More Nurse Practitioners Are Pursuing Residency Training To Hone Skills

Unlike the three-year residency programs that doctors must generally complete after medical school in order to practice medicine, nurse practitioner residency programs, sometimes called fellowships, are completely voluntary.

Proponents of postgraduate residencies say the extra clinical training boosts expertise in dealing with complex medical cases. But some nurse practitioner groups see the programs as unnecessary.

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