NP/PA 2 Year Post Graduate Fellowship Program and “Pathway to Practice”

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Length of Program: 2 years
Class Size: 4 per year
Starting Date: 1st Week of October

Contact Information:
Andrea Kinney
Fellowship Program Coordinator
ankinney@shastahealth.org
(530) 246-5904

Program Description and History

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. This full time two year, 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, (e) and education on the broad range of services and skills necessary to be successful in treating the underserved.

As fully licensed clinicians, our Fellows have independent clinics each week and work in a team based model with their mentors. These clinics, along with specialty rotations, are always precepted by physicians, NPs and PAs who are dedicated to SCHC’s mission.

In the second year of our Fellowship, Fellows will begin building their own panel of patients. We are excited to bring "Pathway to Practice" to SCHC. The "Pathway to Practice" includes a clinical team of NP/PA, nurse and medical scribe. This allows the Fellows to perform as a fulltime clinician but still have the support of the Fellowship team as needed. In addition, advanced didactics will focus more on practice management and the transition to full-time practice as a team leader.

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

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 process 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

Clinic Rotations

  • Pediatrics
  • Urgent Care
  • Women’s Health
  • Telemedicine

Other Services at SCHC

  • HOPE Van
  • Homeless Outreach
  • HIV & Infectious Disease
  • Pain Management
  • MAT Clinic

Entry Requirements and Application Process

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.

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.

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.

Application Timetable*

Application November – March
Phone Interviews April – May
Site Visit May – June
Notification June
Start Date First week of October

* All are subject to change

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

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