Summit Health, COPE Health Solutions launch Advanced Practice Provider fellowship program

Summit Health said it recently partnered with COPE Health Solutions to design and implement a 12-month postgraduate Advanced Practice Provider fellowship program for Advanced Practice Nurses (nurse practitioners) and physician assistants who are seeking to advance their academic training in primary care.

The inaugural cohort of fellows will begin in December 2022 and applications are currently being accepted. The program — a first for Summit Health — will focus on further strengthening and developing skills in a variety of domains and through multiple learning modalities.

“The implementation of this program at Summit Health is integral in continuing our commitment to primary care transformation and population health aimed at improving outcomes for patients, and in achieving our vision of building healthier, kinder communities,” Dr. Beverly Karas-Irwin, vice president of nursing & Advanced Practice Providers at Summit Health, said.

The Summit Health APP Fellowship Program prepares the fellow to become a versatile provider, leader and asset to the primary care health care team.

Fellows will also participate in various activities such as weekly didactics, discussions surrounding evidenced base medicine, skills labs, presentations and other projects. Each graduate from the program will be equipped with vital experiences to confidently deliver exceptional patient care.

This unique fellowship will include training around value-based care and population health, which is an essential component to the future of fellow’s practice. The missions of both Summit Health and COPE Health Solutions align in the development of APPs as a vital part of the future of health care.

With a focus on population health and patient-centered care, fellows will become leaders among the Summit Health team as patient advocates in preventative medicine. Additionally, Summit Health’s partnership with COPE Health Solutions, a leader in value-based care transformation, provides a unique opportunity to develop fellows in the changing health care environment.