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Nurse Practitioner Residency

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Welcome

Kirsten Flagg

Welcome aspiring nurse practitioners! I’m excited to open the application cycle for our seventh academic year. Since its inception, the East Bay Consortium Nurse Practitioner Residency program has led the way in creating a post-grad training experience that focuses on health equity, anti-oppression, clinical excellence and clinician-learner wellness. Just as we care for the whole patient at our clinics, we educate the whole person by teaching resiliency, creating community and teaching you the clinical content and skills you need to care for vulnerable populations in a busy, always evolving community health setting. We’re glad you found your way to this website and to this profession. And we can’t wait to meet you!

The East Bay Consortium Nurse Practitioner Residency program is a 12-month intensive training program designed to offer new Nurse Practitioners, in their first year of practice, an opportunity to master the skills and confidence needed to provide comprehensive, competent and compassionate care to diverse and often disadvantaged urban populations across the lifespan, using evidence-based, trauma-informed and collaborative approaches.

The program is a partnership between three federally qualified community health centers and an academic center: LifeLong Medical Care, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Bay Area Community Health, and University of California, San Francisco’s School of Nursing (UCSF-SON). Under the shared goal of building a diverse and excellent Nurse Practitioner workforce and improving access to quality care for vulnerable communities, the program harnesses the clinical expertise of providers from these health centers and UCSF-SON faculty to offer residents a unique curriculum and program structure that consist of primary care and specialty clinic rotations, weekly didactics and quality improvement projects.

Program Structure

Precepted continuity clinic (6-7 half days/week)
Two residents paired with one experienced clinician who is exclusively dedicated to teaching during that clinic, gradual ramp up schedule. Residents develop their own panel with pediatric and adult patients.

Mentored specialty clinic (1-2 half days/week)
One resident attached to one clinician, who has their own schedule. Specialty rotations located across all 3 FQHCs and may include gerontology, psychiatry, podiatry, urgent care, procedure clinic and MAT (medication assisted treatment).

Didactics (1 half day/week)
This includes case conferences, journal club and case-based and conversational presentations by experienced clinicians from throughout all 3 FQHCs and the community. Curriculum focuses on the delivery of quality care to vulnerable populations with complex medical and psychosocial problems.

Quality Improvement project (1 half day/month or equivalent)
This is an opportunity for residents to develop leadership and systems improvement skills through a year-long team-based QI Project.

What Makes Our Program Unique?

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  • High quality mentorship and preceptorship. Our preceptors all participate in rigorous teacher training from the Teach for UCSF Certificate Program.
  • Diverse clinical rotations and curriculum tailored to prepare you for caring for vulnerable populations in a clinically innovative urban setting.
  • Opportunity to specialize in either prenatal care or Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in addition to full-scope primary care.
  • Commitment to program improvement and academic excellence guided by our partnership with UC-San Francisco School of Nursing.
  • Strong demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity embedded in curriculum and values of the organization.
  • Every facet of learning is interdisciplinary. Training staff include professionals from diverse personal and professional backgrounds; some didactic sessions are offered in collaboration with Family Medicine Residency program.
  • Commitment to resident wellness and self-care

Health Center Locations

Employment Benefits

Residents are hired by the FQHC where they will spend the majority of their rotations. However, benefits are similar across all sites.

  • Residents earn 70% of starting Nurse Practitioner wages
  • Paid time off, sick and vacation
  • Comprehensive medical and dental benefits
  • 403B retirement plan
  • CME funds and time off
  • DEA reimbursed
  • Loan deferment & Perkins/Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility
  • Post-residency employment counseling

Applicant Qualifications

  • Completed MSN or DNP program within last 18 months
  • California state RN & NP license by start of program
  • Family Nurse Practitioner certified by accredited agency by start of program
  • Demonstrated commitment to work in safety net setting
  • Bilingual (especially Spanish) required for some positions, preferred for others (Scholarships available to candidates with cultural/linguistic fluency or strong commitment/plan to gain Spanish proficiency prior to residency start)

How to Apply

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The following items are required for a complete application. Please send all documents to npresidency@lifelongmedical.org. It is helpful but not necessary to send documents in a single email.

  • Resume. Include clinic rotation locations and hours as well as language proficiencies.
  • Unofficial MSN or DNP transcripts (Up until current date. Proof of graduation not necessary to apply.)
  • Three letters of recommendations (one academic, one professional and one of your choice.)
  • Personal statement (approx. 2 pages)
    1. What motivates you to work as a primary care NP in a safety net setting? If personal experiences have contributed to your career choice, please speak to this.
    2. How do racism and other forms of oppression show up in health care systems and settings and what is your role as an NP in undermining and dismantling oppression, in particular anti-black racism?
    3. This is a rigorous full-time program that requires study and prep time outside of work hours. How do you practice self-care?
    4. For those who think they may be eligible for the scholarship for service to the Latinx communities, please share what motivates you to care for this community and describe your cultural and linguistic proficiency. If not yet fluent, describe your plan you may have to improve your Spanish language abilities.

If unable to send all documents to email provided, please mail them to the following address:

East Bay Consortium FNP Residency Program
C/O LifeLong Medical Care
Attn: Brittaney Padilla
2344 6th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

Important Dates

Application cycle opens January 18.

Applications are due by March 31 for the 2021-2022 cycle.

Interviews will be scheduled: Weeks of April 12 & April 19

2021-2022 Residency year will start October 4

LifeLong Medical Care is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The East Bay Consortium Nurse Practitioner Residency Program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $3,200,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

Words from Our Residents

I am grateful on a daily basis for having done the LifeLong residency to help me build a solid foundation for working in Primary Care with a vulnerable patient population. NP education and training is fast, and having the built-in structured mentorship and support during my first year in practice was essential for helping develop my clinical skills, improving the quality of care I provide and my confidence as a new provider.

Zena Herman
2020 residency graduate and current LifeLong provider

[Residency] gave me a range and volume of experiences that made me a more confident provider. I think it was a very valuable experience to have the time to dig into clinical issues and the preceptorship of experienced providers.

Margaret Hsu
2018 residency graduate and current LifeLong provider