Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Residency Program, Contact Us
California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) is pleased to announce its Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Residency Program
This residency program will provide intensive training on both the clinical complexity of practice in a correctional health care setting and on a high-performance, Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model for primary care. The program is specifically intended for new Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) who are interested in careers as primary care providers serving vulnerable populations in the challenging setting of correctional health care and safety net systems.

The CCHCS Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Residency Program
is a full-time, 12-month post-graduate training program.

The residency program structure includes precepted primary care sessions,
specialty rotations, mentored independent clinics, didactic sessions, and quality improvement.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM

California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) is collaborating with the Community Health Center, Inc. and its Weitzman Institute to launch this groundbreaking residency training program which will take place at CCHCS clinical teaching sites. Our inaugural site will be located in Vacaville, California, within driving distance of both Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. To our knowledge, this program is the first NP/PA Residency Program in the nation that will take place within a correctional setting, offering residents robust clinical training as well as rare insight and specialized expertise on California’s prison health care system and patient population.

Two NP/PA residency slots are available for the 2021–2022 CCHCS NP/PA Residency Class which runs from September 1, 2021–August 31, 2022.

Residents will be trained within CCHCS’ model of high-performance health care: Patient-Centered Model Medical Home (PCMH), team-based chronic care model, robust Quality Management and Population Health program, expert use of Telehealth technologies and the electronic health record. The residency year begins with an intensive orientation to CCHCS, including an overview of the health problems of the target population, tours of CCHCS sites (prisons/institutions and Headquarters offices), specialized safety and security procedures, meetings with health care leaders, technical training on electronic health record, and training on the responsibilities and privileges of CCHCS medical staff.

The NP and PA Residency Program has five key components:

  1. Precepted “Continuity Clinics”
  2. (4 sessions/week) These are the cornerstone of the residency. In precepted clinics, the residents develop their own patient panel while having an expert CCHCS primary care provider exclusively assigned to them.

  3. Specialty Rotations:
  4. (2 sessions/week x 1/month) Planned specialty rotations include: HIV/HCV Care, Behavioral Health, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for substance use disorder, Diabetes Care, Transgender Care, Palliative and Hospice Care, Urgent Care, Wound Care.

  5. Mentored Clinics:
  6. (2 sessions/week) During mentored clinics, residents work as a member of a team, and see patients at the delegation of the primary care providers, who remain available for consultations. The focus is on the practice of episodic and acute care visits.

  7. Didactic Education Sessions:
  8. (1 sessions/week) Formal learning sessions on a variety of conditions and complex clinical challenges most commonly encountered in primary care. The content of the presentations is planned to correspond to the residents’ clinical experiences.

  9. Quality Improvement Training:
  10. (1 sessions/week) Training on CCHCS’ quality improvement model, including population health management and clinical microsystems, as well as professional and leadership development.

    Evaluations The CCHCS Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Residency Program provides an ongoing multi-input evaluation component using qualitative and quantitative measures.

Please click here for the recorded program presentation webinar

Program Presentation video

PROGRAM GOALS

The NP and PA Residency Program has the following goals:

  • Increase access to quality primary care for underserved and special populations by training NPs and PAs in an robust residency program that prepares residents for full and autonomous expert care of complex populations in multiple settings.
  • Provide new NPs and PAs with the depth, breadth, volume, and intensity of clinical training necessary to serve as primary care providers in the complex setting of correctional health.
  • Train new NPs and PAs on a model of primary care consistent with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) principles of health care and the needs of vulnerable populations.
  • Improve the clinical skills, confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new NPs and PAs who choose to work in underserved community settings, as well as contribute to employee satisfaction and workforce retention.
  • Increase the number of NPs and PAs ready to serve in leadership roles in care for underserved populations.

WHY PARTICIPATE IN A CORRECTIONAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES RESIDENCY TRAINING PROGRAM?

