2013 we started the APP-II program whereby APPs can work across divisions to be content experts in areas such as ultrasound, critical care, geriatrics and simulation, as well as other areas of interest such as addictions medicine, SANE training and wellness.

These collaborations have led to multiple publications and teaching opportunities and is acting as a model for other APP programs within the Mass General Brigham system. In 2018 we created the APP-III role, based on national leadership roles.

Our Goals

Within the Division of Advanced Practice Providers Affairs, we have four main goals:

Clinical: To provide excellent clinical care to all patients presenting to the Mass General Emergency Department.

Leadership: To work in national leadership positions in APP organizations.

Research: To collaborate on research throughout the ED and Mass General as a whole.

Education: To provide emergency medicine education to APPs, residents and students.

  • Stephanie Cooper, Administrative Director
  • Brian Baccari, PA-C, Co-chief APP
  • Erin Kelly PA-C, Co-chief APP