Fellowship Program

Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship

Rochester Regional Health


Rochester Regional Health’s Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship programs take place in a protected learning environment that provides exposure to an array of complex disease processes found in acute and office settings. With a focus on developing competence and confidence, the transition-to-practice programs prepare the advanced practice provider to deliver superior patient care. These one-year, post-graduate fellowship programs are appropriate for new nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistant (PA) graduates.

About the Fellowship

The fellowships prepare each APP to be a well-rounded provider, leader, and resource within the healthcare team. In addition to scheduled care presentations and team learning discussions, fellows will experience real-time patient care as licensed APPs in various patient care units, with a gradual ease into independence.

Each fellow is equipped with crucial experience in many specialty-specific rotations and procedures, as well as an established network of providers within other specialties.


The competencies you’ll gain in Rochester Regional Health’s Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship include:

  • Arthrocentesis
  • Cast/splint application and removal, including operation of cast saw
  • Compartment pressure monitoring
  • Feeding tube, urinary catheter, and chest tube placement
  • Foreign body removal
  • Moderate sedation – test and airway skills certification required
  • Nerve blocks – local/topical, digital block, peripheral nerve block, hematoma block
  • Placement, monitoring, and manipulation of central line
  • Peritoneal lavage
  • Suturing and management of wounds and abscesses

Surgical Fellowship Rotations

  • 4 months general surgery
  • 2 months SICU
  • 2 months vascular surgery
  • 3 months electives (each 1 month long)

Didactic Training

Leadership Training

  • Intern/APP Series: Building Relationships
  • Intern/APP Series: Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership Series: Diversity & Inclusion
  • Intern/APP Series: Emotional Intelligence

Quality and Safety

  • Basic Certificate in Quality & Safety
  • Rochester Regional: Safety Event Reporting – SafeConnect
  • Rochester Regional: NYS DOH Electronic Death Reporting System


  • Designing your own project with publication in mind

Simulation Labs

  • Three ACLS Simulations
  • Three Acute Care Simulations 

Vascular Access Device Training

  • Advanced Airway Class
  • Vascular Access Device Workshop


  • Advanced Diabetes Care Training Class
  • APP Hot Topics in Health Care
  • M&M Conferences, Grand Rounds, and Journal Clubs

How to Apply

Currently, we are only interviewing for the Surgical APP Fellowship. No other APP Fellowships are available at this time.

We prioritize candidates who are:

  • Newly-graduated nurse practitioners or physician assistants
  • Experienced NPs or PAs who are open to learning a new specialty

Deadline for Application: Applications will be accepted January 2024. Interviews will take place in March 2024.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the APP Fellowship program, candidates must:

  • Have graduated from an accredited nurse practitioner or physician assistant program
  • Hold credentials/licensure required by the State of New York
  • Nurse practitioners: Active, unencumbered registered nurse and advanced registered nurse practitioner licensure in the State of New York, plus active Drug Enforcement Authority registration
  • Physician assistants: Active, unencumbered physician assistant licensure in the State of New York and NCCPA board certification, plus active Drug Enforcement Authority registration

Benefits & Compensation

The following is a list of benefits granted to all residents at no charge.

Life insurance

Employer paid coverage equal to 1x salary with option to purchase added coverage up to five (5) times annual salary.

Short-Term Disability

Residents are entitled to up to six months of pay in the event of an approved disability, compensated at 60% of the resident stipend.

Long-Term Disability

Residents are provided with long-term disability of 50% of resident stipend in the event of an approved long-term disability. Residents have an option to purchase additional long-term disability to bring the amount up to 66.67%.

Medical Insurance

Opportunity to enroll in one of two comprehensive medical insurance plans.

On-site Child Care

Child care programs are offered for children between the ages of eight weeks to pre-school, and a before and after-school program is available to serve employees and the community. Preferential consideration is given to Hospital employees based upon availability; these employees receive a discounted rate.


Option to enroll in tax deferred annuity plan.

Dental Insurance

Option to purchase one of two dental plans.

Vision/Hearing Plan

Option to purchase a vision & hearing plan.


EAP is free, confidential service for employees and immediate family members that provides assistance with everyday work and family issues, as well as more challenging personal concerns.


Paid Holidays

Paid Vacation

Why Rochester?

The Greater Rochester area, in the Finger Lakes region of New York, is a truly unique place to live and work. Rochester’s urban arts, entertainment and dining venues are complemented by surrounding suburban, rural and lakefront communities. This results in a wealth of options for work and play.

Program Leadership

Ralph Pennino, MD

Specialty Medicine & Surgery Group

Selma Mujezinovic, DNP, FNP-BC

System VP, Advanced Practice Providers Program Director, APP Fellowship

Richard Alweis, MD

Associate CMO for Medical Education

Why Choose Rochester Regional Health

Rochester General Hospital is a premier teaching hospital and the flagship hospital for Rochester Regional Health. Our health system consists of five hospitals covering a 14-county area in Western New York State, with seamlessly integrated healthcare and multiple Healthgrades Excellence Awards across under our belts.

Contact Us

For additional information or inquiries, please contact:

Richard Alweis, MD, FACP

DIO, Associate CMO for Medical Education
Phone: (585) 922-4446

Selma Mujezinovic, DNP, FNP-BC

System Vice President, Advanced Practice Providers
Phone: (585) 922-9844