Movement Disorders Nurse Practitioner Fellowship

Nurse Practitioner Fellowship

Applications are now open for this one-year fellowship, which will run from July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023. Applications will be accepted and interviewed on a rolling basis.

Host sites: Columbia University Medical Center, NY, NY
                    and
                    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Positions available: Two fellowship seats open at each location, four fellowships in all

About the Fellowship: The Fellowship consists of a one-year immersion devoted to the study and treatment of movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease (PD), Huntington's disease (HD), dystonia, tremor, myoclonus, tic disorders, gait disturbances, choreic disorders, the tardive syndromes, and other disorders of the basal ganglia and cerebellum. This educational experience capitalizes on the strengths of the two host sites, emphasizing clinical trials, deep brain stimulation, and a diversity of interdisciplinary resources, including epidemiology and biostatistics, neurogenetics, neurophysiology, biomedical engineering and more.

Data will be collected throughout the one-year fellowship measuring the impact and learning that take place. The ultimate goal is to get the Fellowship recognized as an accredited Fellowship by the American Nurse Credentialling Center.

Mission: The mission of the Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program is to provide advanced subspecialty education through classroom and clinical learning.

Upon completion of the program, the Fellow will be prepared for independent practice and continued professional advancement focused on improving care for persons with movement disorders across settings and over time in the context of family and community.

Requirement: Fellows can generally expect to spend 5 days a week on-site. This will vary based on activities. Clinical experiences occur in inpatient and ambulatory settings. Fellows should plan to be on back-up call once a month, alongside the physician Fellows as part of the training experience.

Salary: Full annual salary is about $90,000 plus benefits

Research Focus: Fellowship will introduce Nurse Practitioners to clinical research helping them to understand and promote clinical research trials to advance treatment of persons with Parkinson’s disease and related conditions. Fellows will participate in the clinical trials to the extent possible and work closely with the Clinical Trial Coordinator to more fully under the clinical trial process for PD.

Program Overview

NP Fellows will train alongside Physician Fellows, modeling an interprofessional approach to Parkinson’s care, which will prepare both NP and MD graduates to participate in and facilitate collaborative interdisciplinary care. The Nurse Practitioner Fellowship program consists of a minimum of 300 classroom hours and 1,600 mentored clinical hours.

The curriculum consists of a graded increase in clinical responsibility and decision-making

beginning with direct patient care, which is aligned with educational activities.

Program Objectives: Upon completion of the Fellowship, Fellows will be able to:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of selected movement disorders
  • Apply evidence-based medicine in the diagnosis and ongoing provision of quality, cost-effective care for persons with selected movement disorders
  • Select, administer, and interpret established rating scales to assess and monitor the clinical status of persons with selected movement disorders.
  • Design and present an educational offering for persons, families, communities, or professionals focused on a specific aspect of a selected movement disorder that is cognizant of the social, emotional, physical and cultural needs of participants.
  • Demonstrate organizational skills in the management of a panel of persons with selected movement disorders
  • Display effective communication and presentation skills as a member of the interdisciplinary team
  • Define how and when the administration of botulinum toxin injections are needed, as well as explain the side effects, when to refer, and how to manage problems for persons with selected movement disorders
  • Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of clinical trial research team members
  • Formulate, implement, and evaluate a plan for continuity of care for a person with a selected movement disorder that includes liaison and coordination with community agencies and healthcare professionals
  • Explain DBS programming, intra-operative micro recording observation and Duopa management

Learning Opportunities Prior to Fellowship

Once accepted to the Fellowship program, PRIOR to start date of July 1, 2022, Fellows will be offered a wide range of complimentary accredited and non-accredited learning opportunities, both virtual (online) and in person, to help them prepare for the Fellowship and to meet and network with the international Parkinson’s Foundation community of global experts.

Self-learning modules

  • PF Nurse Course (12-hour online course) (Accredited)
  • PF Genetics Counseling course (3-hour online course) (Accredited)
  • PF Cognition Course (2.5-hour online course) (Accredited)
  • PF PT Course (15-hour online course)
  • Other PF online courses as they are launched
  • PF Team Training in person training in Oct 2022 OR virtual training in March 2023 (TBD)

In person Conferences

  • Centers Leadership Conference in Boston, MA (May 2022)
  • Comprehensive Aspen Movement Disorders Course (July 2022)
  • PF Team Training in person training in Oct 2022 OR virtual training in March 2023 (TBD)

Interdisciplinary rounds (monthly)

  • Movement Disorders video-rounds by CUMC and UFL will be offered to all four NP Fellows regardless of location upon acceptance of the offer

Eligibility:

  • Graduate degree from an accredited school of nursing as an Acute Care or Primary Care Adult-Gerontology or Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  • National board certification in Nurse Practitioner specialty
  • Licensed as an Advanced Practice Nurse in the state of New York at least one month prior to the start of the program year (July 1)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration provider number
  • National Provider Identification number
  • Required, minimum of three years clinical experience as a registered nurse.
  • Preferred, minimum of one year experience as a nurse practitioner.

Application is in two steps:

Step 1: Submit application directly to the host location you prefer via links below. Be sure to include all listed items below.

Apply to University of Florida

Apply to Columbia University Medical Center

  • Official transcript from NP program
  • Official copy of NP Specialty Board certification
  • Copy of appropriate state license New York or Florida RN and NP registration
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • A 600-word narrative statement
    • Explaining the reason for applying to this program
    • Professional strengths
    • Knowledge and skills you would like to acquire
    • Your professional goals in the field of Movement Disorders.

Step 2: Candidates who are selected in first round will be requested to submit:

  • Required*: two letters of reference/recommendation (sent directly from the authors). One letter should be from a program director, clinical preceptor or collaborating physician familiar with the applicant’s work.
  • Final candidates must be able to meet requirements of the University-Background check

*Details on how to submit this material will be provided directly to final candidates

Questions?

Questions re: fellowship at UFL: Adrienne Smith at Adrienne.smith@neurology.ufl.edu
Questions re: fellowship at CUMC: Dr. Christine Kim cyk2107@columbia.edu
General questions re: fellowship: Eli Pollard epollard@parkinson.org

Successful completion of the Nurse Practitioner Fellowship will be established by:

  • Comprehensive evaluation that includes demonstration of Program Objectives
  • Submission of manuscript to a professional journal or submission of an abstract to a conference of a professional organization.
  • Following completion of this inaugural program, Fellows will be followed for a period of 5 years to determine career trajectory and use/ relevance of course objectives.
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