Medical Assistant Fellowship Program
Community Health Network offers an exciting healthcare training opportunity to medical assistant students. Community was awarded a federal grant to fund an advanced clinical training fellowship for local medical assistant students who are actively enrolled and preparing for externship.
Community understands the need to recruit highly-qualified, professional and patient-focused individuals to work with the physicians and patients in our physician offices and ambulatory clinics. Community wants to be proactive in providing clinical training experiences that help develop successful medical assistants.
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The Medical Assistant Fellowship Program is an advanced externship program for selected applicants. It will provide 250 hours of extensive training during a period of eight to 10 weeks. This specialized program is designed to strengthen clinical and educational preparation as well as open the door to employment opportunities.
The program includes the support of a program supervisor and experienced preceptors at our physician practices and outpatient settings. These partners will oversee the development and demonstration of required skills within the MA scope of practice.
Program participants rotate through two clinical settings, including physician offices, urgent care and other ambulatory care settings, to develop valuable, practical experiences that will give them an academic and clinical edge in the marketplace.
Upon successful completion of the fellowship program, all students will be considered for open positions at Community Health Network, taking into consideration preferences for location, specialty and hours.
Students will be interviewed and selected periodically throughout the year. We will evaluate applicants based upon the following criteria and requirements. Fellowship candidates must:
- Be actively pursuing a degree from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited MA program in which they have completed all prerequisite classroom courses and are approaching the final externship phase of their program.
- Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
How to Apply
To apply, candidates must submit all of the following materials by the designated deadline for the fellowship session they wish to attend. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Complete the online application: Apply Online
- Submit MA school transcripts, including the most recent semester (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
- Submit a 250-word essay explaining the reasons the applicant should be accepted to the fellowship program and the reasons for pursuing a career in health care.
- The transcript and essay must be submitted together. They may be scanned and attached to a single e-mail addressed to mafellowship@eCommunity.com or attached to the online application.
The online fellowship application and all required paperwork must be received by Community by 5 p.m. on the deadline date listed for the fellowship session in which you wish to participate. Please ensure all required documents are submitted. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Below are the upcoming orientation dates and their deadlines for application submission. Future dates will be posted closer to their start dates.
Program start date: October 29, 2019
- Accepting applications starting: August 30, 2019
- Application deadline: September 27, 2019
Applications will be reviewed and top qualifying students will advance to a personal interview. Students must attend the interview to be considered for selection. Student preferences for location, specialty and hours will be considered as we attempt to match selected students with their preferences.
Those invited to participate in the fellowship program will be asked to provide documentation of the following prior to orientation:
- A QuantiFERON® test will be used in place of a two-step TB skin test.
- Natural history or proof of immunization for rubella, rubeola and mumps (MMR).
- Natural history or proof of immunization for varicella.
- Either proof of hepatitis B vaccination or a waiver.
- Either proof of flu vaccination or a waiver.
Program participants will attend a comprehensive, interactive, four-day orientation prior to clinical assignments. Students will receive EMR training as well as a review of procedures and clinical skills.
For questions about the fellowship program, please call or e-mail Stacey Hunt, RN, program supervisor, at 317-621-7524 or syoung4@eCommunity.com.