The Lahey Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship is a comprehensive two-year training program that begins in September of even-numbered years (2020, 2022, 2024, etc).

Applications are accepted from January 1 until March 1 of even-numbered years (2020, 2022, 2024, etc). Please see the information below for more details.

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, Lynnfield and Peabody, Mass. Some portion of the training will likely 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 Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), all in Boston.

The 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 as a nurse practitioner in a general medical setting is required. Prior work experience in dermatology is not necessary.

Graduation from an accredited nurse practitioner program and certification in one of the major population groups is required.

Massachusetts state licensure can be obtained upon admission

Applications are accepted from January 1 to March 1 in the year of admission. 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 curriculum vitae, including a description of past dermatology experience, if any
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation, at least one from your current or recent supervising physician
    • Fee – a $200 donation made payable to Dermatology NP Fellowship
    • Inquiries and applications, including letters of reference, should be directed to:

Victoria Garcia-Albea, NP
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
Dermatology Department
67 South Bedford Street
Burlington, MA 01805
Telephone: 781-744-8443
Email: [email protected]

All applications will be reviewed by Victoria Garcia-Albea, NP.

Finalists for the positions will be offered an interview in early spring. Final selection will be completed by the end of April. The fellowship commences in September.

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/PDT/XTrac Laser
  • Cryotherapy
  • Wound Care
  • Pharmacology/Biologic Therapies
  • 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.

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

Q: How many candidates are accepted for each cohort? 
A: Currently, we are accepting two candidates for each cohort.

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. The second year with 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 required. A strong foundation in internal medicine is the foundation of clinical dermatology, however, clinical experience in dermatology 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: Several graduates have been hired into our department at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. Several others are employed at large, multi-specialty group practices in the Boston area. Others have joined private practices. The demand for highly skilled dermatology NPs is continuously increasing. A number of our graduates have found wonderful opportunities out of state. All graduates have had employment at the completion of the program.