Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Fellowship Program
The emergency medicine fellowship program is sponsored by Relias Healthcare. The program’s primary clinical site is North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi. It is a twelve-month program designed to develop recent graduate nurse practitioners and physician assistants to be emergency medicine providers. The curriculum is also designed to prepare nurse practitioners and physicians assistants for the emergency medicine board exams. There are opportunities to work within our system as emergency medicine providers upon completion of the fellowship training.
Each month there is a four-hour didactic session which includes lectures, case presentations and board review discussion. In the Relias Healthcare fellowship handbook, there are assigned readings from Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine Manual and the lectures correspond to those topics. The fellows present cases in a PowerPoint format during each month’s didactic session. Additionally, board questions are reviewed and discussed.
Prior to rotating in the department, the fellows participate in a cadaver lab. The lab gives the fellows an opportunity to perform advance procedures prior to working in the department. An emergent obstetrics simulation lab is also offered during the ob-gyn month. We continually work to provide the fellows with additional learning opportunities in simulation environments.
Twice a year, fellows and physician attendings meet to discuss topics which we may be able to apply to the groups’ clinical practice.
Past topics include:
“The use of ketamine in the treatment of acute pain.”
“Balanced Crystalloids versus Saline in Acutely Ill Patients”
“Contrast-Induced Nephropathy: Monster or Myth?”