Psychiatric NP Fellowship

The specialty of psychiatry is growing in popularity with the growing demands in this field. It has been reported and observed that psychiatric nurse practitioners enter this field along side Psychiatry Residents without the supervision and support that build confidence in safely and effectively treating this population.

The Department of Psychiatry at Upstate has developed a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship (PNPF) program that provides Nurse Practitioners of Psychiatry (NPP) the opportunity to receive advanced training in psychiatry along side the Psychiatry residents. This experience enhances inter professional collaboration, as well as the necessary support of senior staff to build a solid foundation in efficiency and safety as a psychiatric provider.

A certification is awarded as a mark of recognition for excellent and extensive training.

The fellowship at Upstate Medical University provides one year of advanced intensive training in psychiatric care for nurse practitioners, followed by two years of employment at Upstate, with the option to work towards a doctoral degree and receive a stipend and tuition reimbursement. Fellowship training is provided by outstanding faculty in collaboration with the College of Nursing and the College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, ranked by US News and World Report within the top third of Psychiatry departments in the country.

Curriculum and Didactics:

Using an interdisciplinary approach, Fellows receive didactic instruction in the classroom combined with closely supervised hands-on experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In 2018 there will be a pediatric component added to support the growing need in pediatric psychiatry. Fellows work closely with other multidisciplinary team including, but not limited to: psychiatry attendings, psychiatry residents, senior PNPF, social workers and nursing staff, . By the end of the fellowship, graduates will be able to confidently and competently manage a diverse array of mental disorders and presentations.

Application Process:

Applications to the Psychiatric NP Fellowship Program are accepted from September 1, 2018 through January 1, 2019 for the 2019-20 Program Year (7/1/19 – 6/30/20). To apply, email your CV and letter of intent, along with 3 letters of reference. One letter of reference must be from an individual that has supervised employment and can attest to versitility and interpersonal abilities. E-mail the above to Ann Marie Arezzo, FPMHNP-BC, Fellowship Co-Director (

Salary, Benefits, and Expectations:

The Upstate fellowship is a 3-year contract. This contract includes 1 year of intensive fellowship training, followed by two years of employment at Upstate Medical University. Fellows must be enrolled in, and anticipating graduation from an accredited Psychiatric NP program that provides eligibility for FPMHNP board certification. Family practice NPs are not eligible for this program without the above degree. Candidate must graduate prior to the beginning of the July st program start date. Board certification of FPMHNP, is encouraged to be completed prior to program entry, though it is required by Upstate Hospital within 6 months of hire.

During the remaining two years, graduated fellows will receive a competitive salary, have on-going training and collaboration opportunities, and also have the option to pursue a doctoral degree at Upstate’s College of Nursing, receive 80% tuition reimbursement and generous grant stipend through the college of nursing.

Minimum annual salaries are $79,000+ for year one. 

Program Directors:

Ann Arezzo, FPMHNP-BC
Thomas Schwartz, MD
Co-Director and Interim Chair