• Fellowship Team
  • Fellowship Team 2
  • Fellowship Procedure
  • Fellowship Preceptor Room
  • Fellowship Team at the Sundial Bridge
  • Fellowship 11
  • Fellowship 12
  • Fellowship 1
  • Fellowship 3

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

Opening the Door: Necessity Leads to Innovation in the Search for Access to Primary Care
Read the Full Story »

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 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 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 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.

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:

Our program has recently evolved into a two year Fellowship. Program start dates are now annually, every October. Applications will be accepted every April followed by interviews in May and June. We will accept up to four Fellows each year.

Pathway to Practice:

In the second year of our Fellowship, Fellows will begin building their own panel of patients. This “Pathway to Practice” includes a clinical team of NP/PA, nurse and medical scribe. Our second year Fellows will 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.

We are excited to bring this option of Pathway to Practice to SCHC. We look forward to meeting you through the application and interview process and welcoming you to the SCHC family.

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 Alyssa Cargile, Senior Recruiter by email at acargile@shastahealth.org or by calling (530)-246-5970 or Andrea Kinney, Fellowship Coordinator by email at ankinney@shastahealth.org or by calling (530) 246-5904

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

Request An Appointment

News and Updates

  • September Patient Newsletter

    Wildfire Smoke & Your Health When smoke levels are high, even healthy people may have health problems. The best thing to do is to limit being out in it. Some of the tips below may help giv...

  • Clinic Closure Updates

  • August Patient Newsletter

    Mobile Mammograms - CANCELLED at Shasta Lake City (8/21) & at the Mission (8/23) Do you need a Mammogram? Take part in one of these breast cancer screening events. Each event will featu...

  • CANCELLED: Children's Health Event

    UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to the Carr Fire. For questions please call, (530) 246-5710. Partnership HealthPlan Member? Assigned to Shasta Community Health Center?  You a...

Our Locations