Program Core Curriculum

Family Practice and Pediatric Continuity Clinics – Residents develop their own patient panel while having a preceptor exclusively assigned to them including a weekly session of designated pediatric care.

Specialty Rotations – Focused rotations in high-risk, high-volume, and high-burden areas most commonly encountered in FQHC settings.

Mentored Clinics – Residents focus on episodic care seeing patients under the supervision of a mentor PCP who is available for consultation.

Weekly Didactic Sessions – Formal learning sessions on a variety of complex clinical challenges most commonly encountered in FQHCs. Specialized didactics in Diversity and Inclusion and Fostering Well-being and Resilience.

Quality Improvement Training – Focused didactics to develop knowledge and skills to improve care utilizing QI tools and methods. Opportunity to initiate change within the health system through participation in QI project teams.

Participation in Ongoing Multi-Input Evaluation – Residents contribute to continuous programmatic improvement via assigned evaluations throughout the residency experience.

Interprofessional Education – Quarterly learning sessions featuring collaborative team-based care across disciplines.

Program FAQs

The residency is a post-graduate training opportunity for APRNs with an interest in primary care of the underserved. Through mentoring and didactic content, the residency prepares new graduate APRNs to provide Primary Care to vulnerable populations in a Community Health Center setting.

The residency offers the opportunity to rotate through multiple health center sites. The emphasis is on best practices in comprehensive primary health care delivery. The residency will equip the new APRN with the unique skill set required to meet the challenge of caring for patients in a safety net setting.

El Rio Health is a teaching health center, with medical students and physician/dentist residencies in Family Practice and Pediatric specialties. Inter-professional collaboration is our approach and cross-care learning opportunities exist.

The residency is 12 months.

No. However, residents may apply for loan repayment through Federal and State programs after the residency is completed.

The residency is a full-time salaried position. The position includes a benefits package and loan deferment may be available.

Our application cycle for the 2024-2025 program is open. If you are interested in applying, please visit our Apply Page. If you have any questions, please email us at

No. This program is designed specifically for Family Nurse Practitioners. However, El Rio is continually looking to expand its programs, and is hoping to expand into other areas over time. These may become residency offerings in the near future!