Our Fellowship

Esperanza Health Centers' Advanced Practice Provider Postgraduate Primary Care Fellowship  is a full-time, 12-month salaried position with a one-year employment commitment after completion of the program. The program includes precepted primary care sessions, specialty rotations, mentored independent clinics, interprofessional didactic sessions with physician residents, and a quality improvement project. Our goal is to train motivated Advanced Practice Providers to deliver high quality, team-based care in the clinically and socially complex setting of community health centers.

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Program structure

The program has 4 pillars: precepted clinic, mentored clinic, specialty rotations, and didactics.


  • Precepted clinic is 2 days each week where the fellows develop their panel of patients under the guidance of an expert primary care provider.
  • Mentored clinic is where fellows see patients in tandem with an expert primary provider to get 1-on-1 mentorship while seeing acute and chronic visits.
  • Didactics are weekly sessions with Rush-Esperanza Family Medicine Residents covering the breadth of complex clinical challenges encountered in FQHCs.
  • Specialty rotations vary from month to month and may include: pediatrics, orthopedics, geriatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, and midwifery, HIV care, medication assisted treatment, and behavioral health. 


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Program goals


  • Increase access to high quality primary care for urban underserved communities by training Advanced Practice providers in a Federally Qualified Health Center-based fellowship
  • Increase the number of Advanced Practice providers ready to serve as leaders in community health settings,
  • improve clinical skills, confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new Advanced Practice providers
  • Improve the integration of behavioral and maternal health into primary care by training new advanced practice providers to maximize interprofessional team-based care


Why Esperanza?

  • We are one of the best FQHCs in the country and top 2 in Illinois. Learn from primary care masters. 
  • Esperanza is committed to elevating Advanced Practice Providers at each stage of their development through leadership and learning opportunities. 
  • Partner with Rush-Esperanza Family Medicine Residents to deliver team based care in a genuinely collaborative environment.
  • Live in an amazing, diverse, vibrant city with amazing food and entertainment.
  • Receive fellowship salary, benefits, continuing medical education allowance and paid time-off.


    How to apply


    • Applications for 2023-2024 are now closed.  Applications for the 2024-2025 Fellowship year will be open early 2024.
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    • We encourage students from diverse backgrounds to apply
    • Spanish proficiency desired
    • Individuals from underrepresented populations, different cultural and religious backgrounds, and those identifying as LGBTQIA are welcomed, supported, and valued
    • All applications will be reviewed holistically


    About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    A key component of our training program is to reduce health inequities and to provide culturally responsive care to a primarily Latinx patient population. A major piece of this plan is to prioritize training Advanced Practice Providers whose background and demographics match the patient population that we serve