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Family Nurse Practitioner Fellowship

In 2017, the Institute will launch a Family Nurse Practitioner Fellowship program, with a focus on training new Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) to provide outstanding primary care to people of all ages in medically underserved communities. The Fellowship comprises both precepted and independent patient care sessions at the Institute’s Walton Family Health Center in the Bronx, as well as specialty rotations and didactic training.

The Nurse Practitioner Fellowship program builds on the Institute’s long history of innovative health workforce development programs, most notably our family medicine physician residencies. The program will create access for additional patients, while preparing the FNP Fellows for continued practice in high-need communities. The Fellowship fills a gap in NP education by providing new NPs with a structured, supervised year of clinical practice and continuing education, not unlike a physician residency program.

In our inaugural year, the program will enroll two Nurse Practitioners Fellows. The program year will run from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. Fellows are employed full-time for one year and earn a modified salary commensurate with the Institute’s salary scale for nurse practitioners, adjusted to reflect their participation in training as well as reduced visit productivity expectations.

Program Leadership:

Fellowship Program Director – Margaret Walsh, FNP

Senior Advisers – Yvonne Eisner, RN, FNP-BC; Red Schiller, MD; Eric Gayle, MD; and Andrea Maritato, MD.

Fellowship Components:

  • Precepted – Continuity Clinics: 3 sessions/week
    • These are the cornerstone of the fellowship. In precepted clinics, the FNP fellows develop their own patient panel while having a CHC provider (NP, MD or DO) assigned exclusively to them.
  • Independent Clinics: 3 sessions/week
    • At independent clinics, NP fellows work as a member of a team, in which they see patients at the delegation of the primary care providers, who remain available for consultations.
  • Specialty Rotations: 2 sessions/week
    • Two-to-four week clinical specialty rotations in: cardiology, orthopedics, dermatology, women’s health, pediatrics, geriatrics, newborn/nursery, HIV care, adult, adolescent and child behavioral health, and healthcare for the homeless.
  • Didactic sessions: One afternoon a week

Application Process:

For the 2017-2018 fellowship year, applications are by invitation only. Interested individuals who completed clinical placements at the Institute as students should contact their clinical preceptor to request an application.