Program Curriculum & FAQs

Program Core Curriculum

Family Practice and Pediatric Continuity Clinics – Residents develop their own patient panel while having a preceptor exclusively assigned to them including a weekly session of designated pediatric care.

Specialty Rotations – Focused rotations in high-risk, high-volume, and high-burden areas most commonly encountered in FQHC settings.

Mentored Clinics – Residents focus on episodic care seeing patients under the supervision of a mentor PCP who is available for consultation.

Weekly Didactic Sessions – Formal learning sessions on a variety of complex clinical challenges most commonly encountered in FQHCs.

Quality Improvement Seminars – Seminars focus on developing knowledge and skills to improve care utilizing quality improvement tools and methods.

Project ECHO® Pain – Residents join a twice monthly videoconference that connects primary care providers with a multidisciplinary team of pain specialists to improve the management of patients  with chronic pain.

Participation in Ongoing Multi-Input Evaluation – Residents contribute to continuous programmatic improvement via assigned evaluations throughout the residency experience.


Program FAQs

What is the residency?

  • The residency is a post-graduate training opportunity for APRNs with an interest in primary care of the underserved. Through mentoring and didactic content, the residency prepares new graduate APRNs to provide Primary Care to vulnerable populations in a Community Health Center setting.

What kind of Clinical Experience is offered?

  • For Family Nurse Practitioners, the residency offers the opportunity to rotate through multiple health center sites. The emphasis is on best practices in comprehensive primary health care delivery. The residency will equip the new APRN with the unique skill set required to meet the challenge of caring for patients in a safety net setting.
  • El Rio Health is a teaching health center, with medical students and physician/dentist residencies in Family Practice and Pediatric specialties. Inter-professional collaboration is our approach and cross-care learning opportunities exist.

How long is is the Residency?

  • For Family Nurse Practitioners, the residency is a full year.

Are loan repayment options available during the residency?

  • No. However, residents may apply for loan repayment through Federal and State programs after the residency is completed.

Is this a paid position?

  • The residency is a full-time salaried position.  The position includes a benefits package and loan deferment may be available.

How do I apply?

  • The current application cycle for the 2021-2022 program is currently closed. To be added to our interest list for our next cycle, please email us at

Can other non-FNPs (i.e. Adult Geriatric NPs, Pediatric NPs, etc.) apply?

  • No.  This program is designed specifically for Family Nurse Practitioners.  However, El Rio is continually looking to expand its programs, and is hoping to expand into other areas over time.  These may become residency offerings in the near future!