Our goal is to support Nurse Practitioners from transition of academic program to practice while preparing them for the difficulties of caring for patients in medically underserved areas.
Goals and Expectations
The fellowship program is designed to be rigorous and comprehensive. Fellows should be committed to the program which includes a full schedule of training, patient care, and didactics. Each track provides an array of opportunities that will advance skills and fellows should be prepared to take advantage and learn as much as possible by making this program a priority. Fellows learn over time and have constant access to expert providers who will help shape practice. A distinct aspect of this includes mentorship, networking, and professional growth. We expect our fellows to have a strong interest in working in community health centers on behalf of medically underserved communities. Fellows should have a passion for the primary care setting and be committed to working a full week, plus occasional on-call and Saturday shifts for one year.
Beginning in 2018, the CHN NP Fellowship has partnered with the Institute for Community Living (ICL) to provide primary care to their populations who are living with serious mental illness. The fellowship now includes rotations designed to supplement a new provider’s comfort level with providing person-centered and integrative care.
CHN’s NP Fellowship Program goals:
- Increase the amount of primary care and psychiatric providers in the community healthcare setting
- Provide recent nurse practitioners an opportunity to supplement skills learned in academia under the guidance of an expert provider
- Increase workforce retention rate of providers in primary care, community health and medically underserved areas
- Improve confidence, capability and job satisfaction of nurse practitioners
By the end of the year, Primary Care Fellows will be:
- Proficient in primary care in an urban community health setting with a medically underserved population
- Capable of seeing 18-20 patients per day in a clinical setting
- Able to treat a wide range of patients and conduct visits from prenatal to geriatric care
- Able to problem solve with ease and determine appropriate referrals and referral sources
By the end of the year, Psychiatric Community Healthcare Fellows will be:
- Proficient in psychiatric care in an urban community health setting with the medically underserved population
- Experienced in integrating psychiatric care and primary care and working in a team-based approach
- Capable of seeing 7-10 patients per day in a clinical setting
- Able to diagnose and manage a variety of mental health disorders
- Able to treat a wide range of patients of all ages
- Demonstrate proficient knowledge of psychopharmacology
- Be family nurse practitioners or psychiatric nurse practitioners OR family nurse practitioner or psychiatric nurse practitioner students graduating before the start of the fellowship. Doctorate students/candidates are encouraged to apply
- Have a masters in nursing from an accredited institution
- Have documents certifying they can work in the United States
- Be Board Certified OR eligible to obtain a Board Certification
2020-2021 Primary Care and Community Psychiatry Application Timeline
- January 1, 2020 – Application opens
- March 15, 2020 – Application closes
- April, 2020 – Some will be offered interviews at CHN central offices
- May, 2020 – Applicants are informed of final decision
- September 2020 – Fellowship begins
Admissions Requirements & Application for both tracks
- Fellowship application
- CV with month/year
- 3 Professional letters of recommendation if not Board Certified, 2 if Board Certified. Dated, signed and addressed to Dr. Navneet Kathuria. A letter should be from an education program, 1 letter from employment, and 1 of your choosing if not Board Certified.
- If more than 5 years post-graduation, 1 letter can be from your current supervisor (in lieu of education program), and 1 from your general employment.
- Letters can be sent independently or sent as part of the application.
- Essay Responses (2 pages, total. Not per question)
- Copy of Diploma (BSN, MSN) *If not obtained, please submit transcripts
- Copy of License as Nurse Practitioner *Please put N/A if not graduated
- Copy of License as Registered Nurse
- Federal DEA license *Please put N/A if not graduated
- National Provider Identifier *Please put N/A if not graduated
- ANCC/AANP certification (or evidence of eligibility)
*Please put N/A if not graduated
- Infection Control Certificate
- 2 passport photos
- Copy of state issued photo ID
- $50 application fee:– Can be submitted by check, payable to: Community Healthcare Network
OR– Can be submitted by PayPal to: [email protected] (put NP Fellowship in the notes)
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the program and what hours will I be expected to work?
Community Healthcare Network’s Nurse Practitioner Fellowship lasts for one year and starts in early September. Fellows will work a Monday through Friday schedule totaling 35 hours a week (7 hours per day with one hour lunch) and will take occasional Saturday shifts. Fellows, as employees, will also take on-call as scheduled.
What will the specialty rotations be like?
There will be rotations in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Inpatient rotations will take place in hospitals throughout New York City. Outpatient rotations will take place in various private practices and community based organizations located in the city. Fellows can expect to learn a wealth of information about specialty practice from these rotations.
Who will the preceptors be?
The preceptors will be a combination of experienced medical doctors, nurse practitioners and psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners employed by Community Healthcare Network.
What topics will be covered in the didactics sessions?
For the primary care track, the didactics each week will correspond with the specialty rotations as well as information needed when starting practice. For the psychiatric care track, the didactics will include topics that range from psychiatric medication management to best practices with special populations. In both tracks, significant emphasis will be made on working with the medically underserved population and those with co-morbidities.
I don’t live in New York City, can I still apply?
Of course! However, all fellows are required to have valid NYS RN and NYS APN licenses. In addition, we request that fellows live within the NYC metro area at the start of the program.
I’m not recently graduated, can I still apply?
Of course! We believe everyone can benefit from this program and leave it to your determination if the program is suited for you. We believe this program is especially fruitful for new grads.
I am not a Family Nurse Practitioner or a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, can I still apply?
Currently, we are only accepting family and psychiatric nurse practitioners.
What are the pay and benefits for this program?
Fellows will be employees of CHN with a competitive salary, full benefits and PTO which will be discussed at the interview. You can learn more about CHN’s benefits by visiting our Careers Page.
What if I need time off?
The NP fellow can schedule paid time off in advance, but it must be approved by fellowship leadership. The fellowship includes 15 paid vacation days, 4 personal days, and 12 sick days.
Who can I contact with more questions?
Please direct any questions or concerns to the fellowship email, [email protected]
Comments or questions are welcome.
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