• Nurse Practitioner Fellowship in Dermatology

    We are pleased to announce that we will be accepting applications in January 2014 for admission to the fellowship in September 2014. The format has changed and it will now be a two year, twenty-four month experience. Please read the FAQ section for important new details

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Overview
    Affiliations
    Eligibility Requirements
    Application Procedure
    Selection Process
    Curriculum 
    Frequently Asked Questions 

    Overview 

    To help meet the needs of our patients, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center has developed a unique, intensive, full-time fellowship program in the specialty of dermatology for certified nurse practitioners.

    Our objective is to provide, in a two-year course, a thorough, didactic and clinical curriculum that will prepare trainees to become valuable providers in any dermatology setting. Fellows will be exposed to various academic settings that will foster and expand their knowledge base.

    This program is funded by Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, and fellows are hired as employees with full benefits. It is designed as a 40-hour-per week residency style training.

    Lahey dermatologists practice in Burlington, Lexington and Peabody, Mass. Some portion of the training will occur at each of these sites. All department physicians and nurse practitioners participate as preceptors in the program.

    Affiliations

    Lahey Hospital & Medical Center's Department of Dermatology is affiliated with the Harvard Medical School Dermatology Residency Program. This allows our fellows to participate in weekly Grand Rounds and other didactic sessions sponsored by the residency.

    Grand Rounds and other lectures are held at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Beth Isral Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), all in Boston.

    Eligibility Requirements

    This program is designed for certified nurse practitioners who have a lifelong commitment to learning and who are seeking a career in dermatology. Several years of clinical experience in a general medical setting is preferred. Massachusetts state licensure and nurse practitioner certification is also required.

    Application Procedure

    Applications are accepted from January 1 to March 1. A personal interview with potential candidates is required, if possible.

    To apply for the fellowship, please submit the following materials:

    • A personal statement, including future professional goals in the field of dermatology
    • A resume, including a description of past dermatology experience, if any
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation, at least one from your current or recent supervising physician
    • Application fee - $200 made payable to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center 
    • Inquiries and applications, including letters of reference, should be directed to:

      Mary Nolen, ANP, BC
      Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
      Dermatology Department
      41 Mall Road
      Burlington, MA 01805

      Telephone: 781-744-8457
      Email: Mary_E_Nolen@lahey.org  
       

    Please note: If you submitted an application last year and wish to be considered for this upcoming year, please contact us. If you have changes or new references, they may be submitted along with the application fee. 

    Selection Process

    All applications will be reviewed by Mary Nolen, ANP, BC, DCNP, program director and Elizabeth Page, MD.

    Finalists for the positions will be offered an interview in March/April. Final selection will be completed by the beginning of May. The fellowship commences in September.

    Curriculum

    The nurse practitioner fellowship is a full 24-month program beginning in mid-September and ending in mid-August and exposes the fellows to all aspects of dermatology. Although the focus of the program is medical dermatology, the fellows will have an opportunity to observe and become familiar with common cosmetic procedures, as our department is affiliated with Lahey's Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery. Various diagnostic and surgical procedures will be taught and competency in these areas is essential to the completion of the program.

    A wide range of clinical disease is presented, but continuous self-learning and independent research is an essential component. Experience will be gained in other aspects of dermatology including:

    • Dermoscopy
    • Phototherapy
    • Cryotherapy
    • Wound Care
    • Pharmacology
    • Surgical procedures
    • Biopsies
    • Excisions


    This fellowship covers the full spectrum of clinical dermatology for the nurse practitioner that is interested in pursuing a career in this specialty. It is an intense and demanding experience with unique opportunities for clinical advancement. Networking with other nurse practitioners in the specialty is another facet of this program that has been greatly appreciated by previous fellows. Elective opportunities are available later in the year as special interests develop.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: How long has the program been in existence?
    A: The program began in September, 2003.

    Q: How many candidates are accepted for this year?
    A: We will accept two candidates this year.

    Q: How will the second year differ from the first? A. The didactic and research sessions will remain throughout the year. The clinical experience will focus on more independent practice with formal oversight and supervision - this will also be accompanied by an increase in salary.

    Q: How much experience is required?
    A: One to two years of experience in a nurse practitioner role is preferred. We have found that it is much more difficult to learn the specialty of dermatology while also trying to learn the role of a nurse practitioner. This does not preclude you from applying; however, your chances for admission may be diminished. Dermatology experience is not necessary.

    Q: Which nurse practitioner certification is preferred?
    A: The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification will give you the greatest flexibility. In Massachusetts, any certification is accepted, but this is not the case in all states. If you are certified as a pediatric, women's health or adult nurse practitioner, you may be restricted to practice dermatology within the guidelines of that certification and in accordance with your state regulations. Please check with your state Board of Registration in Nursing.

    Q: Would you consider a physician assistant for the program?
    A: Presently, the program is designed specifically for nurse practitioners.

    Q: What are some of the responsibilities involved with the program?
    A: The fellows spend eight, four-hour sessions each week in the dermatology clinic with one of our staff physicians or nurse practitioners. Responsibilities and procedures are increased as the fellows progress. One half-day per week is devoted to Grand Rounds, with patient viewing and didactic lectures at three major teaching hospitals in collaboration with the the Harvard Dermatology Residence Program. Each fellow is responsible for a clinical presentation due every other week, which is delivered to the department at a lunchtime meeting. There is also one, four-hour session per week designated for research and preparation of the presentations.

    Q: Where do the program graduates end up working?
    A: Two of our graduates are currently employed in our department at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, and other graduates spent at least one to three years in our department before joining other practices. Two fellows are employed at large, multi-specialty group practices in the Boston area, and several others have joined private practices. All graduates had employment at the completion of the program. 
     

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