Continuity clinics, didactic sessions, specialty rotations and more.
Meet our residency faculty and leadership.
Applications for 2023 – 2024 will close on February 18, 2023.
The mission of the Family Nurse Practitioner Residency is to prepare nurse practitioners to provide outstanding primary health care services in medically underserved communities. Our NYC-based residency program leverages the strengths of advance practice nursing and the community health center model of care to provide a comprehensive and effective training experience in an urban environment.
The residency is interdisciplinary in its approach to providing team-based care for diverse patient populations and offers residents the opportunity to prepare for leadership positions within health care and public health.
The Family Nurse Practitioner Residency is sponsored by the Institute for Family Health, a not-for-profit federally qualified health center in New York, in collaboration with Mercy College.
The Family Nurse Practitioner Residency is a one-year salaried program based in the Bronx that provides intensive training in interdisciplinary care for underserved populations, as well as continuing education activities. The program includes precepted and independent continuity patient care sessions, specialty rotations, and didactic learning.
Continuity clinics are the cornerstone of the FNP residency program. Based at the Institute’s Bronx health centers, continuity clinics will comprise 60% of a resident’s time and allow the resident to develop their own panel of patients. The continuity clinics include:
Residents will spend 20% of their time in specialty rotations at the Institute and at partner organizations’ clinical sites. These rotations include but are not limited to:
CenteringPregnancy® and CenteringParenting®:
Residents will participate in group medical visits following the CenteringPregnancy and CenteringParenting model. Residents will:
Residents will attend weekly didactics held with the Harlem Residency in Family Medicine and Mount Sinai Downtown Residency in Urban Family Medicine. Family nurse practitioners, family medicine physicians, physician specialists, dentists and behavioral health faculty members present lectures on the following topics:
Our interdisciplinary training model provides intensive clinical practice for our residents through our integrated primary care, mental health, dental care and social services. The program’s continuity care sessions consist of interdisciplinary care with the following providers:
In addition to these providers, please read more about the residency’s dynamic leadership team below.
Margaret Walsh, RN, FNP-BC
Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Residency
Primary Care Provider for Walton Family Health Center, The Institute for Family Health
Margaret Walsh is the director of the Institute’s Family Nurse Practitioner Residency. Since 1994, she has provided primary care at the Institute’s Walton Family Health Center in the Bronx, where she still maintains an active patient panel. She has been responsible for the development of interdisciplinary models of care at the Institute, including several curricula for group medical visits that have been expanded throughout the Institute, such as diabetes shared medical visits in both English and Spanish. FNP Walsh has also been a champion of the CenteringPregnancy® and CenteringParenting® programs at the Institute and works very closely with both programs.
FNP Walsh attended the State University of New York at Buffalo for her Master of Science. She then attended Columbia University for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. In the spring of 2018, FNP Walsh received the ‘Distinguished Alumni Award’ from the Columbia University School of Nursing. She has presented at various professional conferences across the nation, including STFM (Society of Teachers in Family Medicine) and at NONPF (National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculty).
Yvonne Eisner, RN, FNP-BC
Senior Clinical Advisor, Family Nurse Practitioner Residency
Co-Regional Director for Clinical Services in the Bronx, The Institute for Family Health
Clinical Director for Walton Family Health Center, The Institute for Family Health
Yvonne Eisner is one of the Institute’s founders, and currently serves as clinical director of Walton Family Health Center in the Bronx. In this role, FNP Eisner is responsible for providing leadership in the areas of clinical quality assurance, personnel development, equipment and supply acquisition, and facility development. She also serves as co-regional director for the Institute’s four health centers in the Bronx.
FNP Eisner has a professional interest in the development of the family physician/nurse practitioner team model at practice sites. In 1996, FNP Eisner was one of 10 advanced practice nurses nationally who received the first Pfizer/APNSCAN Award for Exceptional Contributions to Health Care. The award honors her achievements in bringing advanced practice nursing into the forefront of health care in many of New York City’s most underserved communities.
FNP Eisner holds a Master of Science from the Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing, where she formerly served on the clinical faculty. She also holds a BA degree in physiology from Cornell University.
Alba Pumarol, MD
Core Preceptor, Family Nurse Practitioner Residency
Medical Director for Stevenson Family Health Center, The Institute for Family Health
As the medical director and a practicing primary care provider at the Institute’s Stevenson Family Health Center, Alba Pumarol is responsible for oversight of health center operations in the highly-underserved Soundview neighborhood in the Bronx. She has served as the center’s medical director since the Institute opened the location in 2012.
Dr. Pumarol completed her residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. Her interests, including women’s health, contraception, prenatal care, adolescent and pediatric care, diabetes and preventive medicine, have been invaluable in her work at the Stevenson center, a bustling urban community health center that provides care to about 10,000 diverse individuals annually.
Robert “Red” Schiller, MD
Senior Educational Advisor, Family Nurse Practitioner Residency
Senior Vice President, Clinical Affairs, The Institute for Family Health
Chair, Graduate Medical Education, The Institute for Family Health
Vice Chair and Associate Professor, Alfred and Gail Engelberg Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Robert (Red) Schiller is the Institute’s senior vice president for clinical affairs and chief medical officer. Dr. Schiller, who joined the Institute in 1987, oversees clinical affairs and graduate medical education across the Institute’s network of practices. Dr. Schiller is a practicing family physician certified by the American Board of Family Practice. In addition to his activities at the Institute for Family Health, Dr. Schiller is vice chair of the Alfred and Gail Engelberg Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/Mount Sinai Hospital.
Dr. Schiller attended New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency and a one-year fellowship in family medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. He has a professional interest in homeopathy, acupuncture, and other alternative therapies that complement conventional medical care, as well as a strong interest in the integration of alternative medicine into primary care training. Dr. Schiller is the recipient of several awards including the Park-Davis Award for Teaching Medicine.
Kathryn Tanner, RN, FNP-BC
Associate Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Residency
Primary Care Provider for Walton Family Health Center, The Institute for Family Health
Kathryn Tanner has dedicated her career to working with underserved populations and Spanish-speaking communities in collaborative environments. She currently provides primary care at the Institute’s Walton Family Health Center, where she cares for people of all ages from all walks of life. She is highly-skilled in the Institute’s EHR system and other forms of health information technology, which help to assure high-quality health care for patients. FNP Tanner’s professional interests include nutrition and urban farming; and maternal health.
FNP Tanner completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing at Columbia University and began her career at the Institute for Family Health as an RN in the Health Care for the Homeless program.
The salary for our family nurse practitioner residents is comparable to similar nurse practitioner training programs in the country.
Applications for the 2023 – 2024 cohort will open November 7th, 2022 and will close February 18th, 2022. Download the 2023-2024 application here.
Interviews will be conducted February – March.
Offers will be extended at the beginning of April.
The program will start in September 2023.
If you would like to learn more about our program and the application process, we will have a live Q&A over Zoom on January 12, 2023. If you are interested in joining this event, please email Mars Dansky at email@example.com for instructions on how to RSVP.
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