Fitzgerald Health Education Associates

January 2015

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Residency & Fellowship Programs NP Residency and Fellowship Programs: Gaining Momentum THE FORMATION OF RESIDENCY AND FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS for NPs in the United States is slowly but steadily gaining momentum. Although postgraduate pro- grams remain relatively few, they are becoming more common, especially in community settings. Furthermore, these programs are somewhat controversial, 1 as there are calls from some entities in healthcare to make residency programs mandatory for new NPs. 2 Program Goals Residency and fellowship programs provide intensive training for both new and clinically experienced NPs. These full-time, structured, formal postgraduate pro- grams are designed to help new NPs make a smooth, successful transition from student to clinical practice, or to facilitate the transition of practicing NPs to a new clinical area. New NPs who want additional clinical education before enter- ing practice, and who are accepted to a program, have the opportunity to com- plete a 6- to 12-month residency prior to taking their first job. Fellowships are an avenue for practicing NPs who want to change disciplines or career paths, as well as for new NPs who want to follow a career path in a subspecialty area. Another primary goal of these programs is to increase the number of NPs practicing in specific clinical settings or specialty areas. In fact, the first NP residency program, started in 2007 by Margaret Flinter, PhD, APRN, C-FNP, at Community Health Centers (CHC), Inc. in Connecticut, was created not only to ease new NPs' transition to practice, but also to increase the number of family NPs in the high-intensity practice site of a federally qualified health center (FQHC). 3 Areas of Growth The CHC family NP residency program began with four NP residents and cur- rently has 10 family NPs over the course of a 12-month residency. Health centers such as CHC are one area where NP residencies are expected to grow. CHC is a FQHC; as such, they receive federal funding to provide comprehensive primary care to underserved or vulnerable populations. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 Inside Residency & Fellowship Programs ........................... 1 Certification Q&A ............. 5 Review Courses ............... 8 Contraceptive Pearls ....... 9 News Briefs ..................... 11 Memorial ........................ 22 2015 Live Courses Clinical Update (2-day course) NP Essentials Skills and Workshop (4- or 2-day courses) Pharmacology Update (2-day course) The Art of Wound Repair (1-day course) NP Certification Exam Review Course Tracks Family, Adult-Gerontology, and Adult Primary Care Acute Care, Adult- Gerontology Acute Care Pediatric Primary Care Psychiatric & Mental Health Women's Health Click or see page 8 Look for bold orange text for clickable web links. Fitzgerald Health Education Associates f Committed to the success of nurse practitioners 1 Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, Inc. 978•794•8366 Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2015

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