Education to practice with a purpose
Yesterday we announced MidlevelU’s newest program, Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU). If you’ve considered looking into nurse practitioner residencies, this similar program deserves a glance. Like to the way Teach for America places teachers in schools with educational needs across the country, MMU places nurse practitioners in medically underserved sites nationwide. Here, NPs can improve upon clinical skills in a supportive environment and provide much needed care to underserved populations.
Naturally, when I tell nurse practitioners about the program, they have a number of questions. Where will I be placed? How does the program work? If Midlevels for the Medically Underserved sounds like a program that might interest you, check out the following F.A.Q. for more information.
What is the purpose of Midlevels for the Medically Underserved?
The philosophy behind nurse practitioner’s participation in Midlevels for the Medically Underserved is similar to that of teachers participating in the Teach for America program. You use your developing talents as a nurse practitioner to serve in an area of medical need. Throughout your program you will grow your clinical skill set while providing much needed medical care to underserved communities. This experience will serve you well when you go to find a more long-term position after you complete the program.
Where will Midlevels for the Medically Underserved participants be placed?
Participants will be placed in healthcare facilities across the country that reach medically underserved communities and populations. The placement of Midlevels for the Medically Underserved providers in such facilities benefits patients, you as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant, and our healthcare community as a whole.
Most sites allow NPs and PAs the opportunity to apply for federal student loan repayment programs through the NHSC. Additionally, clinics and hospitals located in medically underserved areas offer the opportunity to continue learning in a supportive, community environment.
Do I get to choose where I am placed?
Throughout the Midlevels for the Medically Underserved application and placement process you will be given a chance to share your preferences regarding practice specialty, setting, and location. We will provide as much information as we can about available practice sites to help you select from the sites to which you are accepted. In selecting your placement options we will do our best to place you in one of your most preferred regions and settings as long as your qualifications meet the requirements.
While your preferences are an important factor in our decisions, we may not be able to place you in your most preferred spots. Our top priorities are professional development on part of the NP or PA and serving communities in medical need. Your placement is chosen so that your efforts can have the greatest impact.
Am I eligible for NHSC loan repayment as a Midlevels for the Medically Underserved participant?
MidlevelU does not specifically offer or coordinate loan forgiveness programs to participants. However, if you wish to apply for student loan repayment programs through the NHSC or elsewhere, you are welcome to do so. Eligibility to apply for and the likelihood of receiving an award from such programs may depend on the level of need in the community where you serve, the specialty or setting in which you complete your program, and your personal financial situation.
Will I receive training and support outside of the facility where I am placed?
The Midlevels for the Medically Underserved experience begins with a multi-day kickoff in Nashville, Tennessee — home of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and, of course, MidlevelU headquarters. At the Nashville kickoff, you will orient to the program, review expectations of your time in the program, get to know fellow participants, begin clinical training, and perhaps even sing karaoke at Lonnie’s Western Room.
Throughout your experience, you will attend weekly webinars devoted to expanding your clinical skills and knowledge, promoting professional development, and interacting with fellow MMU participants. Your practice site hosts participants with the expectation that continued learning opportunities and support are required to help the new nurse practitioner reach his or her full potential.
How long is the Midlevels for the Medically Underserved experience?
Participants are required to give a 12-month commitment to the program. NPs who wish to remain in the program for an additional year have the opportunity to do so provided the host facility is also willing to extend the Midlevels for the Medically Underserved commitment. Participants may also wish to accept a full-time position with the facility where they are placed following the experience should an opportunity be available, however this is not expected.
How much will I be paid during the program?
See the Compensation and Benefits section of the MMU Overview Packet. Click here to have the packet delivered to your inbox.
What happens after Midlevels for the Medically Underserved?
Graduates of programs like this often find that they have more opportunities after having completed the program than they had before doing so. Emerging as more experienced service leaders, NPs and PAs may go on to continue practicing in medically underserved areas or use their experience as a launching point for their advanced practice career. In whatever capacity you continue to serve as an NP or PA, your Midlevels for the Medically Underserved experience provides a unique and impactful foundation.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for MMU is February 29, 2016. Click here to have an application packet delivered to your inbox.