The prison population is a historically underserved and high medical risk population, which in California consists of about 100,000 adults at 35 facilities across the state. Compared to the general population, the prison population has a significantly increased burden of chronic medical conditions, infectious diseases, trauma, mental illness, and substance use. There are also well-established socioeconomic, educational, and racial disparities in the correctional population. Moreover, the prison population is still part of the larger community, requiring coordination of care throughout incarceration and upon parole. It is imperative that all health care providers have an understanding of incarcerated patient populations and work together to fill in gaps in care.


HOW TO APPLY

Click here to download an application form

Thank you for your interest in the California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Residency Program. The following items are required to complete the application process for the residency program:

  • California Correctional Health Care Services NP and PA Residency Program Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement and responses to essay questions

PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2021. EXTENDED FINAL DEADLINE: MAY 25, 2021.

The CCHCS NP and PA Residency Program application can be submitted electronically via email to CCHCSNPPAresidency@cdcr.ca.gov. Simply download the PDF, complete all fields, save, and attach to the email.

QUALIFICATIONS

Nurse Practitioner applicants must be recent graduates (no more than 24 months) from an accredited Masters or DNP program, licensed (CA APRN) and credentialed or license/credential-eligible as FNP-C or AGNP-C. Physician Assistants must also be recent graduates (no more than 24 months) from an accredited PA program and board certified by the NCCPA. Applicants must also have a stated interest/commitment to practice as a primary care provider for correctional and other vulnerable populations.

Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Residency Program examples with patients

The California Correctional Health Care Services Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Residency Program is specifically intended for new NPs and PAs committed to practice careers as PCPs caring for vulnerable populations in correctional health care and safety net settings. NP and PA residents will work at multiple training sites in Northern California. The primary training site for the inaugural class will be located in Vacaville, which is within driving distance from Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The California Correctional Health Care Services Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Residency Program is specifically intended for new NPs and PAs committed to practice careers as PCPs caring for vulnerable populations in correctional health care and safety net settings. NP and PA residents will work at multiple training sites in Northern California. The primary training site for the inaugural class will be located in Vacaville, which is within driving distance from Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Residency Program examples with patients

CONTACT US TODAY!

Ready to join an organization where you can be part of a multidisciplinary team dedicated to providing quality primary care to an underserved population?

Send email inquiries to:
CCHCSNPPAresidency@cdcr.ca.gov
Or call us at:
(916) 691-0425

Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Residency Program, Contact Us
California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) is pleased to announce its Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Residency Program


This residency program will provide intensive training on both the clinical complexity of practice in a correctional health care setting and on a high-performance, Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model for primary care. The program is specifically intended for new Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) who are interested in careers as primary care providers serving vulnerable populations in the challenging setting of correctional health care and safety net systems.

The CCHCS Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Residency Program is a full-time, 12-month post-graduate training program.

The residency program structure includes precepted primary care sessions, specialty rotations, mentored independent clinics, didactic sessions, and quality improvement.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM


California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) is collaborating with the Community Health Center, Inc. and its Weitzman Institute to launch this groundbreaking residency training program which will take place at CCHCS clinical teaching sites. Our inaugural site will be located in Vacaville, California, within driving distance of both Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. To our knowledge, this program is the first NP/PA Residency Program in the nation that will take place within a correctional setting, offering residents robust clinical training as well as rare insight and specialized expertise on California’s prison health care system and patient population.

Two NP/PA residency slots are available for the 2021–2022 CCHCS NP/PA Residency Class which runs from September 1, 2021–August 31, 2022.

Residents will be trained within CCHCS’ model of high-performance health care: Patient-Centered Model Medical Home (PCMH), team-based chronic care model, robust Quality Management and Population Health program, expert use of Telehealth technologies and the electronic health record. The residency year begins with an intensive orientation to CCHCS, including an overview of the health problems of the target population, tours of CCHCS sites (prisons/institutions and Headquarters offices), specialized safety and security procedures, meetings with health care leaders, technical training on electronic health record, and training on the responsibilities and privileges of CCHCS medical staff.

  1. Precepted “Continuity Clinics”
  2. (4 sessions/week) These are the cornerstone of the residency. In precepted clinics, the residents develop their own patient panel while having an expert CCHCS primary care provider exclusively assigned to them.

