Frequently Asked Questions

What is the amount of salary support that the fellowship would be able to provide?

The fellowship provides a stipend of $20,000 per year for physicians and $12,000 per year for PAs. Read more detailed information about costs. Most likely, the fellowship will will pay that directly to the practice to buy that person’s time. We recognize that 25% of a physician’s time might cost more than $20,000 (depending on their salary), so the practice will have to make up the difference.

What is the time requirement? Specifically, the frequency or duration of sessions?

Courses will take place at a time that is determined by the cohort as a group. Most students prefer evening classes because they can still see patients during the day, but instructors are flexible based on student preference. The seminars will be scheduled in the same manner, based on fellow preference. We expect seminars to take place once a month for one hour throughout the first year of the fellowship, and as needed during the second year. There are a few full-day trainings that will be required as part of the fellowship. All dates will be provided up front, so fellows can arrange for those days off in advance. These will occur no more than once a month, and all take place during the first year of the fellowship.

What is the coursework schedule?

Please see a schedule of coursework, including course descriptions, time commitment required, and details about the format the courses will be offered in. The first session for every class will be held in-person, and remaining sessions could be taken in-person or via video conference; it will be determined based on your location and preference after discussion with the instructor.

How would my clinic schedule adjust to this? I don’t want it to take time away from my patients.

Fellows will spend roughly 10 hours per week on the fellowship, so will drop to seeing patients 30 hours a week. It is up to the practice and the fellow to decide the schedule that works best.

My schedule is set quarterly about a month before the quarter starts. How far in advance would the fellowship schedule be known?

You will have plenty of advanced notice regarding the required dates and fellowship schedule.

My employer and I have found a way to make available 10 hours a week for the program, but I still will see patients more than 30 hours a week because I work more than 40 hours a week. Do I meet program requirements?

Yes! We are basing the time commitment on a 40 hrs/week schedule, so 25% committed time would be roughly 10 hours/week for the fellowship and 30 hours for clinic. As long as you are able to commit 10 hours/week to the fellowship, and that works for both you and your employer, then you meet the program requirements.

Are there any restrictions on the type of transformation project fellows can work on?

No. While we encourage project that focus on behavioral health, opioids, or diabetes/obesity, there are no restrictions on what the project can address.

Who should apply to the fellowship?

Primary care physicians and physician assistants who, with the support of their clinical practice site, seek to develop or enhance their skills in practice leadership, community health improvement, and patient-centered care. Read the eligibility requirements.

Can you be more specific about what “primary care transformation” means in relation to the fellowship? How would my participation and the project be applied in my clinic?

We view primary care transformation as any change or improvement in process, or delivery of care, that results in healthier patients and communities. The primary care transformation project should be grounded in some need that the fellow identifies for the clinic or its patients, and will thus directly impact your clinic and your patients. Participation in the fellowship coursework will give you the skills and tools necessary to plan and implement your project and make changes to improve your clinic and the health of your patients and/or community-served.

After finishing the fellowship what else needs to be accomplished for the master’s degree?

Fourteen academic course credits will be completed as part of the fellowship. Completion of the master’s degree requires 42 credits, so a fellow would need to complete 28 more course credits along with receiving targeted leadership coaching. Six hours (of the remaining 28) are for completion of a health care leadership project. It is possible that the fellowship transformation project may count for the health care leadership project requirement, but eligibility will be determined on an individual basis based on project requirements. If approved, course payment will still be required. Learn more about the master's program.