Nurse practitioner Benjamin Spencer, FNP-BC, of Sherman recently graduated from North Mississippi Medical Center’s Advanced Practice Clinician Fellowship. Spencer earned an associate degree in nursing from Bevill State Community College in Hamilton, Alabama, in 2014 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus in 2016.
He completed a master’s degree in nursing and his family nurse practitioner training at MUW in 2019. Spencer now works with NMMC’s Hospitalist Services, serving on the COVID-19 unit. He previously worked four years on NMMC’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit and one year for Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford on the cardiac and medical-surg units. NMMC’s 12-month fellowship program bridges a newly licensed and certified nurse practitioner from the academic setting to the private health care delivery system.
Each Fellow completes a series of clinical rotations and didactic sessions to further prepare for direct patient care. Clinical rotations may include cardiovascular, diabetes, rheumatology, neurology, pain management, infectious disease, mental health and primary care. Didactic sessions include tobacco cessation, Department of Transportation physical exam, rural trauma, Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, Merit-based Incentive Payment System, and advanced diagnostics and pharmacology.
Fellows also undergo leadership and communication training that includes Crucial Conversations, Five Choices and Seven Habits of Effective Leaders. The NMMC Advanced Practice Clinician Fellowship is accredited by the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium.
For more information, visit www.nmhs.net/advanced-practice-clinician-fellowship, or call (662) 377-3270 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375)