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Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship

This is a 12-month program consisting of approximately 25% operative time and 75% patient management – largely inpatient management and some clinic. The goal of this fellowship is to allow the APP fellow to obtain skills in managing patients pre, intra, and post operatively with time managing inpatients, outpatients, and operative patients. Each rotation or block will be approximately 4 weeks, during which time the fellow will gain first assist skills performing cases in General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Urology, and others. Approximately 6 to 8 days per month will be operative at UNM Hospital and Sandoval Regional Medical Center facilities. The inpatient rotations will change each month, however you will be doing the same types of cases throughout the year to build on your surgical skills.


The fellow will spend 4 week blocks on an inpatient service managing inpatients with some outpatient clinic time. Rotations will include:

  • Elective general surgery
  • Emergency general surgery
  • Trauma
  • Burns/Plastics
  • Trauma/surgical ICU
  • Night float
  • Vascular surgery
  • Surgical oncology
  • Elective rotation (which can be a repeated rotation if desired)

Other possible rotations: Family medicine, Emergency medicine

Didactics will include lectures from faculty and service conferences with presentations. Ancillary lectures from pharmacy and radiology may be available. Fellow will participate in journal club and present at service conferences.

UNM Stats

  • Level 1 Trauma Center (only one in NM)
  • NCI National Comprehensive Cancer Center
    • 93,000 ED visits
    • 7,000 trauma cases
    • 18,000 surgeries
    • 491,000 outpatient visits

Eligibility/Preferred Qualifications

Must be licensed and have graduated from an accredited Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner program. Must be eligible for CSR/DEA licensure. Must be licensed provider by matriculation date. You must have BLS or obtain within 30 days of hire. You must have ACLS or obtain as soon as possible from hire date.


Applicant must complete the UNM jobs application. If you're considered for the program, an official application packet will be emailed to you, which must be completed in its entirety and submitted as one email within 30 days of being sent. The packet will require three professional letters of recommendation (specifications apply, see packet instructions).


Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. Once application packet received by candidate, full application packet due within 30 days. Matriculation depends on timing of interviews and licensing and credentialing.


Fellow will receive a stipend of $61,000-$94,500, depending on experience to be determined by HR as well as vacation (2 weeks) and sick leave. Vacation must be requested and approved by the director or co-director. Holidays paid, with the expectation of working some holidays. Healthcare benefits also offered. Expectations are approximately 60 hours per week. Beyond the 12-month fellowship, there is no guarantee of employment nor are graduates required to commit to positions at UNMH.

Contact Information

Director: Leah LaRusch PA-C,

Medical director: Charles Dietl MD,