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The Keith Haring Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Fellowship in LGBTQ+ Health

Applications for the Fellowship will open in January, 2021.

Welcome to the Keith Haring Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Fellowship in LGBTQ+ Health! Callen-Lorde is so proud to offer an LGBTQ+ health fellowship available to nurse practitioners.

Through this fellowship, we strive to create a premier LGBTQ+ healthcare training program that enhances knowledge, increases compassion, and brings awareness to the healthcare barriers that LGBTQ+ communities face. With this training and experience, our fellows will bring the skills they learn with them to help close the gap in health disparities for LGBTQ+ people.

This full-time, 12 month program consists of precepted and independent sessions as well as specialty rotations and didactic portions. The fellowship is designed to give the academically prepared practitioner an opportunity to spend more time under the guidance of a preceptor.

The Keith Haring Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Fellowship in LGBTQ+ Health is funded, in part, through the Keith Haring LGBTQ+ Health Equity Endowment, which was established at Callen-Lorde by the Keith Haring Foundation in 2019.

Fellowship Mission
Our mission is to train postgraduate nurse practitioners to provide high quality, patient-centered, culturally responsive, and compassionate primary care to LGBTQ+ communities in all of their diversity.

Fellowship Vision
Haring Fellows, with their increased knowledge and competency to treat the complex health care needs of LGBTQ+ communities, will bring these new skills with them to help reduce the gap in health disparities for LGBTQ+ people.

Goals & Expectations

The fellowship program is designed to be rigorous and comprehensive. Haring Fellows will commit to a 12 month program that includes a full schedule of training, patient care, and didactics. Haring Fellows learn over time and have constant access to expert providers who will help shape their practice, alongside mentorship, networking, and professional growth opportunities. We expect Haring Fellows to feel passionately about primary care and working with LGBTQ+ communities.

Program goals:

  • Increase the number of LGBTQ+ sensitive primary care providers and increase access to LGBTQ+ care that is comprehensive, team-based, patient-centered, coordinated, accessible, high quality, and safe.
  • Increase primary care workforce retention through improving confidence, capability and job satisfaction.
  • Develop leadership qualities to improve clinic and patient outcomes through quality improvement, population health and/or research.
  • Advance skills for creating organizational change to transform healthcare systems to be LGBTQ+ inclusive and affirming.

By the end of the program, Haring Fellows will:

  • Provide comprehensive, team-based, patient-centered, high-quality and safe primary and LGBTQ+ care.
  • Demonstrate confidence that aligns with their competence.
  • Develop a quality improvement plan, propose an intervention to improve population health, and/or engage in a research project at Callen-Lorde.
  • Perform an evaluation and hold a sensitivity training at an outside organization regarding LGBTQ+ inclusivity.
  • See 15-16 patients a day.

Curriculum & Schedule

The curriculum focuses on the advancement of clinical and diagnostic skills as well as leadership and scholarship skills. Haring Fellows will have supervised as well as independent sessions each week. Each fellow will work with clinical preceptors and other clinicians as they rotate through specific specialties and areas of practice. A strong focus is placed on primary care, HIV and STI prevention and treatment, including HIV pre-exposure and post exposure prophylaxis, anal health, gynecological care for sexual minority women and people of trans experience, transgender health (including hormone therapy, pre- and post- surgery evaluation), alternative insemination and parenting options, and HIV specialist training. Scholarly and leadership pursuits, such as presenting and publishing, quality improvement work, research and teaching are encouraged and mentored. While the majority of sessions will be spent in our Brooklyn site, for some of the specialty rotations there will be travel to offices outside of Brooklyn and to our Chelsea Manhattan location.

The fellowship consists of six sessions:

Precepted session:

This is where Haring Fellows start to develop their own patient panel while working hand in hand with a preceptor.

Independent session:

Haring Fellows will continue to develop their panel, seeing patients on their own at a reduced case-load. A number of providers are available for consultation during these times.

HIV session:

Haring Fellows will be trained and mentored in treating HIV. Though likely to see people living with HIV (PLWH) during other sessions, this session will focus on seeing PLWH alongside an HIV specialist.

Specialty session:

Haring Fellows will spend two to four weeks rotating through a variety of specialties in-house and outside of Callen-Lorde, including adolescent health, dental care, anal health, transgender health care, gender affirming surgery post-op care, reproductive health care, research and more.

