Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

In Partnership with Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Puentes de Salud has launched the third Nurse Practitioner Residency Program in the United States. Through a one-year experience that combines supervised clinical and didactic sessions, Puentes de Salud seeks to provide the training necessary for new NPs to function more efficiently and effectively in a variety of practice settings. Puentes de Salud’s NP Residency Program includes supervised work in primary care, women’s health and emergency medicine, where residents are exposed to a full spectrum of disease.

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) Residency Program at Puentes de Salud is based on the following:

  • NPs will continue to play a significant role in providing primary care to patients in many settings, including a growing emphasis on community-based settings.
  • Medical education and nursing education currently operate independently of one another. Therefore NPs and medical trainees do not have an opportunity to learn to work together as part of an interdisciplinary team, even though optimal patient care requires a highly collaborative approach.
  • Educational programs for NPs do not include sufficient exposure to clinical settings. To be effective, it is important for NPs to (a) Spend time in a health clinic and an emergency department in order to know when a clinic patient should be seen by the emergency department and vice versa and (b) Gain exposure to a wide variety of problems, so they know when referral to a specialist is needed (rather than needing in-depth exposure to the diagnoses or treatment of health issues that specialists address.)

Therefore, Puentes has developed the framework for an NP Post-Graduate Residency Program with three overarching goals:
1. Significantly expand and strengthen the clinical skills of recent NP graduates, with a specific focus on developing the NP’s capacity to function independently and collaborate with physicians when necessary.
2. Help to break down silos between the medical education and nursing education worlds, with a specific focus on helping to advance an interdisciplinary model of health care provision.
3. Demonstrate how an NP Post-Graduate Residency Program increases access, improves quality, and decreases cost, with the explicit goals of promoting adoption of such programs as the state of the art and convincing the federal government to establish funding streams for NP post-graduate training as it does for medical residents’ education.

The NP Residency Program application cycle is open for 2017-2018. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Click Here for Eligibility & Requirements  Application Packet 

Programa de Intercambio Medico Cientifico

Since 1991, Drs. Jack Ludmir and Steve Larson have cultivated extensive personal and professional relationships with colleagues in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Dedicated to sharing knowledge and technology with their Latin American counterparts, they have invited countless students, residents and physicians from Peru, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and Mexico to observe medical education and clinical care in the United States. In addition, numerous medical students, residents, and faculty from the United States have been afforded opportunities to study and observe health care in the developing world. The long-term goal of these efforts is twofold: to continue to establish a north-south partnership that facilitates the exchange of information and knowledge; and, ultimately, to leverage resources to support the development of “south-south” partnerships. See the Mesoamerican Health Initiative and the Pan American Health Organization for additional information.