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Advanced Practice Clinician Dermatology Fellowship

Advanced Practice Clinician Dermatology Fellowship

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The Advanced Practice Clinician Dermatology Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a one-year, non-ACGME-accredited program that admits one fellow per year.

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The 12-month postgraduate Advanced Practice Clinician Dermatology Fellowship is designed for board-certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants who have recently graduated or who have limited experience in dermatology.

The program is affiliated with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and fellows are hired as full-time employees with benefits, including a Continuing Medical Education allowance.

The program includes a structured didactic and clinical curriculum, with a focus on demonstrating competencies specific to medical dermatology. Fellows attend daily lectures and gain hands-on experience in direct patient care through eight half-day clinical sessions per week.

Two half-day sessions are dedicated to independent study, which is vital to the success of the fellows.

Attending physicians within the department provide formal oversight and guidance throughout each patient care visit.

In addition, APC fellows are trained in various aspects of procedural dermatology, including shave and punch biopsy techniques, intralesional steroid injections, and the use of cryotherapy. While under the supervision of an attending physician, they are able to gain confidence and demonstrate competency prior to completion of the program.

Shadowing experiences in Mohs surgery, as well as other subspecialties both within and outside of the dermatology department, are available. Grand Rounds presentations and educational conferences are also built into this yearlong program.

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The goals of the Advanced Practice Clinician Dermatology Fellowship are to foster professional growth, promote excellence in clinical practice and develop advanced practice clinician leaders within the field of dermatology.

This transition-to-practice program allows advanced practice clinicians to expand their knowledge base and develop confidence in their specialty of choice, while remaining in a protected learning environment. The mentorship provided by attending physicians within the department has been integral to the success of this program, as is their commitment to a mission-based culture.

Through this program, the faculty members of Penn State’s Department of Dermatology demonstrate their passion for and commitment to training valuable and successful dermatology providers. Programs like this one emphasize a commitment to lifelong learning, a team-based approach to care and, most importantly, optimal patient outcomes.

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Applications to the Advanced Practice Clinician Dermatology Fellowship are generally accepted starting in November of the year prior to admission.

General Application Information

The program is affiliated with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and fellows are hired as full-time employees with benefits, which includes a Continuing Medical Education allowance.

Applicants must be graduates of an accredited nurse practitioner or physician assistant program, and board-certified through one of the major accrediting bodies specific to their discipline. Greater than one year of clinical experience as an advanced practice clinician is preferred.

To apply for the Advanced Practice Clinician Dermatology Fellowship, applicants must provide the following items:

  • A personal statement, to include the applicant’s purpose in fellowship study and future professional goals as they relate to dermatology.
  • An updated curriculum vitae, to include a detailed description of prior dermatology experience, if applicable.
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation, at least one from current or recent supervising physician or advanced practice clinician (nurse practitioner or physician assistant).
  • An application through the Human Resources website

Direct any inquiries related to the application process to:

Nicole Boyer, MSN, CRNP
Director, Advanced Practice Clinician Dermatology Fellowship
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033

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