Fellowship Announcement

Missed our informational webinars? Watch Below!

APP Fellowship Informational Webinar (Clinical)

Recorded: October 25, 2023 

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APP Fellowship Informational Webinar (Administrative) 
Recorded: November 15, 2023 
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Applications Open for 2024-2025 Program

Deadline February 15, 2024
*Internal employees please apply via the internal workday link.
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Advanced Practice Provider (APP)
Fellowship Program

Stanford's Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship Program offers fully-benefited, 12-month positions designed to provide post-graduate training to new Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) who wish to transition into specialty care and to experienced APPs who wish to transition to administration.  Our goal is to provide support and training during transition to practice, allowing APP Fellows to build confidence and knowledge in the clinical specialties of Cancer Care, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Inpatient Neurosciences and Cardiothoracic Surgery, and the leadership specialty of Administration. The Fellowship teaches the core competencies for specialty certification and offers the opportunity for APPs to gain in-depth exposure to complex specialty care and systems. Clinical APP Fellows work with diverse teams of providers focused on specific patient populations through Stanford Health Care's inpatient and outpatient settings.  Administrative APP Fellows work with diverse leadership teams focused on operations and quality improvement throughout the organization. 

For the latest updates on the APP Fellowship Program, be sure to follow our LinkedIn page for all the latest news. 

Valuable for Team-Based Care

"Healthcare delivery increasingly has become team-based.  The APP Fellowship has been very valuable to my ability to build a team of well-equipped staff. Last year, I had a fellow work on my team.  She brought enthusiasm for learning and dedication to our patients.  She has become an indispensable member of our team."

Iris C. Gibbs, MD, FACR, FASTRO Associate Dean of MD Admissions, Professor of Radiation Oncology

Cardiothoracic Surgery

"The Cardiothoracic Surgery APP Fellowship was an absolutely amazing experience.  I loved this fellowship for the structured learning, innovative simulations, cross-trainings with other specialties, mentorship, and hours upon hours of clinical experience with the most talented healthcare providers this world has to offer."
Tony Mendez
Cardiothoracic Fellow 2018-2019, Now Lead APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Transformative Training

The Stanford HealthCare Cardiac Electrophysiology APP Fellowship is truly transformative. It fills a crucial gap in training APPs with specialized skills in arrhythmia and device management. The program will help enable the Stanford Arrhythmia Service to achieve its goal of being one of the top programs in the country
Paul Wang, MD
Director of the Stanford Cardic Arrhythmia Service

Building Connections and
Skills to be a Leader

"As the inaugural fellow in the administrative specialty, I can attest to the value it provides.  It has given me career exposure and professional development that most people receive over years in a career."
Salma Mansour
2019-2020 Administrative Specialty APP Fellow

Specialty Areas Offered

Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialty

The APP Fellowship in Electrophysiology is the first in the country to provide an opportunity for a new APP to gain in-depth exposure to the comprehensive care provided to patients with cardiac arrhythmias. The program focuses on core competency training aimed at professional certification which will include the management of arrhythmias with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) from implanation to the outpatient, ablations (transvenous and epicardial), cardioversions, and medical management.

Core rotations:
  • Arrhythmiac clinic
  • Cardioversion service
  • CIED consult service
  • Electrophysiology Lab
  • Inpatient service
  • Outpatient CIED clinic

  • Advance Heart Failure (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Cardiothoracic surgery (inpatient and outpatient)
  • General Cardiology (inpatient consult service and outpatient)
  • Inherited Arrhythmias

Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialty

The Cardiothoracic Surgery specialty focuses on the core competencies for professional certification and offers the opportunity for new APPs to gain in-depth exposure to care of people requiring services of Cardiothoracic Surgery.  Patient population includes Coronary Artery Bypass (CAB)/Valve, Aortic Surgery, Heart and Lung Transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS), and Arrhythmia Surgery.

Core rotations:
  • Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CICU)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Outpatient Clinic
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support/Heart and Lung Transplant
  • Intermediate ICU
  • Operating Room (Open, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery)

  • Adult Congential Heart
  • Electrophysiology
  • Nephrology
  • Neuro Critical Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Thoracic Surgery

Administration Specialty

A first of its kind, the APP Fellowship in Administration is an opportunity for experienced APPs to learn the skills to successfully transition from a clinical expert to a leader of APPs. In this specialty, the APP Fellow works with Center for Advanced Practice leaders and others to focus on APP operations, quality improvement and programs.

