Practice Matters

Mayo Clinic Hematology Fellowship for Advanced Practice Providers

Yi L. Hwa,(1) DNP, APRN, CNP, Jessica L. Shelly,(1) MSN, APRN, Darci L. Zblewski,(1) MSN, APRN, Megan T. Spychalla,(1) PA-C, Dawn M. Udenberg,(1) DNP, APRN, Kathryn R. Cieslak,(2) MS, Grzegorz S. Nowakowski,(1) MD, Martha Q. Lacy,(1) MD, and Ariela L. Marshall,(1,3) MD

From (1)Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota; (2)Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Education Administration, Rochester, Minnesota; (3)Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Authors’ disclosures of conflicts of interest are found at the end of this article.

Correspondence to: Yi L. Hwa, DNP, APRN, CNP, Division of Hematology, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905. E-mail: hwa.yi@mayo.edu


J Adv Pract Oncol 2020;11(4):395–400 | https://doi.org/10.6004/jadpro.2020.11.4.6 | © 2020 Harborside™


  

ABSTRACT

Advanced practice providers (APPs), including nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs), are part of a growing cancer care workforce. Current hematology-specific education provided by most graduate NP and PA school educations is limited. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences launched a hematology-specific fellowship in 2018 to provide APPs with the skills and knowledge required to deliver high-quality specialty care in hematology and blood and marrow transplant (BMT). The fellowship curriculum was developed based on a needs-based assessment study as well as the qualitative reported experiences of current hematology-specific APPs. The curriculum contains didactic in-class education, research opportunities, and mentored clinical rotations in both inpatient and outpatient practice in hematology and BMT. This 12-month fellowship, one of the only postgraduate training programs dedicated to benign and malignant hematology practice, provides structured training for highly qualified graduate APPs interested in developing a rewarding career in hematology. 




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