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Hudson Headwaters is committed to training the next generation of health care providers to care for our communities into the future. Our providers and staff work with students by facilitating experiences essential to their clinical education, while simultaneously serving as mentors to support their professional development.

Advanced Practice Clinician Postgraduate Residency Program in Integrated Primary Health Care

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the “Hudson Headwaters Advanced Practice Clinician Residency Program in Integrated Primary Health Care.”  With the development of this residency, Hudson Headwaters has joined the growing number of health care institutions across the country that are developing advanced training programs for recently graduated FNPs and PAs.  The demands of full-scope family practice can be overwhelming for recent graduates.  The residency program will provide a structured education experience with both mentored and precepted clinics for two residents starting in September 2020.  This twelve-month program is structured to increase APC clinical competence and confidence. If you are seeking to pursue additional training as an advanced practice clinician, please complete our Advanced Practice Clinician Residency Program Application. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022.

CVPH Family Medicine Residency Program

Now in its third year, Family Medicine residents from the CVPH Family Medicine Residency have their continuity practices at Champlain Family Health. With the addition of two first-year residents, Champlain Family Health is now the home health center for a total of 6 CVPH residents, representing 1/3 of the 18 CVPH residents. Over the course of their 3-year residency, each of the residents performs more than 1,650 patient encounters, supervised and precepted by Champlain Family Health attending family physicians under the direction of Candice Ciolac, MD. Reviews of the experience by both residents and attendings have been excellent. The current residents are:

Medical Students

For more than 20 years, under the direction of Dr. Frances Bollinger, Hudson Headwaters has been working with Albany Medical College to educate third-year medical students in outpatient internal medicine. Three students at a time are placed here for a two-week rotation.

In addition, Hudson Headwaters has hosted 4th-year medical students from different medical schools for a 1-month elective rotation in rural medicine.

Pharmacy Students

Four student pharmacists in their 6th year of pharmacy school at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, part of Union University, will be graduating with their Doctor of Pharmacy degree in May 2021. They each will complete a 6-week, advanced practice pharmacy rotation under the supervision of Ryan Armstrong, Pharm.D, Clinical Pharmacist; Kate Shmulsky, Pharm.D, Director Population Health Programs and Quality; and our population health team. The students work with on targeted population health projects including medication therapy management, patient outreach and pharmacy consults, and help to serve as a resource for our Population Health department.

Nursing Students

Nursing student rotations are currently through either the SUNY Plattsburgh RN to BSN program or the WSWHE BOCES LPN Program. The RN program is a 40-hour clinical rotation ending in a project based on their experiences. The LPN program pairs students with health center LPNs. Both programs serve as a way for nursing students to get a sense of the work environment.

Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Student Rotations
Hudson Headwaters has a long history of providing clinical rotations for APC students. Demand for these rotations increased dramatically in the last several years, necessitating a more formal application process that prioritizes employees, their families, and local students. During the calendar year 2019, we placed six students providing about 1,140 hours of precepted clinical time. Click here to apply.

Shadow or Observation Experience
In the current health care environment, we need to balance the value of having local learners get a first-hand clinical experience with the potential exposure to unexpected illness and impactful clinical situations. For this reason, we no longer allow shadow experiences for individuals under 16, Students and people seeking shadow experience must be completely COVID vaccinated and provide documentation.

Student and Training Applications

  • Medical Student Tuition Assistant Program

    Bringing the next generation of quality physicians, dedicated to the Network’s mission & vision, to serve & live in our communities by providing tuition assistance to qualified 3rd & 4th year medical students who are passionate about primary care.

Email completed Medical Tuition Assistance Program application to Jennifer Leszyk at