Didactic session:

Didactic training will be offered by Callen-Lorde providers and external specialists in a wealth of topics relevant to primary care, LGBTQ+ care, HIV and professional development.

Administrative session:

This is when Haring Fellows will have time to dedicate towards finishing notes, labs, self-evaluations, and tasks as well as research, writing for publications, quality improvement work, and any other non-clinical pursuit dedicated to continued development in leadership and scholarly work.

 

Interested to Apply to become a Keith Haring Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Fellow in LGBTQ+ Health?

Applications open January 4th, 2021!

Applications close March 1st, 2021. All applications must be fully complete by this date in order to be considered. Sorry, no extensions!

Selected candidates will be invited to interview for the program in April.

Final decisions will be made in May.

 

Here’s what you’ll need to have ready before you apply:

  • Your resume
  • Two professional letters of recommendation

The actual letters must be uploaded for the application. Each letter must contain the following information about the referee: name, institution, relationship to the applicant, professional specialty, complete address, phone, email.

  • List of states where you are currently licensed to practice as an RN and as an NP.
  • Short essay answers to the following 3 questions (maximum 400 words each):
    1. Why do you want to work for an organization that serves the LGBTQ community?
    2. What steps do you think a community health center should be taking to reduce racial disparities in health care?
    3. What are your goals for this fellowship program, including the specific areas of interest and skills you are hoping to develop?
  • You may include a cover letter if you wish.

Once you have these components ready, you’re ready to apply.

Check back after January 4th, when the application portal opens.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

When did the Keith Haring Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Fellowship in LGBTQ+ Health begin?

Our first two Fellows began August 31, 2020! We’re a new and exciting Fellowship, spawned from over 50 years of offering health services to people regardless of ability to pay, and from our passion for health equity and justice for our diverse LGBTQ communities and people living with HIV. We believe that access to healthcare is a human right and not a privilege.

How long is the program and what hours will I be expected to work?

The Keith Haring Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Fellowship in LGBTQ+ Health lasts 12 months, starting around the beginning of September.

Haring Fellows will be expected to work Monday through Friday. Your day may start at 8:30am or 12:30pm and may end at 4:30pm or 8:30pm depending on the shifts you are working that day. You will not be expected to work until 8:30pm more than twice a week.

How many Fellows are accepted into the Keith Haring Fellowship each year?

We have two Fellows in our first year of the Keith Haring Fellowship, and hope to grow to four Fellows for our second year.

What will the specialty rotations be like?

The specialty rotations will be both in house within Callen-Lorde and, when possible, externally at private practices or other community health clinics. Haring Fellows can expect to learn the more intricate details in treating warts, anal health, reproductive health, post-op care, and a variety of other topics.

In addition, Haring Fellows will work on a quality improvement and/or a research project.

Who are the preceptors?

The preceptors are expert clinicians that practice at Callen-Lorde who will work with the Fellows for the year. The Haring Fellows will train with other clinical providers as they cycle through specialty rotations.

What topics will be covered in the didactic sessions?

The didactics will correspond to specialty rotation topics, and include LGBTQ health, primary care updates, and information relevant to starting practice and professional development.

I do not live in New York City. Can I still apply?

Of course! You may apply from anywhere in the country. You are expected to have all your licensure and certifications to practice in New York completed by the time the program starts. We request you live within the area by the start of the program as well.

I am not a new graduate and/or I already practice as a nurse practitioner. Can I still apply?

Sure can! While this program is geared towards new graduates, we welcome all interested in becoming a specialist in LGBTQ health care to apply.

I am not a family nurse practitioner nor an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner. Can I still apply?

Unfortunately, we are only accepting applications from family and adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners.

Are there any other requirements?

You must have a current RN license in the United States. And you will need to have a license and DEA registration as a Nurse Practitioner before the program start date.

Will I be paid and have benefits during the program?

Fellows are employees of Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. As such they receive a competitive salary, full benefits and PTO. Details will be available during the interview process.

What if I need to take time off?

Fellows can schedule time off in advance. It must be submitted for approval.

Will I have to stay working at Callen-Lorde when I finish the Haring Fellowship?

Haring Fellows are not obligated to stay on after their Fellowship year is completed. If one is interested in continuing at Callen-Lorde, this can be discussed in the later part of the program year, as it will depend if the clinic is hiring.

How do I get more information?

For more information about the program please email us at haringfellowship@callen-lorde.org.