Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center now offers a one-year postgraduate clinical hospitalist fellowship for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). The clinical Hospitalist Fellowship Program offers NPPAs extensive training in hospital medicine through a variety of teaching environments. The NPPA fellows benefit from an intense clinical experience working with Hopkins hospitalist faculty members in a supportive team setting. Fellows evaluate and manage patients working 1-to-1 with experienced hospitalist faculty members. NPPA professions continue to be ranked among the fastest growing career opportunities. Through this fellowship, Johns Hopkins Bayview aims to develop in each fellow the skills, knowledge and competencies necessary to excel in the field of hospital medicine.
Core Curriculum for All Fellows
During the 12-month fellowship, the fellow will have a 1-to-1 preceptorship with Hopkins hospitalist faculty, which will help the fellow to:
- Develop a knowledge base of disease processes for which patients are hospitalized
- Develop differential diagnosis and treatment plans to provide evidence based and cost effective patient care
- Provide quality patient care while improving patient outcomes
- Gain clinical experience in a team environment with direct on-site supervision
- Manage patient care through the entire hospital stay including admission, daily rounds and discharge
- Improve communication skills with patients, families, providers and multidisciplinary staff members
All NPPA fellows will attend the Adult Hospital Medicine Boot Camp. Sponsored by SHM and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), the boot camp has the following objectives for attendees:
- Learn the most current evidence-based clinical practice for key topics in hospital medicine
- Augment their knowledge base to enhance their hospital medicine practice
- Expand their knowledge to transition into hospital medicine practice
- Network with like-minded practitioners
Weekly conferences on clinical conditions from the SHM core competencies will be presented. Topics include but are not limited to: acute kidney injury, alcohol/drug withdrawal, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, pain management, sepsis, stroke and venous thromboembolism.
Procedural Education Conferences
Periodically throughout the fellowship, procedural education content will be presented. Topics include but are not limited to: electrocardiogram (EKG) interpretation and telemetry monitoring, chest radiograph interpretation, lumbar puncture and vascular access.
Communication in Health Care
All NPPA fellows will attend a four hour interactive course on building effective communication skills with patients, staff members and colleagues. During the session, the fellows will spend time with peers learning about communication techniques that emphasize: partnership, empathy, acknowledgement, respect, legitimization and support (PEARLS).