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Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

The Department of Nursing Professional Staff Development at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center offers board certified Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) in Adult Gerontology or Family Practice a twelve-month residency in Primary Care in community partnership with The University of Texas Health Science Center Cizik School of Nursing.

This one-year NP residency is available to 3 selected applicants annually. Residents will enjoy a full-time schedule while completing 2080 hours of 1:1 mentoring with Primary Care Providers in the Primary Care outpatient setting.

 In addition, collaborative, interprofessional practice opportunities will occur in the ER, Cardiology, Pulmonary, Dermatology, Women’s Health, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Rheumatology, Vascular, Home-Based Primary Care and Chronic Long-term care (CLC) departments.  

Residents will be in clinic 32-hours per week with a patient caseload and have 8 hours to dedicate to a robust didactic curriculum. 

This is a funded position though the Veterans Affairs Nursing Office of Academic Affiliations and includes vacation, sick leave, health care and dental care benefits. 


The overall mission of this program is to provide a 12-month intensive training program specifically designed to provide a robust post graduate training experience using Veteran-centric clinical and didactic learning experiences to increase competence and confidence in NP practice. The MEDVAMC PC-NPR training program will support learners to work in and lead interprofessional teams delivering quality, patient centered, team-based care to our nation’s Veterans. 


Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: Advance NP residents’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes in an environment that promotes the analysis of clinical situations, self-reflection, and opportunities for continuous improvement. 

Systems-Based Practice: Establish and maintain a clinical learning environment that supports NP residents to develop patient care plans that mobilize resources, engage interprofessional teams, and work effectively across the healthcare system. 

Personal and Professional Development: Facilitate NP resident leadership roles on interprofessional care teams and in a collaborative learning environment. Provide an environment that encourages professional development as a nurse practitioner. 

Curriculum/Resident Experience

NP Residents will spend 80% of their time in the program immersed in experiential activities and 20% of their time increasing their veteran healthcare knowledge through didactic activities. 

  1. Experiential activities/Clinical Rotations: The NP residents will typically engage in 32 hours of clinical experience per week. Clinical experiences will be assigned by the residency director and coordinator.  Clinical experiences will be determined, to the greatest extent, based upon individual learning needs of the residents, preferences for clinical rotations and professional interest, and space availability in addition to availability of preceptors within the VA facility.  

    Each resident will participate in specialty clinical rotations over the course of the year, in addition to the core experience in primary care.  The clinical rotations will be completed under the guidance of highly qualified preceptors. They will be able to focus on comprehensive veteran health care and service era-based needs of Veterans. Additionally, they will experience interprofessional/interdisciplinary management which will allow them to enhance care and resourcefully utilize institutional and community resources to assist and support the veteran and their caregivers and/or family members.

  2. Residents will attend regular didactic sessions. Didactic sessions consist of a variety of academic/learning activities, didactic classes, simulation, and pre/post-clinical conferences for experiential learning and evaluation. 


  • Monday thru Friday work schedule
  • 11 paid holidays
  • 13 paid sick days
  • 13 vacation days
  • Full insurance coverage
    • Health
    • Vision
    • Dental
  • Salary of $91,929

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center serves as the primary health care provider for more than 151,000 Veterans in southeast Texas. 

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The applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen and meet physical examination qualifications for employment
  • Have graduated with a masters in nursing from an accredited institution by the start of the program
  • Posses an active, non-restricted license prior to the start of the program (90 day waiver is given to highly qualified applicants)
  • Have no prior work experience as a licensed Nurse Practitioner

How to Apply and More Information

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024-2025 academic year. We will begin accepting applications for 2025-2026 academic year around February 2025.

Points of Contact:

Dema Abdelmajid MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency Program Director
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd
Houston, Tx 77030

Elsa Gates MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency Program Coordinator
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd
Houston, Tx 77030