Atrium Health Primary and Urgent Care Fellowships

Specialty Tracks

  • Family Medicine (Fall start only)
  • Rural Family Medicine (Fall start only)
  • Urgent Care
  • Rural Urgent Care

Website: https://atriumhealth.org/education/center-for-advanced-practice/fellowships

Program Director

Melissa Ricker
APP Fellowship Director
Phone: (704) 355-0763
Email: Melissa.Ricker@atriumhealth.org

Medical Director
Dr. Michael Ruhlen

Mailing Address
PO Box 32861
Charlotte, NC 28232-2861
Phone: 704-446-5185
Fax: 704-446-0221

Program Description and History

Atrium Health is the second largest public institution in the country, with an expansive network of primary and urgent care practices. Due to the growing number of patients seeking immediate and preventative care services, this vast network offers premier clinical training sites for those training in these specialties. The goals of our one-year Fellowship are to enhance the clinical knowledge needed to optimally practice, expand the ability to critically think and participate in evidence-based clinical practice. Overall, our fellowship will prepare the APP to be a well-rounded provider, leader, and resource within the healthcare team. In addition to specialty and elective rotation experiences, the APP will receive hands-on learning in our state-of-the-art simulation center, present formal case-based lectures, participate in team learning discussions and receive professional development and quality improvement education. Each fellow graduate is equipped with crucial experiences in the community setting to assess the biological, clinical and behavioral needs of the individual patient across the lifespan and skills to efficiently provide comprehensive care.

Fellow Clinical Experiences

  • Rotations within your designated service line, interservice subspecialties, and off-service specialties
  • Weekly specialty didactics


  • Structured specialty didactics
    • Lectures
    • Case Conferences
    • Department Presentations
    • Multidisciplinary Rounds
    • Journal Club and/or Tumor Boards
    • Assigned reading
  • 3-month weekly systems-based practice education
  • Professional Development
  • Quality Improvement Project
  • Interprofessional Education Experiences
  • Simulation procedural and case scenarios
  • Mentoring

Program Length

12 months

Class Size

5-7 per cohort, variable size in each specialty track

Start Date

  • April (application deadline the preceding September 15)
  • October (application deadline the preceding March 15)

Application Components

  • Completed online application
  • One-page personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official graduate transcripts
  • Copy of BLS card
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Recent professional photograph
  • Copies of certifications and licenses (not required at the time application)


Interviews are performed April/May/June for the October start date and October/November/December for April start. Offer letters are sent in June and December. Confirmation of acceptance by the applicant one week after an offer letter is sent to the candidate.

Selection Criteria

Completion of master’s level graduate degree, NCCPA board certification, and NC PA licensure are required prior to the start of the fellowship program (you may apply prior to graduation). The PA should be highly motivated, dedicated, demonstrate stress management skills, poise, confidence, a passion of the profession, be able to adapt to an ever-changing environment and be able to work within a multi-professional team.

Credential Awarded

Certificate of completion

More Information?

We welcome all program inquiries! You can reach us at Fellowship.Applicants@atriumhealth.org