Rotations within the Center For Advanced practice include:
  • Professional role and accountability
  • Leadership development
  • Effective communication
  • Human resources
  • Finance and risk management
  • Strategy and business development
  • Project management
  • Process and quality improvement 

Cancer Care Specialty

The Cancer Care specialty focuses on the core competencies for professional certification and offers the opportunity for new APPs to gain broad exposure to the care of people touched by cancer.  APP fellows work with diverse teams of providers focused on specific cancer types.  Fellows rotate through the areas below in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Core rotations:
  • Blood and Marrow Transplant
  • Breast cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Genitourinary cancer
  • Hematology
  • Inpatient
  • Thoracic cancer

  • Cutaneous oncology
  • Lymphoma (optional)
  • Radiation oncology
  • Survivorship and Palliative Care

Inpatient Neurosciences Specialty

The Inpatient Neurosciences specialty focuses on the core competencies needed to gain proficiency within this specialty and to succeed as a new provider. This specialty provides an opportunity for new APPs to gain clinical and educational experience with a focus on inpatient management of patients with neurological and neurosurgical disorders. Patient population includes acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, cerebral aneurysms, seizures/status epilepticus, tumor resection, neuromuscular disease management, traumatic brain injury, and acute spinal cord injury. 

Core rotations:
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Neurosurgery
  • Stroke neurology
  • Neuro hospitalist 

  • Medical intensive care unit
  • Palliative care 
  • Epilepsy
  • Nephrology

Our Learning Model

We combine four different learning methods to make you a well-rounded Advanced Practice Provider:
Practice-based learning:  Fellows work a minimum of 1250 hours in each specialty, with rotation for further specialization.  Fellows practice role transition through active and observed learning experiences, including simulation. 

Didactics: Fellows participate in 500 hours of didactic training through weekly specialty-specific presentations, self-learning modules, journal club, simulated learning, case studies, process improvement projects, presentation guidance, and conferences.

Professional Development: Fellows practice communication skills during a tailor-made communication series, take part in APP Grand Rounds, participate in APP Shared Leadership Council, and attend or present at regional and national conferences.

Mentorship:  Fellows engage in a structured mentorship program with other APPs who are new to practice.

Program Basics

Duration October to October
Location Rotations occur within the inpatient and outpatient settings of the Stanford Health Care System.
Schedule Each fellow is scheduled for a minimum of 40 hours per week.  The schedule will vary based on the specialty areas, and may consist of days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
Cohort Size One to three fellows are selected for each specialty area each year. 
Reporting APP Fellows report to the APP Fellowship Director and are precepted and mentored by APPs, attending physicians, administrative leaders, and other licensed clinical staff.  

Stanford Health Care Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Practice Programs.

Recruiting Information

  • Cancer Care, Inpatient Neurosciences,  Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery specialties only: Less than one year of clinical advanced practice experience
  • All specialties: Degree from an accredited Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician Assistant (PA) program by July
  • Administration specialty only: At least five years of clinical advanced practice experience (NP, PA, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist)

Application Components

  • Formal application completion
  • Two Professional letters of recommendation
    • Clinical specialties (Cancer Care, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Inpatient Neurosciences and Electrophysiology):One academic letter of recommendation from a faculty member of your graduate program and one professional letter of recommendation from a clinical supervisor, preceptor, or faculty member.
    • Administration specialty only: Two professional letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be written by a direct supervisor. One letter of recommendation should pertain to leadership skills and the other regarding clinical expertise.

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume
  • Prompted essay questions - please answer the following:
    • ​​​​​​​Please provide a statement of interest regarding the APP fellowship at Stanford Health Care and why you are choosing the specialty.
    • Describe a time when you felt you made a significant difference with a patient and/or family.
    • Provide an example of how you used evidence such as journal articles or local/agency data to change the way you practiced.
    • Describe a time when you had to manage several tasks. What were they? How did you manage them?
    • Where did you LAST learn about this position?
Application Timeline
  • Mid-December: Online application opens on this website
  • February 15: Applications due
  • March 1: Phone interviews begin
  • Week of April 8: Final on-site interviews begin. Candidates are responsible for travel costs.
  • Early May: Offers extended
  • Early June: Credentialing process begins for selected applicants
  • July 1: Last day to take national board exam
  • Early October: Fellowship begins
Onboarding Process
Before the Fellowship start, selected candidates must pass the credentialing and privileging process.  This includes verification of:
  • Current unencumbered California APP licensure
  • California furnishing number (if applicable)
  • National Board Certification
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification (Cardiothoracic Surgery, Electrophysiology & Inpatient Neurosciences)
  • National Provider Identifier number
  • DEA Certificate (within three months of hire)
All selected candidates also complete the following, non-APP-specific onboarding steps before start:
  • Background check
  • Occupational health clearance (includes drug test, tuberculosis testing, blood test, and physical evaluation)

Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Us

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