Thundermist Health Center is a federally qualified community health center, serving three communities in Rhode Island – Woonsocket, West Warwick, and South County – for fifty years. Services include primary care, pediatrics, OB/GYN, internal medicine, dental, pharmacy, fully-integrated behavioral health (inclusive of psychopharmacology and counseling), school-based health centers, social services, and nutritional services, including the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program. Thundermist serves clients with and without health insurance. In 2019, Thundermist served an estimated 50,000 patients. Thundermist is a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home, the highest level of accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

About the Program

The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program is a twelve-month program providing intensive training to both the clinical complexity of family practice in the safety net setting and a high-performance patient-centered medical home model for primary care.

The program is specifically intended for primary care nurse practitioners who are committed to developing careers as PCPs in the challenging setting of community health centers and other safety net settings. The fellowship is a full-time, twelve-month salaried position with benefits. There is a one-year commitment to employment at Thundermist after completion of the program. The program structure includes precepted primary care sessions, specialty rotations, and didactic sessions.

Our fellowship training program aligns directly with Thundermist’s model of high-performance, team-based health care: advanced access scheduling, planned care, the chronic care model, and integrated behavioral health/primary care.

The 2020-2021 residency class will begin in September 2020 and conclude in August 2021.

Why Thundermist Health Center?

Our Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency Program will provide fellows with the opportunity to work as a member of a closely knit multi-disciplinary care team. The fellowship will begin with a new employee orientation. In addition, fellows will participate in walking tours of neighborhoods, tours of all Thundermist sites, meetings with community leaders, and receive technical training on electronic health record. Program leadership will also lead training in the responsibilities and privileges of medical staff participation at Thundermist.

Fellows will receive a unique and hands-on mentoring experience from a team of six highly experienced health care professionals. These professionals, known as fellowship preceptors, will work side-by-side with residents to help them develop the expertise they need to succeed in their field.

The Residency has five key components

  1. Precepted “Continuity Clinics”: These are the cornerstone of the residency. In precepted clinics, the NP residents develop their own patient panel while having an expert Thundermist provider (MD or APRN) exclusively assigned to them.
  2. Specialty Rotations: Ten rotations in areas of high-volume/high-burden/high-risk situations most commonly encountered in the setting of a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC). Rotations include: orthopedics, dermatology, women’s health, pediatrics, geriatrics, newborn/nursery, HIV care, trans* health, addiction medicine, and behavioral health.
  3. Didactic Education Sessions: Formal learning sessions on a variety of complex clinical challenges most commonly encountered in FQHCs. The content of the presentations is planned to correspond to the residents’ current clinical experiences.
  4. Quality Improvement Training: Training on Thundermist Health Center’s quality improvement model.
  5. Evaluations: The Thundermist Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Training Program provides an ongoing multi-input evaluation component using qualitative and quantitative measures.

How to Apply

Through a rolling admission process, we select four fully qualified psychiatric nurse practitioner fellows. Accepted applicants will be offered a full-time salaried position with benefits and will be expected to sign a one-year employment commitment to Thundermist upon completion of the residency program.

We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program. To apply, applicants must be a graduate of a master’s or DNP program, ANCC certification as a PMHNP, bilingual preferred with a stated commitment to practices as a PMHNP in safety net settings and an interest in integrated health care practice.

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