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About Advanced Nurse Practitioner — PRACTICE Residency

Congratulations to the first graduates of the nurse practitioner residency program. They enter the workforce with new skills and confidence to make a real difference for the populations we serve.
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The Advanced Nurse Practitioner Primary care Residency in Addiction, Chronic care, Telehealth, Improvement science, Collaboration and Equity (Advanced NP-PRACTICE) is a residency program created in partnership between the UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis Health Medical Center and affiliated centers and clinics, as well as multiple Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHC).

The Advanced NP-PRACTICE residency is a full-time, limited-term employment and training opportunity. Successful applicants are hired into a 12-month position as Health Sciences Clinical Instructors. The program prepares recently graduated family and adult gerontology nurse practitioners (FNPs and AGNPs) to provide high-quality primary care in under-resourced areas. The goal is to accelerate N.P. resident development by sharpening their knowledge and skills in evidence-based primary care practice, critical thinking and independent decision making, as well as enhancing their clinical teaching skills. The residency supports newly graduated N.P.s as they transition into primary care practice through structured preceptorships and advanced educational training. They are also prepared as clinical instructors.

The 12-month, full-time and paid residency offers new N.P.s longitudinal primary care clinical practice experience at either a FQHC in an underserved area of California or at a UC Davis Health primary care clinic. In their clinical practice, residents are mentored to learn continuity of care and practice management. Intermixed with their primary care assignment, residents also experience a variety of specialty rotations such as telehealth, wound care, pain management, radiology and cardiology. The immersive curriculum also includes online advanced-learning modules, simulation training at UC Davis Health state-of-the-art simulation centers and scholarly or creative activities.

The Advanced NP-PRACTICE residency program trains up to 10 family or adult gerontology nurse practitioners each year.

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Funded by a $3.5 million grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), the Advanced NP-PRACTICE residency is designed to expand medical capacity and improve health outcomes for patients in California’s rural and underserved counties. This innovative program leverages the knowledge, skills and experiences of faculty and staff from several UC Davis Health programs and community partners to prepare N.P.s to help meet the primary care needs.

Current clinical sites in the Sacramento Metro Region include Health and Life Organization Inc., One Community Health, Sacramento County Health Center, UC Davis Health Internal Medicine Clinic and WellSpace Health. The clinical sites in Northern and Central California include Community Medical Centers in Stockton, El Dorado Community Health Centers in Placerville, Peach Tree Health in Marysville, United Health Care Centers in Fresno and Western Sierra Medical Clinic in Grass Valley.

The Advanced NP-PRACTICE Residency program seeks up to 10 family or adult gerontology nurse practitioners for the October 2022 to September 2023 cohort. This is a 12-month structured, mentored practice at either FQHCs in underserved areas throughout California or at UC Davis Health clinics.

Throughout the residency experience, N.P. residents collaborate with expert clinicians as they expand their clinical knowledge, hone clinical skills and gain the confidence needed to fully participate in team-based primary care, particularly in rural and urban underserved communities. Additionally, this program supports N.P. residents in gaining competence in population health, quality improvement, patient safety, practice management, leadership, telehealth, select specialty care and clinical teaching. N.P. residents also participate in scholarly or creative activities.

The Advanced NP-PRACTICE residency is a 12-month, full-time, limited-term faculty appointment and training opportunity. N.P. residents are engaged full time during the residency experience and typically scheduled for a minimum of 40-hour work weeks to meet all residency program requirements.

The N.P. residency curriculum includes an immersive, practice-based learning experience focused on organizational enculturation and professional development. This includes participation in:

  • Direct clinical care to patients at a primary care clinic within a mentored, structured environment with increasing responsibility for their own practice management as the year progresses
  • Patient care and teaching activities that support the mission, vision and advanced practice quality metrics of the organizations where they work
  • Select specialty care rotations to better understand how to manage complex health conditions in underserved settings
  • Participation in synchronous, asynchronous and in-person educational activities on relevant primary care practice topics
  • Interprofessional and individual simulation training at UC Davis Health state-of-the-art simulation centers
  • Opportunities to participate in educational conferences, grand rounds, journal clubs, case conferences and other scholarly opportunities
  • Development of clinical education activities for students, nursing staff or peers that may include providing lectures, teaching clinical procedures, precepting a N.P. or physician assistant (P.A.) student, co-leading clinical skills labs or facilitating small groups during simulations or case discussions

Advanced NP-PRACTICE residents are immersed in the clinical practice environment with much of their time spent providing direct clinical care, supplemented with structured interactive advanced training. Throughout the residency, N.P. residents are asked to provide feedback on their learning experiences to ensure they receive meaningful educational opportunities that prepare them to enter professional practice at a high level of competency. N.P. residents are evaluated regularly by their preceptors and also complete self-evaluations regularly.

Applications for 2022-23 open soon.

The information below provides additional details pertaining to the selection of the 2022 cohort. Complete application information will be updated by early December for the 2022 application period.

Zoom interviews are conducted between April 4 and 8.

  • Candidates invited for an online Zoom interview are notified in early March.

Candidates accepted into the residency program are notified via email or telephone no later than April 29.

  • Candidates have 72 hours to respond with their decision
  • If accepted, candidates must submit additional required documents (please refer to the Credentialing Documents Checklist)

Accepted residents must attend a mandatory pre-residency onboarding event (dates TBD) which are conducted in person at UC Davis Health in Sacramento if public health conditions allow or via Zoom if necessary.

Advanced NP-PRACTICE 2022-23 residency cohort begins Oct. 3.

Early December — Application opens

Feb. 1 — Application closes at 11:59 p.m. PST 

Week of March 7 — Applicants selected for interviews are notified 

April 4-8 — Required candidate interviews are conducted online via Zoom

Late April — Candidates are notified of acceptance into the program

Mandatory pre-residency onboarding days — Dates to be determined (conducted in Sacramento if public health conditions allow, otherwise via Zoom)

Oct. 3 — Program for 2022 cohort begins