Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

Applications Open December 2022

Our Mission

CHAS Health’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program mission is to advance the education of newly graduated Family Nurse Practitioners resulting in increased professional competency, confidence, and understanding of the unique population within the community health center setting. By providing an excellent educational experience, CHAS Health will advance its mission to expand access to quality health care services while retaining exceptional primary health care providers who reflect the diverse population that we serve.

Our NP Residency Program

Established in 2017, the CHAS Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program is a 13-month educational program that combines clinical practicum experiences, specialty rotations and didactic education to provide a well-rounded experience for newly graduated Nurse Practitioners. Our program offers an opportunity to work alongside experienced health care providers from a variety of disciplines including nursing, medicine, pharmacy, and behavioral health.

Program Structure

  • Four applicants are selected yearly
  • The program starts the Tuesday after Labor Day every September and runs for 13 months.
  • Three days per week working with experienced Advance Practice Providers or Physicians in a clinical area within the Valley Clinic dedicated to the NP residency training program. Here you will have the opportunity to manage a variety of acute and chronic conditions commonly encountered in community health.
  • The clinical curriculum is designed to build on the existing knowledge and skills of the new graduate and provides an intensive but progressive ramp-up of clinical experiences and professional responsibilities. Trainees can anticipate having dedicated preceptor support during continuity clinic, monthly meetings with an assigned mentor, and feedback designed to advance learning and build confidence.
  • Specialty Rotations: Four internal rotations conducted at various CHAS Health clinic sites include Pediatrics, Behavioral Health, Women’s Health, and Urgent Care. Four external rotations occur in conjunction with our community partner, MultiCare. These include Cardiology, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology, and Pulmonology.
  • Opportunity to select elective rotations that meet your personal learning goals and professional objectives.
  • Regularly scheduled didactics: View Didactic Schedule.
  • Small group learning sessions such as: how to perform a diabetic foot exam, microscopy, and improving medical decision making. Residents also complete training in Nexplanon insertion and receive an additional 8-hour instruction in family planning and contraceptive management known as “On Your Own Terms” training.
  • Weekly case discussions.
  • Option to participate in Project ECHO to meet personal and professional learning objectives. 
  • Each cohort completes a group Quality Improvement or Practice Improvement Project aimed at meeting organizational objectives as identified by our Health Outcomes Team (HOT). This project is led by a team of Quality Improvement Specialists and Coaches from within CHAS Health.

Resident Wellness

  • Assigned a monthly mentor to help support your mental well-being while also providing feedback on your progress.
  • Informal weekly “touch bases” with faculty preceptors.
  • Monthly journaling designed to provide time for reflection and recording of personal and professional growth over the course of the program year.
  • Participation in our monthly Balint group designed to explore and better understand the clinician-patient relationship. The group is composed of a facilitator, NP residents, and Behavioral Health Fellows and focuses on enhancing the clinician’s ability to connect with and care for the patient.

Our Facilities

You will be working in a state-of-the-art facility at the CHAS Health Valley Clinic.

Here, we have a clinical area and staff dedicated to the training of our Nurse Practitioner residents, which is unique among programs across the country.  The program is accredited through the NNPRFTC.

  • Featuring: Dedicated training room, Care Team Pod for easy collaboration with providers, Medical Assistants, Behavioral Health Providers, Clinical Pharmacists, and preceptors with an onsite pharmacy.

Clinics & Locations

CHAS Health is an innovative non-profit organization and the Inland Northwest’s largest community health center in Spokane, Washington. We have 12 primary care clinics, 9 dental clinics, two Urgent Care locations, and Behavioral Health Center that opened in June 2021. Additionally, CHAS Health now has a new mobile clinic that can bring healthcare to remote communities in the Pacific Northwest!

CHAS Health Primary Care HPSA Score - 19

This attribute represents the Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Score developed by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) in determining priorities for the assignment of clinicians. The scores range from 0 to 25 where the higher the score, the greater the priority.

As an NHSC S2S LRP participant, you must work at an NHSC-approved site with a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) score of 14 or higher. CHAS Health has a Primary Care HSPA Score of 19 as of September 2021.

Last year, we served over 99,200 patients! Visit our medical, dental, and urgent care location pages to learn more!

Our Residents

CHAS Health is looking for candidates who possess:

  • Interest in gaining experience working in a community health center setting.
  • MSN or DNP graduate from a CCNE or ACEN accredited Family Nurse Practitioner program within 24 months prior to start of program year. Please note we Do Not accept applications from Adult-Gero or Pediatrics prepared graduates.
  • Must be licensed in Washington and credentialed by program start date. The program starts the Tuesday after Labor Day every September.
  • Self-directed and enthusiastic learners who desire feedback to advance their practice.
  • Desire further learning and understanding in basic and advanced family practice care topics.