  3. Specialty Rotations:
  4. (2 sessions/week x 1/month) Planned specialty rotations include: HIV/HCV Care, Behavioral Health, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for substance use disorder, Diabetes Care, Transgender Care, Palliative and Hospice Care, Urgent Care, Wound Care.

  5. Mentored Clinics:
  6. (2 sessions/week) During mentored clinics, residents work as a member of a team, and see patients at the delegation of the primary care providers, who remain available for consultations. The focus is on the practice of episodic and acute care visits.

  7. Didactic Education Sessions:
  8. (1 sessions/week) Formal learning sessions on a variety of conditions and complex clinical challenges most commonly encountered in primary care. The content of the presentations is planned to correspond to the residents’ clinical experiences.

  9. Quality Improvement Training:
  10. (1 sessions/week) Training on CCHCS’ quality improvement model, including population health management and clinical microsystems, as well as professional and leadership development.

    Evaluations The CCHCS Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Residency Program provides an ongoing multi-input evaluation component using qualitative and quantitative measures.

Please click here for the recorded program presentation webinar

Program Presentation video


PROGRAM GOALS


The NP and PA Residency Program has the following goals:

  • Increase access to quality primary care for underserved and special populations by training NPs and PAs in an robust residency program that prepares residents for full and autonomous expert care of complex populations in multiple settings.
  • Provide new NPs and PAs with the depth, breadth, volume, and intensity of clinical training necessary to serve as primary care providers in the complex setting of correctional health.
  • Train new NPs and PAs on a model of primary care consistent with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) principles of health care and the needs of vulnerable populations.
  • Improve the clinical skills, confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new NPs and PAs who choose to work in underserved community settings, as well as contribute to employee satisfaction and workforce retention.
  • Increase the number of NPs and PAs ready to serve in leadership roles in care for underserved populations.


WHY PARTICIPATE IN A CORRECTIONAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES RESIDENCY TRAINING PROGRAM?


The prison population is a historically underserved and high medical risk population, which in California consists of about 100,000 adults at 35 facilities across the state. Compared to the general population, the prison population has a significantly increased burden of chronic medical conditions, infectious diseases, trauma, mental illness, and substance use. There are also well-established socioeconomic, educational, and racial disparities in the correctional population. Moreover, the prison population is still part of the larger community, requiring coordination of care throughout incarceration and upon parole. It is imperative that all health care providers have an understanding of incarcerated patient populations and work together to fill in gaps in care.


HOW TO APPLY

Click here to download an application form
Thank you for your interest in the California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Residency Program. The following items are required to complete the application process for the residency program:

  • California Correctional Health Care Services NP and PA Residency Program Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement and responses to essay questions

PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2021. EXTENDED FINAL DEADLINE: MAY 25, 2021.

The CCHCS NP and PA Residency Program application can be submitted electronically via email to CCHCSNPPAresidency@cdcr.ca.gov. Simply download the PDF, complete all fields, save, and attach to the email.

QUALIFICATIONS

Nurse Practitioner applicants must be recent graduates (no more than 24 months) from an accredited Masters or DNP program, licensed (CA APRN) and credentialed or license/credential-eligible as FNP-C or AGNP-C. Physician Assistants must also be recent graduates (no more than 24 months) from an accredited PA program and board certified by the NCCPA. Applicants must also have a stated interest/commitment to practice as a primary care provider for correctional and other vulnerable populations.

Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Residency Program examples with patients
The California Correctional Health Care Services Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Residency Program is specifically intended for new NPs and PAs committed to practice careers as PCPs caring for vulnerable populations in correctional health care and safety net settings. NP and PA residents will work at multiple training sites in Northern California. The primary training site for the inaugural class will be located in Vacaville, which is within driving distance from Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

CONTACT US TODAY!

Ready to join an organization where you can be part of a multidisciplinary team dedicated to providing quality primary care to an underserved population?
Send email inquiries to:
CCHCSNPPAresidency@cdcr.ca.gov
Or call us at:
(916) 691-0425