Advanced Practice Provider (NP/PA) Fellowship – Neurology/Neurosurgery

Advanced Practice Provider (NP/PA) Fellowship – Neurology/Neurosurgery


The MSK APP Fellowship Background

The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s (MSK) Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship program provides Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants the opportunity to train at one of the top cancer centers in the United States. This Fellowship Program began over 40 years ago in Hospice and Palliative Care with one APP Fellow and now accepts over fifteen APP Fellows in six distinct disciplines. The Fellows are mentored by an interdisciplinary team of experienced oncology clinicians serving patients from around the world.

The MSK APP Fellowship Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide an oncology-intensive postgraduate academic program for the APP that promotes collaborative, high-quality, evidence-based, and compassionate patient-centered care to a diverse patient population in alignment with the institutional mission of MSK. The MSK APP Fellow will participate in clinical skills practicums, research, didactic learning, and clinical rotations on medical and surgical oncology and consultative services. Upon graduation from the Fellowship, the APP will be proficient in the delivery of exceptional comprehensive care of the oncology patient.

Fellowship Overview

The goal of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Advanced Practice Provider Neurology/Neurosurgery Oncology Fellowship is to promote practice transition and professional development to the Neurology/Neurosurgical oncology patient population as part of a collaborative interdisciplinary healthcare team.

Clinical Rotations

The program will consist of rotations in Neurology, Neurosurgery, and the Neuro Acute Care Unit. The APP Fellow will also have extended rotations with Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and the outpatient clinics.

Neurology/Neurosurgery Inpatient
The Fellow will provide direct patient care, as part of a collaborative team, to the neuro-oncology patient who is recovering from a neurosurgical procedure, receiving chemotherapy for CNS lymphoma, or requiring symptom management and treatment of an acute neurocritical illness.

Neurology/Neurosurgery Outpatient
In the outpatient setting, the Fellow will have the opportunity to rotate through the Urgent Care Center, the Neurology, Neuro-Oncology, and Neurosurgery clinics. These comprehensive clinics provide outpatient care to the new patient seeking consultation, the postoperative Neurosurgery patient, established care visits for routine management, and urgent care visits including symptom management with appropriate escalation, as needed.

Neurology Acute Care Unit
While rotating within this closed Neuro unit, the Fellow will have the opportunity to evaluate, manage, and implement treatment for the critically ill neuro-oncology patient. The Fellow will collaborate closely with Intensivists from the ICU, the Neurology Attending, and the Neurosurgery Attending to provide comprehensive care to the neurocritical patient.

Fellow Clinical responsibilities will include:

  • Gathering a comprehensive patient history
  • Comprehensive physical examination
  • Comprehensive neurology examination
  • Ordering and analyzing diagnostic studies
  • Formulating and implementing treatment plans
  • Evaluating response to treatment
  • Coordination of patient care
  • Active participation within the interdisciplinary healthcare team
  • Participate in the implementation of patient education and clinical support programs to ensure optimal care throughout the healthcare continuum

Successful completion of the APP Neurology/Neurosurgery Fellowship Program will be established by successful completion of the designated fellowship competencies, including a comprehensive evaluation and demonstration of skills.

Length of Program

12 months, September start date (varies)

Number of Positions

2 per year

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Eligibility & Requirements

You are a highly motivated critical thinker with a strong desire to care for the oncology patient population. You are empathetic, resourceful, communicate well, and enjoy working inter-professionally. You are seeking a fellowship position in an environment that fosters mutual respect, leadership, ethical decision-making, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

Applicants must be trained at the master’s level as an:

  • Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician Assistant

All applicants must:

  • Have current New York State RN and NP licenses, or PA license and appropriate NP/PA board certification
  • Be graduates of an accredited Nursing, Nurse Practitioner, and/or Physician Assistant program in the United States


Please submit all required documents in one pdf document via link above

  • curriculum vitae
  • a personal statement
  • three letters of recommendation.

Personal statement: The personal statement offers you an opportunity to discuss the talents, experiences, and goals that qualify you as a unique APP Fellowship candidate. We are seeking evidence of your qualifications and aptitude as well as your ability to communicate clearly and professionally. Personal statements should be no more than 500 words, typed, and double spaced using 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font.

Letters of recommendation should be addressed to:

Nicole N Zakak, MS, RN, CPNP
Director, APP Quality and Professional Development

Letters of recommendation should be from the following sources:

  • Peer/Colleague
  • Current or prior work supervisor
  • Advanced Practice Clinical Instructor, Faculty, Program Director, or Preceptor

Important Dates

  • February 15 – application opens
  • April 1 – application deadline
  • May 1 – interview decisions
  • June 1 – acceptance notifications

Program Directors

Kelly Haviland PhD, FNP- BC
[email protected]

Nicole N Zakak, MS, RN, CPNP, CPHON