Advanced Practice Provider (NP/PA) Fellowship – Psycho-Oncology

Job Locations USA-NY-New York
Posted Date 6 months ago(2/15/2022 9:29 AM)
Requisition ID
Advanced Practice Provider

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*Staff working at a MSK New Jersey location must be up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, which includes having completed the primary COVID-19 vaccination series and booster once eligible as mandated by New Jersey State. All New Jersey staff not yet eligible for a booster must receive a booster within 3 weeks of becoming eligible as a condition of continued employment at MSK.  


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Job Description

Advanced Practice Provider (NP/PA) Fellowship – Psycho-Oncology


The MSK APP Fellowship Background

The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s (MSK) Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship program provides Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants the opportunity to train at one of the top cancer centers in the United States. This Fellowship Program began over 40 years ago in Hospice and Palliative Care with one APP Fellow and now accepts over fifteen APP Fellows in six distinct disciplines. The Fellows are mentored by an interdisciplinary team of experienced oncology clinicians serving patients from around the world.


The MSK APP Fellowship Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide an oncology-intensive postgraduate academic program for the APP that promotes collaborative, high-quality, evidence-based, and compassionate patient-centered care to a diverse patient population in alignment with the institutional mission of MSK. The MSK APP Fellow will participate in clinical skills practicums, research, didactic learning, and clinical rotations on medical and surgical oncology and consultative services. Upon graduation from the Fellowship, the APP will be proficient in the delivery of exceptional comprehensive care of the oncology patient.


Advanced Practice Provider (NP/PA) Fellowship – Psycho-Oncology

The goal of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Advanced Practice Provider Psycho-Oncology fellowship is to promote comprehensive, patient-specific care for the psychiatry patients in the adult oncology population. The APP fellow will train in psycho-oncology practices through an educational context and autonomously manage psychosocial and psychiatric issues in complex medical oncology patients.  The goal of this fellowship is to provide comprehensive training throughout the medical oncology practices and the associated interdisciplinary teams to instill a competent APP in this specialty area.


The program consists of rotations in the inpatient and outpatient Psycho-Oncology, Supportive Care, and Geriatric services at MSK, and a specialty rotation with VNSNY for Hospice and Palliative Care.  APP fellows have synchronous and asynchronous weekly didactic education, present case studies, participation in multiple conferences, and complete a quality improvement project.  Mentors for the APP fellows will include the fellowship co-directors and clinical site coordinators, experienced oncology APPs, pharmacists, pathologists, and attending physicians.  This will allow for a comprehensive educational experience for the APP training in medical oncology with a psycho-oncology focus. 


Clinical Fellow responsibilities will include:

  • Obtaining patient health histories
  • Performing comprehensive physical assessments
  • Recommending and analyzing laboratory and diagnostic studies
  • Responding to behavioral emergencies in the inpatient setting as part of a behavioral rapid response team
  • Formulating and implementing treatment plans
  • Coordinating patient care
  • Evaluating the patient’s response to treatment plans


Start Date

September 2022


Length of Program
12 months


Annual Stipend



# of Positions Available

2 per year


Eligibility & Requirements

You are a highly motivated critical thinker with a strong desire to care for a diverse adult population. You are interested in utilizing comprehensive physical assessments and research to improve outcomes for cancer patients. You are empathetic, resourceful, communicate well, and enjoy working inter-professionally.  You are flexible in your approach and demeanor, to align with the shifting demands of evolving circumstances.  You are effective at forging therapeutic relationships with patients and constructive relationships with co-workers.  You can work effectively in a sometimes-complicated environment, and able to take initiative.

You are seeking a fellowship position in an environment that fosters mutual respect, leadership, ethical decision-making, critical thinking, and problem-solving.


Applicants must be trained at the master’s level as an:


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner

Physician Assistant


All applicants must:

  • Have current New York State RN and NP licenses, or PA license and appropriate NP/PA board certification
  • Be graduates of an accredited Nursing, Nurse Practitioner, and/or Physician Assistant program in the United States



Please submit all required documents as one pdf document via the resume upload link

  • curriculum vitae
  • a personal statement
  • three letters of recommendation


Personal statement: The personal statement offers you an opportunity to discuss the talents, experiences, and goals that qualify you as a unique APP Fellowship candidate. We are seeking evidence of your qualifications and aptitude as well as your ability to communicate clearly and professionally. Personal statements should be no more than 500 words, typed, and double spaced using 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font.


Letters of recommendation should be addressed to:

Nicole N Zakak, MS, RN, CPNP

Director, APP Quality and Professional Development


Letters of recommendation should be from the following sources:

  • Peer/Colleague
  • Current or prior work supervisor
  • Advanced Practice Clinical Instructor, Faculty, Program Director, or Preceptor

Important Dates

February 15 – application opens

April 1 – application deadline

May 1 – interview decisions

June 1 – acceptance notifications


Program Directors


Kelly Haviland PhD, FNP- BC


Nicole Zakak, MS, RN, CPNP, CPHON

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