Greensboro AHEC and Cone Health Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship Program Launching with 2020-21 Inaugural Class

The new program started Dec. 7 with primary care site training in four counties in the Greensboro AHEC service region.

GREENSBORO ­­— Committed to training and retaining an advanced practice provider (APP) workforce that meets the primary care needs of the patients and communities we serve, including rural and underserved areas, Greensboro Area Health Education Center (Greensboro AHEC) and Cone Health are pleased to announce the launch of our new community-based APP Fellowship Program and inaugural class, which started Dec. 7.  

APP Fellows

The APP Fellowship Class of 2020-21 includes, clockwise from top left, nurse practitioners Amy Stephens, MSN, APRN, FNP-C; Jessica Asaro, FNP; SaraBeth Early, DNP, APRN, AGNP-C; and Onyeje Ijaola, MSN, FNP-BC.

“APP fellowships are quickly growing as a means to train and retain nurse practitioners and physician assistants,” says Hugh H. Tilson, Jr., JD, MPH, director of the statewide NC AHEC Program. “NC AHEC is pleased to support this fellowship because of its benefits to our healthcare workforce in North Carolina, particularly in rural and underserved areas.”  

The 12-month immersive educational experience includes direct care in the clinic setting, select specialty rotations to enhance primary-care knowledge, continuing education through didactics and other methods, peer support, and mentoring.  

“It is our privilege and honor to foster the ongoing growth and development of the next generation of advanced practice providers with the launch of our Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship in Primary Care program,” says Dereck DeLeon, MD, chief academic officer of Cone Health.      

Fellows and primary care placements for 2020-21 are:

“What a great opportunity for new graduates to jump into primary care and have hands-on autonomous patient care with a team of experienced providers,” says Jade Breeback, physician assistant with Cone Health Primary Care & Sports Medicine at MedCenter Kernersville. “This year of fellowship will produce APPs who can be more confident in the excellence of the care they provide.“ 

For more information about the APP Fellowship Program, please contact Greensboro AHEC Graduate Medical Education Administrator Katina Blackwell Mitchell at

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