How many cohorts are there each year? When does each cohort begin?
There are 2 cohorts of 5-6 fellows accepted each year. Cohorts begin on March 1st and September 1st.
When do applications open/end? Are they on a rolling acceptance at all? Can I reapply?
Applications are NOT taken on a rolling admission. Applications for specific cohorts open approximately 11-12 months before the start dates. Your application will be accepted for a specific cohort and start date only, applying does NOT make you eligible for both cohorts. Application deadlines are typically 7-8 months before the start date to allow for candidate selection and credentialing. Specific dates will be posted on the website. If you are not selected for a specific cohort, we do consider reapplications. If you would like to reapply, please make sure the program manager knows.
What cohort should I apply to?
Application deadlines are typically at least 7 months before the cohort start dates to allow for credentialing. You must provide your licensure exam results at least 60 days before your start date, so if you are only graduating 2 months before the cohort start date, you will not be eligible for that cohort.
I don’t see an application deadline on the website, why is this?
Application deadlines are added once the application opens for a specific cohort. If you do not see a deadline for a specific start date on the website, we are not actively taking applications for that cohort. Check back to the website for updates or email Cayleigh Brown at DHM-Education@ucdenver.edu for more information on future cohorts.
If I apply, when will I be notified of final acceptance/denial?
We typically aim to notify applicants within a month and a half after the application deadline. If you do not make it through the initial phases, you will be contacted earlier on.
I submitted my application and have not gotten any confirmation, should I be worried?
You may not hear from us until it is closer to the application deadline. Feel free to reach out if you have any concerns with your application or have questions regarding submitting it. YOU are responsible to make sure all documents are attached properly. The program manager or HR manager will NOT check your application before the deadline date to ensure all documents have been included. After you submit your online application you will receive an automated response from CU HR.
I’m an FNP/ENP, can I still apply and be considered, even if I have significant ER/hospital work experience?
Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to accept any NPs other than credentialed ACNPs into the fellowship. Since our fellows rotate on services through the University of Colorado Hospital, we have to adhere to their guidelines and they are currently only accepting ACNPs as employees in the inpatient setting as set by national guidelines.
Would I be able to do an ACNP certification while doing the fellowship simultaneously?
Unfortunately, the fellowship is too much of a time commitment to do a dual program at the same time. You MUST be credentialed as an ACNP prior to doing the fellowship, but you can apply to a future cohort with plans to get your ACNP credentialing before the fellowship cohort start date you have applied for.
Can I apply for a cohort during my last semester of training, prior to having licensure exam results?
Yes, you can be accepted into the program before your graduation as long as you have taken and passed your exam 60 days prior to starting the fellowship.
Who should I address my cover letter/personal statement/ letter of recommendations to?
You are welcome to address your letters and have your recommenders address letters to “Advanced Practice Fellowship Selection Committee”.
Should I submit my letter of recommendation online with my application, or should it be sent directly to you from the recommender?
You are welcome to submit the letter of recommendation to the job posting. If your recommender wishes to send it to us directly, you may have them email it to Cayleigh Brown at DHM-Education@ucdenver.edu
. We do suggest that you make us aware of who will be sending any letter(s) to us directly either by submitting a word document on your application stating who or via email, so we know if we have received all your letters and your application is complete when we go to review it.
Can I come and shadow the program to learn more?
**Update: Due to COVID, UCH has temporarily suspended their shadowing program. Once they resume we will be able to accommodate a request** Yes, you are welcome to come and shadow to get an idea of what the fellowship would be like and to learn more. This can be scheduled through Cayleigh Brown (DHM-Education@ucdenver.edu). Typically a week day is best for you to get the best experience from shadowing. Paperwork will be sent to you once a date is set and must be completed and turned in 2 weeks before you plan to shadow so please send your request 3-4 weeks before you wish to come and shadow. If you live out of state and would like to travel to Colorado to shadow, we would be happy to have you, but unfortunately we do not have the ability to reimburse you for any travel costs.
Are there any current or graduated fellows that I can speak with regarding their experience with the fellowship?
Yes, we can put you in touch with either current or past fellows (now faculty) who are willing to discuss their experiences with you. Please contact Cayleigh Brown at DHM-Education@ucdenver.edu directly to request this and she can reach out to the fellows for you. Please keep in mind that current/graduated fellows have busy schedules so we ask you to be respectful of their time.
