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Shasta Community Health Center NP/PA Post Graduate Primary Care Fellowship Program

“Providing quality health care services to the medically underserved populations of our
communities.”

Clinic Information
Services of Shasta Community Health Center (SCHC): Family Practice, Pediatrics, Urgent Care,
Patient Education, Wellness Programs, Mental Health Counseling, Primary Care
Neuropsychiatry, Intensive Outpatient Care

Specialty: Orthopedics, Telemedicine, Gynecology, Ophthalmology, HIV and Hep Clinics,
Pediatric ENT and Dermatology

1035 Placer St
Redding, CA 96001
Phone: 530-246- 5710
Fax: 530-244- 7846
URL: http://www.shastahealth.org/nppa-fellowship
Medical Director: Dr. Pamela Knickerbocker
Program Director: Dorothy Bratton-Sandoval, PA-C

Contact Information
Primary Contact:
Dorothy Bratton-Sandoval
Program Director, MPAS, PA-C
Phone: 530-229- 5191
Email: dsandoval@shastahealth.org

Additional Contact:
Caleb Addie
NP/PA Fellowship Support Specialist
Phone: 530-246- 5986
Email: caddie@shastahealth.org

Program Synopsis
Shasta Community Health Center’s (SCHC) NP/PA Post Graduate Fellowship Program is
specifically designed for new graduates and newly licensed clinicians in the area of primary care
within the Community Health Clinic setting. The program’s goal is to cultivate a positive and
accelerated learning environment for newly graduated PAs and NPs. This 12 month paid
fellowship will introduce the clinician to the broad range of services and skills required to be
part of a Community Health Center and in treating the underserved. Included are specialized
rotations within SCHC divided between: Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Psychiatry and Urgent
Care.

As licensed clinicians, SCHC Fellows have independent clinics each week in addition the
specialized rotations precepted by experienced physicians, PAs and NPs.

Focus of Independent Clinics:

  • History and physical exam techniques
  • Development of differential diagnoses, appropriate diagnostics and interpretation of diagnosis
  • Growth of effective and evidence based treatment plans
  • Proficient use of EHR system
  • Identifying patients appropriate for consultation and/or referral and processes for completion of referrals
  • Emphasis on team building and role as a medical team leader

Procedure Clinics:

  • Incision and drainage of skin lesions
  • Simple skin biopsy techniques and suturing
  • Laceration repair
  • IUD and Nexplanon placement
  • Orthopedic and therapeutic injections

Fellows who complete the NP/PA Fellowship will be evaluated for competency within each
rotation and independent clinic. Once the fellowship is completed, a panel of providers will
recommend ongoing contractual employment with SCHC. A Certificate of Completion is
awarded to graduating Fellows. The SCHC NP/PA Post Graduate Fellowship Program is a non-
accredited training program and is funded by SCHC along with various grants.

Admissions Process and Timetable

1. Entry Requirements:
To be considered for the program, applicants must have a Masters in Nurse Practitioner
or Physician Assistant studies from an accredited institution. Candidates will be NCCPA
certified and licensed to practice in the State of California.

2. Selection Criteria:
In addition to meeting all entry requirements, applicants will have a strong desire to
learn the skills necessary to practice primary care within the Community Health Clinic
setting and treat the underserved populations of our community.

3. Interview Process:
Typically, potential fellows will undergo a series of phone interviews before being asked
to visit for an onsite interview. After a tour of the main campus and introductions to key
staff, candidates participate in a “Q&A” style lunch, where questions are asked and
answered by administrators, preceptors and existing fellows.

4. Program Start Dates:
Program start dates vary as we require a minimum of two but no more than three
fellows to begin a new cohort. Ideally, a new cohort would begin each spring and fall.

Financial Information

1. Salary:
Fellows are generously compensated and earn 80% of starting PA salary.

2. Summary of Benefits:
Benefits include medical, dental, eye and life insurance along with a 403-B plan. Fellows
will also receive 2 weeks paid vacation, paid holidays, sick leave and bereavement.

3. Financial Assistance:
SCHC covers all moving expenses, license and credential renewal fees and cost to attend
CMEs. Additionally, we offer a loan reimbursement option.

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