"I feel like I'm turning into the type of nurse practitioner I want to be."- Lydia Marsalli

Our Faculty & Leadership

Todd Smith, ARNP NPRC Clinical Program Director

Todd Smith, ARNP
NPRP Clinical Program Director

  • State University of New York at Cortland, BA Sociology
  • University of Rochester, BSN Nursing
  • University of Washington, MSN
Wilfred Madarang, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Wilfred “Wilkie” Madarang, MD
NPRP Lead Provider & Medical Director

  • Ateneo de Manila University, BS Psychology
  • St. Lukes College of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine
  • Penn State Hershey, Residency in Family Practice
Kathryn Garrison, ARNP

Kathryn “Kate” Garrison, ARNP
NPRP Clinical Faculty Preceptor

  • Western Washington University, BA Psychology
  • Pacific Lutheran University, RN, MSN
Marcus Baca, MD

Dr. Marcus Baca, MD
Adjunct Preceptor – Pediatrics

  • University of Denver, BS Biology
  • University of New Mexico, Medical Degree
  • University of Washington, Pediatric Residency
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Board Certified Pediatrician
Dr. Sam Keblawi

Dr. Samir Keblawi, MD
Adjunct Preceptor - Pediatrics

  • University of California, Riverside (UCR), BS/Biochemistry
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), Medical Degree
  • University of Washington General Surgery, Transitional Year
  • University of Tennessee/TC Thompson Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Residency
Tamara Brower, CNM

Tamara Brower, CNM
Adjunct Preceptor – Women’s Health

  • Gateway Community College, ADN Nursing
  • Frontier Nursing University, MSN Midwifery
  • American Midwifery Certification Board, Board Certified Nurse Midwife

Letitia McCully

Letitia McCully, PA-C
Adjunct Preceptor – Family Practice

  • UW School of Medicine – MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Training
Kayla Navarro, DO

Dr. Kayla Navarro, DO
Adjunct Preceptor – Family Practice

  • Warner Pacific College, BS Biological Science
  • Western University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest, Doctor of Osteopathy
  • Trios Health, Residency in Family Medicine
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Board Certified in Family Medicine
Lisa Berube

Lisa Berube
Clinic Administrator

  • Washington State University, BA Gender Studies
  • Eastern Washington University, MBA Health Services Administration
anthony-kaylee

Kaylee Anthony
NPRP Program Coordinator

  • Utah State University – Bachelor of Science, and Minor in Psychology

Our Application Process

Eligibility Criteria

  • Accepting graduates from Family Nurse Practitioner Programs only.
  • Graduated from FNP program in the last 24 months.
  • Licensed in the state of Washington by the start of the residency program.
  • A complete application must be sent in before the closing date.

Important Dates

  • Applications open 12/01/2021
  • Closing date 2/15/2022
  • Offers for the 2022-2023 cohort will go out on 4/8/2022
  • The program starts the Tuesday after Labor Day every September.

As an active member of the NWCAPE, our program follows a quasi-match system unique to the Pacific Northwest. This means that our application opening and closing dates as well as offer date aligns with other participating programs.

Application Requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae (upload with the application of employment)
  • Personal Statement (upload with the application of employment)
    • Discuss your vision, short and long-term goals, and what you are looking to accomplish during residency.
    • What interests you about completing a residency program at a Federally Qualified Health Center, such as CHAS Health?
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (upload with the application of employment or email to nprp@chas.org)
    • Letters of recommendation must come from each of the following individuals:
      • FNP/DNP Program Director
      • Clinical Preceptor
      • Current or previous supervisor

Application Process

  • Apply by clicking on the Apply Today button placed on this webpage when the application period is open.
  • Please submit application requirements.
  • Applicants will be notified by CHAS Health when their application is received and verified as complete. Applicants may revoke their application at any time in the process by contacting work@chas.org. After an initial review of application materials, selected applicants will be invited for interviews. 
  • After the initial interview, potential residents will be selected for a second interview and then a final interview will be conducted by CHAS Health leadership.
  • After this interview process offers will be extended.   
  • Potential Residents will be required to pass a complete background check prior to hire.
  • Applicants who are offered one of the Residency slots are expected to commit to the full appointment length (approximately 1 year). 

Applications Open December 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Testimonials

Program Graduate Testimonials

“The CHAS NP residency program was absolutely fundamental in my growth and development as a primary care provider. Through mentorship, clinical experience, specialty rotations, and didactics, I learned how to practice independently and at the top of my license. CHAS as an organization is very supportive of residents, and there are many opportunities to learn from and collaborate with pharmacists, behavioral health providers, and other clinicians within the organization that provide specialty care. You’ll work hard, but you’ll have a lot of fun, too!” - Lydia Marsalli, 2020

“The Nurse Practitioner Residency Program provided me the opportunity as a new graduate to continue to expand my skills and grow as a provider under the supervision and guidance of veteran clinicians. It allowed for a smooth transition from student to provider while building my self-confidence and providing the foundation for a successful career as a family nurse practitioner at CHAS.” – Lauren Williams, 2018

Accredited

Our program is accredited through the National Nurse Practitioner Residency & Fellowship Training Consortium. Learn more about the rigorous standards of the NNPRFTC.

Visitors to our site are encouraged to provide public comments as part of our accreditation process. Please visit the Accreditation Status and Public Comment Website.