Implementing and Evaluating a Psychiatric Fellowship for Advanced Practice Providers

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      • The authors describe key elements of program development, implementation, and evaluation for a postgraduate fellowship.
      • Structured evaluations of fellowships for nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide valuable information to leadership and support the quality and sustainability of the program.


      As fellowships become more prevalent for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, the outcomes and quality of these programs require careful evaluation. This article describes a 1-year postgraduate program in which nurse practitioners and physician assistants rotate through key areas in behavioral health, attend didactics, and participate in a structured mentorship program. The fellowship was formally developed in 2018 and subsequently evaluated in 2020–2021 using knowledge assessment and participant satisfaction as outcome metrics. The process of fellowship development, implementation, and evaluation demonstrates a successful training path by which experienced clinicians and educators may lead and develop participants to become excellent providers.


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      Julie Durand, DNP, MBA, PMHNP-BC, is a Director of Advanced Practice for the Department of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry with Acclaim Multi-Specialty Group, Fort Worth, TX, and can be contacted at [email protected] Shelly Y. Hawkins, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP, is Director of Nursing and Professor at Bradley University. Linda Roussel, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, is a Professor at Cizik School of Nursing at University of Texas-Houston. Kari Teigen, MPH is, a data analyst with JPS Health Network, Fort Worth, TX. Dustin DeMoss, DO, MS, FAPA, FACLP, is Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry with Acclaim Multi-Specialty Group, Fort Worth, TX. In compliance with standard ethical guidelines, the authors report no relationships with business or industry that would pose a conflict of interest.