(CHARLOTTE, NC) – November 2020. Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates’ (MEMA) Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship Program honors their 2020 graduating class: Johanna Rossitch, PA-C and Jillian Rengel, FNP-C.


In late 2016, MEMA’s APP Fellowship program was a vision of MEMA’s CEO, Tim Lietz, MD, FACEP and by 2018, the program was up and running with Kathy Jordan, DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-C, SANE-P, FAEN FAANP at the helm leading the team. Today, she serves as co-director along with Patrick Devane, PA-C. Fellowship participants, only two per class, are placed with MEMA leadership, administration, and clinical teams for 9 months of intensive, formal clinical experiences, and didactic classes.


The goal of MEMA’s APP Fellowship Program is to provide a post-graduate program for physician assistants and nurse practitioners that promotes evidence-based, high quality, and cost-effective emergency care.  Through an innovative approach, this fellowship builds on the basic educational preparation accomplished through the graduate academic curriculum. The program’s goals are to:


  1. To promote competency and readiness to practice in the highly specialized, complex, and demanding emergency care environment.
  2. To foster and facilitate the knowledge and skillset required to practice as a competent member of the interprofessional emergency care team through structured didactic and clinical education.
  3. To educate and train fellows in the specialized skills and procedures required for competent emergency care across the population continuum.
  4. To facilitate independence in evidence-based, cost-effective clinical decision-making and demonstrated improved patient outcomes.
  5. To recruit and retain competent advanced practice providers.


“Working with these post-graduate students gives us additional time to teach the knowledge and skills needed to provide high-quality emergency care,” says Kathy Jordan, DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-C, SANE-P, FAEN, FAANP and MEMA co-director of the APP Fellowship Program. Jordan also sits on the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (AAENP) Fellowship task force, which is working on creating standards for Fellowship programs across the country and shares, “MEMA seeks out outstanding candidates and working with these new graduates gives us the advantage to work and create a strong workforce for our teams and partners.”


“MEMA’s Fellowship program has helped me to evolve from a student to a confident provider,” says Johanna Rossitch, PA-C and 2020 Fellowship graduate. She adds, “It has facilitated building a good foundation for what I hope to be a long tenure with MEMA and our partners.”


Congratulations to both Johanna Rossitch, PA-C, and Jillian Rengel, FNP-C as they begin their roles as Advanced Practice Providers. Johanna Rossitch has been hired by MEMA to practice emergency medicine.


Foreground – Left to right – Kathy Jordan, Co-Program Director, Johanna Rossitch, PA-C (grad fellow), Jillian Rengel, FNP-C (grad fellow) Rear – Left to right – Patrick Devane, PA-C – Co-Program Director, Beth McInnis, FNP-C APP Director, Sankalp Puri, MD, Medical Director, Mint Hill Medical Center Emergency Department, Tim Lietz, MD CEO MEMA, John Murphy, PA-C, Faculty