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Innovative Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program Launched at Highland Family Medicine

The University of Rochester Family Medicine Residency Program and Highland Family Medicine (HFM) offers a unique opportunity for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) graduates. The Nurse Practitioner Residency program at HFM provides FNP graduates with the training required to meet the needs of culturally diverse and clinically complex patients.

NP residents are exposed to innovative models of primary care that are rooted in evidence-based principles of integrated medical and behavioral healthcare. This 12-month NP residency program provides FNPs interested in working in primary care with a number of advantages. In addition to the paid, full-time residency position, NP residents will develop clinical confidence required for comprehensive primary care as well as outcome-driven skills to care for high-risk patients, and become prepared for advanced leadership positions.

Photo of Lynn Massaro NP.Lynne Massaro, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FNP

The NP Residency has four key components including continuity clinics, specialty rotations, mentored clinics, and interprofessional education sessions. The NP residents will work as part of the health care team and develop their own patient panel. In addition, the shadowing experiences offer opportunities to learn from community specialty providers. The interprofessional education (IPE) sessions will take place at HFM and will include hands-on learning sessions with the Family Medicine Residents.

“We know of no other program in the United States offering this true integration of NPs and other medical professionals training in the same setting,” said Lynne Massaro, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FNP, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, University of Rochester School of Nursing, who directs the program. “IPE training sessions are focused on a variety of complex clinical challenges within the primary care setting and emphasize team-based care and practice efficiency with attention toward ongoing healthcare reform.” For more information contact Massaro at


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