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NP/PA Post Graduate Fellowship Program

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Shasta Community Health Center’s (SCHC) NP/PA Post Graduate Primary Care Fellowship Program is specifically designed for newly graduated and licensed NPs and PAs who desire:

  • Additional training in the area of primary care
  • Mentorship and guidance from seasoned clinicians
  • Experience providing healthcare to a diverse patient population within the community health care clinic setting

Our goal is to create a positive and structured approach to the new graduate’s first clinical practice.

The months following graduation shouldn’t have to be daunting. That’s why this twelve month, paid fellowship program is designed to help with the transition from student to provider by offering: (a) exposure to various specialties through rotations, (b) thought-provoking, weekly didactic programs, (c) experience leading a clinical team, (d) practice presenting difficult cases to peers and overseeing quality improvement projects, (e) and education on the broad range of services and skills necessary to be successful in treating the underserved.

Some of the specialties our Fellows interact with include pediatrics, women’s health, psychiatry, urgent care, homeless outreach, telemedicine, rural healthcare, infectious disease, pain management, and many more.

As fully licensed clinicians, our Fellows have independent clinics each week and build their own panel of patients. These clinics, along with specialty rotations, are always precepted by physicians, NPs and PAs who are dedicated to SCHC’s mission.

Independent clinic focuses:

  • History and physical exam techniques
  • Development of differential diagnoses, appropriate diagnostics, interpretation of diagnostics
  • Development of effective and evidence-based treatment plans
  • Proficient use of EHR system
  • Identifying patients appropriate for consultation and/or referral and processes for completion of referrals
  • Emphasis on team building and role as a medical team leader

Procedure clinics:

  • Incision and drainage of skin lesions
  • Simple skin biopsy techniques and suturing
  • Laceration repair
  • IUD and Nexplanon placement
  • Orthopedic and therapeutic injections

Before applying, please take a brief moment to read through all the information below. We want you to be confident in your decision to pursue a position as a Fellow with our organization.

Entry requirements:

To be considered for the program, applicants must have a Masters in Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant studies from an accredited institution. PA candidates need to be NCCPA certified and licensed to practice in the State of California. Similarly, NP candidates should be certified by either the AANP or ANCC licensing board as well as licensed to practice in the State of California. In addition to meeting all entry requirements, applicants will have a strong desire to learn the skills necessary to practice primary care within the community health clinic setting and treat the underserved populations of our community.

Program start dates:

Program start dates vary as we require a minimum of two but no more than four Fellows to begin a new cohort. Ideally, a new cohort would begin each spring and fall. While we are no longer taking applications for our October 2017 Cohort, we will be accepting them for our April 2018 Cohort through December 2017. We will likely fill all spots before reaching the deadline in December and strongly encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Application process:

To apply, please send us a cover letter and CV (Curriculum Vitae). This will help us gain a little context as to who you are, what experiences/credentials you have and why you are interested in our program.

Interview process:

Typically, potential Fellows will undergo an initial phone interview to be considered for an onsite interview. After a tour of our main campus and introductions to key staff, candidates participate in a “Q&A” style lunch where questions are asked and answered by administrators, preceptors and senior Fellows.

Applications and questions should be submitted to Caleb Addie, NP/PA Fellowship Support Specialist by email at caddie@shastahealth.org or by calling (530)-246-5986.

Thank you in advance for expressing interest in SCHC’s NP/PA Post Graduate Primary Care Fellowship Program; we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kindest regards,

Dorothy Bratton-Sandoval, MPAS, PA-C
NP/PA Fellowship Program Director
dsandoval@shastahealth.org
(530)-229-5191

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