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The Advanced Practice Clinicians (APC) Residency Program is an intensive one-year program for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants which has the following goals:
• Prepare APCs to assume full responsibility for primary care of complex populations across all life cycles and in multiple settings.
• Provide new APCs with a depth, breadth, volume and intensity of clinical training necessary to serve as primary care providers.
• Build upon the education and practice base acquired in the educational program. The APC Residency will develop the clinical and operational confidence necessary for efficient, effective and productive practice as a member of the health care team.
• Increase the number of APCs choosing to build long-term careers in family practice and selected specialty areas by ensuring future job satisfaction of the APCs as well as their employers which ultimately leads to workforce retention.
• Promote confidence and capability in Residency graduates to assume leadership positions within the healthcare system of the future.
The residency year begins with a two-week intensive orientation to North Mississippi Health Services (NMHS), North Mississippi Medical Clinics (NMMCI), NMMC's Family Medicine Residency Center, the neighborhoods in which the training sites are located and the health problems of the target population. A two-week orientation includes introduction to the system by leaders within NMHS and NMMCI, orientation by the medical officer and clinical director to the responsibilities and privileges of medical staff participation, and technical training on the electronic health record.
The residency has four key components:
Precepted “Continuity Clinics”:
These are the cornerstone of the residency. In precepted clinics, the residents develop their own patient panel while having a provider (MD or APRN) exclusively assigned to them.
Required rotations are offered in clinical sites of high-volume/high-burden/high-risk situations most commonly encountered in the following areas: Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Endocrine, Hospitalist and Geriatrics. An additional rotation may be selected from the following areas: Cardiology, Orthopedics, ENT or Neurology.
During independent clinics, the NP residents work as a member of a team and see patients at the delegation of the primary care providers, who remain available for consultations.
Didactic Education Sessions:
Formal learning sessions on a variety of complex clinical challenges most commonly encountered in the clinical setting are presented one day a week
Residents are required to participate in other activities which include weekly residency meetings; community events such as health fairs and free clinics; membership on NMMCI clinical committees and task forces; and continuous training in NMMCI’s high-performance health system: access, continuity, planned care, team-based, prevention focused and use of electronic technology.
The residency year is an extremely intense experience. Residents are scheduled for 40 hours per week. Residents are expected to schedule time off in advance and with the approval of the program clinical director. Residents are fully accountable to their patients and practice colleagues and are expected to complete all assignments and submit evaluations at the required intervals.
Feedback, coaching, mentoring and peer evaluation are components of the residency, along with formal precepting and instruction. Opportunities for personal and professional growth through feedback and identification of potential growth areas are one of the unique aspects of the program.
Most of the rotations take place within the NMHS and NMMCI; however relationships in other specialty areas are developed as needed.
University Credit for Nurse Practitioners
The APC Residency may be taken for course credit for the Doctor of Nurse Practitioner program at Mississippi University for Women. Three courses will be offered for credit: Fall 2013, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014. To be considered for the Nurse Practitioner Residency the applicant must have completed a Master of Science in Nursing with certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner within the previous 18 months. In order to receive course credit from Mississippi University for Women (MUW), an application will also have to be submitted to MUW. Please see the website at www.muw.edu for the application for admission to the university.
Applicants must be recent graduates (less than 18 months) from an accredited Master’s program, licensed and certified or license/credential-eligible. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the national certification examination as early as possible in order to be fully credentialed by the start of the residency in mid-August but must have the exam scheduled by Sept. 30.
Four positions are available each year. The deadline for submitting your completed application packet, personal statement, 3 letters of recommendation (one must be from the Chair of the master’s program from which you graduated) is June 14, 2013. Only applications completed by June 14 will be considered for review by the Selection Committee. Interviews will be conducted during the month of June. The panel of interviewers is comprised of the APC Residency Medical Director, the Clinical Director, the Residency Coordinator, the Administrator of Operations, a Regional Director of the clinic system, and a physician assistant. Applicants will be notified of admission decision in July. The 2013-2014 APC Residency class begins on August 18, 2013. Applications should be sent to Heather Redwood, 1665 South Green Street, Tupelo, MS, 38804.
Resident Compensation and Benefits
The residency is a 12-month program. APC Residents are paid $20,800 to be paid bi-weekly over the course of the program, as well as benefits and a $750 educational allowance.