NP and PA Orthopaedic Fellowship
The Medical College Physician’s nurse practitioner (NP) and physician assistant (PA) post-graduate orthopaedic fellowship is a one-year training program that teaches participants to become skilled, well-rounded and current with evidence-based practice in the field of surgical and non-operative orthopaedic medicine. This program aims to attract either newly graduated NP and PA candidates or those with experience in practice, but all of whom share the desire to further their knowledge of care for the orthopaedic patient. One fellow will be accepted to the program per year, with potential to increase this number as success of the program expands.
Orthopaedic Fellowship FAQs
Do NPs still need to have a physician write a letter of reference if they only had a minimal contact with physicians during school?
For all APP candidates it is preferable to have one of your letters of reference come from a supervising physician. This can be someone with whom you’ve spent time shadowing, working a past job or who precepted you during school. If none of these scenarios apply to you, then a letter from a precepting APP during your school rotations will be accepted.
Do I compile and submit my letters of reference myself with my application or should I direct my references to submit the letters themselves?
It is our preference for all letters of reference be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org either by the applicant or the reference writers themselves. If the letters end up attached to the HR application, they will still get to us, but sending them to email@example.com is preferable.
I missed the January 31 application deadline/The September 1 start date would not work for me. Do you have a rolling application process or adjustable start date?
No, unfortunately we have a fixed deadline of January 31 for completed HR applications and all required documents in order to be considered for the open fellowship position on the fixed start date of September 1 of that year.
Do you still only have one available fellowship position per year?
Yes, at present we are only taking on one fellow per year. As our program matures, there will be consideration of expanding this, and we will be sure to update our website accordingly.
Are Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioners (AGNPs) able to apply even if there are pediatric components to the fellowship curriculum?
Yes. AGNPs are able to practice independently only for patients aged 13+ but this would not disqualify you from consideration for the MCW fellowship. If an AGNP were chosen, we can adjust our curriculum accordingly to give them the best educational experience. One option would be to entirely eliminate the 2-week pediatric rotation, while another would be to have the fellow still participate but only in an observational role.