What does the interview process look like if I move on to that stage?
After we do our initial review of applications, if you make it to the interview stage, then the process begins with a phone call interview. If the hiring committee decides to accept you to the next stage they will request a second interview which is held via Skype or in-person if you live in the area. If you would like to travel to Colorado to complete an in-person interview, we would be happy to have you, but unfortunately, we do not have the ability to reimburse you for any travel costs.
What are you looking for in candidates?
We look for candidates who express a high interest in acute inpatient medicine as a career trajectory and are looking for an intensive training experience. Since it’s a rigorous and lengthy fellowship, the best candidates are those who truly want to spend an additional 13 months in training as a learner.
How can I make my application competitive?
Any courses and specific rotations that show your interest in and ability to excel clinically in the inpatient/acute setting would make you a competitive applicant. However, your application is viewed as a whole (letters of recommendation, transcripts, personal statement, etch) and we do take everything into consideration.
Approximately how many applicants apply for each cohort?
Typically, anywhere from 30-35 applicants per cohort.
Are fellows typically from around Colorado, or does the program have fellows from other states?
Fellows are from all around the country/world! It truly depends on the cohort, however, we receive about half of our applications from CO residents or candidates that have previously lived in CO. Cohorts are all different but are usually a mix of about half from CO and half from other states.
Are most applicants/fellows usually new graduates out of PA/NP school, immediately doing the fellowship, or have they been employed and practicing for a few years?
Applicants/fellows tend to be both recent graduates as well as those who have held previous employment and have been practicing after PA/NP school. Cohorts usually have a mix of both. Keep in mind that our fellowship is quite rigorous, hence, the best candidates are those who truly want to spend an additional 13 months in training as a learner-focused on hospital medicine.
I am a PA/NP student interested in doing a rotation with your group, do you have availability for this?
Unfortunately, at this time there is not enough space on our clinical teams to take on students from outside of the University of Colorado’s NP and PA schools. We hope we can do this in the future!
I see that vacation weeks will be pre-set for me. Would I be able to request a certain vacation week (say, if I had a wedding, important life event, etc.)?
Unfortunately, no. Your 5 weeks of vacation will be spread out throughout the fellowship in pre-set dates. This decision was made in order to achieve our program vision to ensure the highest educational experience for all fellows. Previously, allowing fellows to choose their own vacation dates caused disruptions in the educational/clinical schedule shifts. Breaks in the schedule for vacations left many fellows working 1-week shifts instead of the needed 2-week shifts to attain familiarity with the workings of a clinical team and to succeed in establishing the role as a fellow on those teams.
Can my student loans be deferred during the fellowship?
Yes. Once you are accepted to the fellowship, you can request deferment of loans with our HR Manager. Please note, deferment can only be during your active enrollment of the fellowship (start date to end date), and cannot be started early or extended outside program dates.
Is it easy for people to get a job after they finish the fellowship, and if so, where?
This fellowship has no guarantee of employment beyond the fellowship period nor are graduates required to commit to positions here at the University of Colorado Health after graduation. Our graduates have had a 100% placement rate, with 42% taking positions within the University of Colorado Health System in Hospital Medicine, 34% in subspecialties such as renal, neuro, ICU, Emergency Department, BMT and others, and another 24% deciding to take positions outside the UCH system.
Will I have a mentor and/or personal preceptor to support me during the program?
You will have a variety of support available to you during the fellowship. The APF Leadership team (co-directors, assistant co-directors, and program manager) will be your main "mentors" to guide you through the clinical aspects of fellowship, performance reviews, job advice, etc. In the first 6 months of the program you will be paired with a senior fellow to guide you through the basics of the fellowship by "showing you the ropes" and providing you with additional camaraderie and moral support. Additionally, you will also be assigned a Clinical Coach, one of our APP faculty members, who will meet with you ~3 times throughout your fellowship to assist you in meeting your clinical goals.
Is this program accredited?
No, at this time our program has not been accredited. However, The fellowship curriculum is designed and is based upon the physician "Core Competencies" from the Society of Hospital Medicine.