This is a post-graduate Nurse Practitioner residency that provides additional skills training as well as independent mentorship experience in a community health center for a duration of twelve months. It is an intensive clinical program intended to prepare FNPs to meet the needs of culturally diverse and clinically complex patients that is typical of community Health. Also, residents are expected to develop and maintain their own panel of patients in order to facilitate continuity care. One of the hallmarks of this residency is that there will be dedicated Faculty providers available for clinical expertise and mentorship during every clinical session throughout the entire program. Additionally, residents are employees of Family Health Center of Worcester and will comply with all patient care policies as such. It is anticipated that each resident will show clinical growth, improved clinical confidence, and increased perceived preparedness by the end of this NP residency.

Residency Goals:

  • Improve clinical confidence
  • Enhance provider autonomy
  • Develop skills that improve patient care outcomes
  • Better prepare to meet the needs of complex patients
  • Improve job satisfaction in Community Health
  • Improve provider retention

About Family Health Center of Worcester

Family Health Center of Worcester is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), which serves over 35,000 patients from the greater Worcester area in over 55 different languages. Our services include comprehensive Primary Care and Family Medicine, Maternal Child Health, Dentistry, Mental and Behavioral health, Vision Care, a Walk In Center for Urgent and Primary care, a low-cost pharmacy, lab, radiology and digital mammography, a Refugee Health Clinic, a Teen Health Clinic, the Health Care for Homeless Families Program, HIV counseling and testing, health education and promotion programming, and public health programs for the early detection and prevention of disease. FHCW also operates 7 school health centers within the Worcester Public Schools and five WIC (Women Infant & Children) offices throughout the greater Worcester area.

At Family Health Center, FNP residents will work with faculty with a wide variety of expertise and clinical interests, including Women’s Health, International Family Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Chronic Illness Care, Complementary Medicine, office procedures, and new models of health care delivery. Family Health Center consistently undertakes quality improvement initiatives and encourages resident participation around innovation in delivery of care. Residents have the opportunity to engage in a number of specialty care and research opportunities through UMass Medical School, and will work closely with Family Health Center's Family Medicine Residents. Residents will be on the cutting edge of health care delivery as they train to work within a Patient-Centered Medical Home and use our electronic medical records system.