Nurse Practitioner Residency Application Deadline Approaching!

Have you thought about next steps following your nurse practitioner school graduation this winter? Or, maybe you finished your NP program this spring and are still trying to figure out what your first move as a newly minted nurse practitioner will be? If you've already graduated, or are graduating from a nurse practitioner program in 2019, a residency or fellowship is a great way to build a clinical foundation for the rest of your career. 

Here at MidlevelU, our answer to the difficult transition new nurse practitioners face is a residency-like learning adventure to help provide new grads with the support they need. Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) allows you to transition from education to practice with purpose. The application deadline for MMU is rapidly approaching (preferred by November 30th for the April 2019 program start), so we wanted to share some F.A.Q. to help you determine if MMU might be a good fit.

What exactly is MMU, you ask? 

The philosophy behind nurse practitioner’s participation in Midlevels for the Medically Underserved is similar to that of teachers participating in the Teach for America program. You use your developing talents as a nurse practitioner to serve in an area of medical need. MMU sites are supportive clinics and hospitals where new NPs get the assistance they need to be successful. This on-site support is paired with a didactic curriculum where you'll further the skills you've started to master as part of your NP education. Check out a sample curriculum in our application packet

Where will MMU participants be matched?

Participants will be matched with healthcare facilities across the country that reach medically underserved communities and populations. These might be clinics or hospitals and may be located in urban, suburban, or rural areas.

MMU participants have the ultimate say in where they are matched. We do our best here at MidlevelU to provide you with as many options as possible. 

Do I get to choose where I am matched?

Throughout the Midlevels for the Medically Underserved application and matching process you will be given a chance to share your preferences regarding practice specialty, setting, and location. We will provide as much information as we can about available practice sites to help you select from the sites to which you are accepted. In selecting your site options we will do our best to match you in one of your most preferred regions and settings as long as your qualifications meet the requirements. You have the ultimate say as to if you'll match with a particular site. 

Will I receive training and support outside of the site where I am matched?

Yes! The Midlevels for the Medically Underserved experience begins with a multi-day kickoff in Nashville, Tennessee — home of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and, of course, MidlevelU headquarters. At the Nashville kickoff, you will orient to the program, review expectations of your time in the program, get to know fellow participants, complete hands-on skills training in suturing and minor office procedures, begin a primary care based curriculum and perhaps even visit a honky tonk. 

Throughout your experience, you will also attend weekly virtual meet-ups devoted to expanding your clinical skills and knowledge and professional development. Sessions might include topics like "Deadly Drug Interactions" and "Initiating Insulin Therapy in the Diabetic Patient". Your practice site hosts participants with the expectation that continued learning opportunities and support are required to help the new nurse practitioner reach his or her full potential. 

How long is the MMU experience?

Participants are required to give a 12-month commitment to the program. Participants may also wish to accept a full-time position with the facility where they are matched following the experience should an opportunity be available.

How much will I be paid during the program?

See the Compensation and Benefits section of the MMU Overview Packet. Click here to have the packet delivered to your inbox. 

What happens after Midlevels for the Medically Underserved?

Graduates of programs like this often find that they have more opportunities after having completed the program than they had before doing so. Emerging as more experienced service leaders, NPs and PAs may go on to continue practicing in medically underserved areas or use their experience as a launching point for their advanced practice career. In whatever capacity you continue to work as an NP or PA, your Midlevels for the Medically Underserved experience provides a unique and impactful foundation.

Interested in applying to MMU? Check out the application, or download an MMU Overview Packet by clicking below. You can also attend our information webinar at 10am CST on Thursday, October 25th, 2018. Register to attend the webinar session here. 

Don't forget - the preferred deadline for applications to the April 2019 cohort is November 30th, 2018!