Meet Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates’ 2022 Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship Program class
The postgraduate fellowship program provides specialized training in emergency care
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (February 15, 2022) — Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates (MEMA) is proud to announce its 2022 new Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Program fellows. Madison Brown, Benjamin Burgett, and Bryon Ladd have been selected as the 2022 class of MEMA’s proprietary fellowship course that trains participants in highly specialized medical work in emergency medicine, preparing them for a future career with MEMA.
Launched in 2018 after nearly two years of planning, the MEMA APP Fellowship Program was the vision of MEMA CEO Tim Lietz, MD, FACEP, and Kathleen Jordan, DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAEN, FAANP. Limited to a maximum of three fellows per year, the program provides a comprehensive postgraduate program for physician assistants and nurse practitioners promoting evidence-based, high-quality, cost-effective emergency care. Fellowship participants are paired with MEMA leadership, administration, and clinical teams for nine months of intensive, formal clinical experiences and didactic classes. The unique approach to training builds on graduate academic curriculum educational preparation, teaching the skills and knowledge required to practice at the highest quality level of emergency care.
Goals of the APP Fellowship program include:
- Promoting competency and readiness to practice in the highly specialized, complex, and demanding emergency care environment.
- Fostering and facilitating the knowledge and skillset required to practice as a competent member of the interprofessional emergency care team through structured didactic and clinical education.
- Educating and training fellows in the specialized skills and procedures required for competent emergency care across the population continuum.
- Facilitating independence in evidence-based, cost-effective clinical decision-making and demonstrated improved patient outcomes.
- Recruiting and retaining competent advanced practice providers.
Kathleen “Kathy” Jordan, DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAEN, FAANP served as the first director of the APP Fellowship Program upon its commencement in 2018. With this class, Patrick Devane, PA-C will serve as director and Kathy will continue as assistant director of the program.
“We accept only the most exceptional candidates to the fellowship program who we are confident have the talent to demonstrate true excellence in the field of emergency medicine, which is why our fellowship classes are small,” says Jordan. “These postgraduate students usually go on to become our partners and part of our team, so we recruit fellows who we know will excel and share our passion for excellence in patient care.”
Meet the 2022 MEMA APP Fellows
A Charlotte native, Madison Brown found her professional stride balancing the pace, procedures, and knowledge required in emergency medicine. Driven by both the challenges of the field and the opportunity to help patients during medical situations that are frequently unexpected, Brown is constantly honing her skills and learning new information about her area of specialty.
Brown earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Chemistry minor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to get her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Wingate University. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and the North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB).
“I’m excited and honored to have the opportunity to learn and work alongside such an outstanding group of providers,” says Brown, about completing the Fellowship Program.
Prior to her fellowship, Brown spent a semester abroad studying at St. Andrews University in Scotland — also known as the college where Prince William met Kate Middleton. She is also an avid baker, known particularly for her brownies.
For Benjamin Burgett, the fascination with emergency medicine began during his time as a scribe in the emergency department. The fast pace of the environment combined with challenging cases and the opportunity to learn something new each day hooked him on emergency medicine as a career field. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Cellular Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Voice), Burgett went to complete his Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Wingate University.
“I am extremely grateful for the fellowship program and eager to continue learning from my colleagues,” says Burgett. “I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the MEMA APP Fellowship program and serve the community.”
Burgett’s goal as a practitioner is to become a well-rounded and efficient provider who excels in procedural skills and effective care for a diverse patient population. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and the North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB).
Burgett grew up in a multicultural home, has lived abroad and traveled extensively, and loves to explore new countries, cultures, and cuisines. His hobbies outside of work include running, hiking, cooking new foods, reading new authors and genres, and almost anything to do with music.
Bryon Ladd Jr. knows that empathy is everything in medicine – especially in an emergency medicine role. Ladd focuses his work on providing empathetic and effective patient care to a diverse population. He knows that carefully understanding patient needs and communication skills are critical in his field because virtually any situation can come through the doors at any time, requiring immediate treatment.
Ladd earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Science Human Performance from the University of Tampa, and subsequently earned his Master of Physician Assistant Medicine from the University of Tampa. He is certified by the North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certification pending.
“The APP Fellowship Program has been wonderful and I’m very excited to take my education to the next level in order to better serve my future patients,” says Ladd.
Outside of his medical work, Ladd has a passion for the outdoors and spends his free time doing outdoor activities of all kinds.
About Mid Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates, PLLC
Since 1976, MEMA has provided the 24/7 physician staffing for the Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. Emergency Department and currently also provides 24/7 Emergency Department physician staffing for Novant Health Matthews Center, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center and Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center. MEMA is a growing, independently owned emergency medicine practice with 120 clinicians, (physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.) Find out more at MEMA.net.