Advanced Practice Providers Fellowship Program

The Duke Neurology Advanced Practice Provider Program is a one-year post-graduate fellowship for licensed nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA).

Graduates of an accredited NP or PA program are eligible. Fellows will be educated in general neurological principals and be capable of working in a general or subspecialty neurology practice upon completion. There will be experience in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Our graduates are highly marketable as the need for these specialty-trained practitioners is substantial.

Program oversight

Joel Morgenlander, MD; Program Director. Professor of Neurology and Orthopedic Surgery.   

Dr. Morgenlander directed the residency program at Duke Neurology for 20 years. He also has extensive experience nationally in organizing residency and fellowship training, working with organizations such as the American Academy of Neurology, Association of University Professors of Neurology and the ACGME.

Lesli Simers, NP: Associate Program Director.  Ms. Simers is a provider within the General Neurology outpatient clinic. She specialized in General Neurology and treatment of spasticity.

Robert Blessing, ACNP, DNP: Assistant Program Director. Mr. Blessing serves as the consulting Associate Professor for the ACNP program in the Duke Nursing School and has experience in developing national and international advanced practice programs.

Program Outline

Fellows will begin their APP fellowship by attending the same core lectures as the Duke Neurology physician residents which review all common topics in neurology including neurological emergencies. Dr. Morgenlander will review the neurological examination in detail with our APP fellows and then observe them evaluating each other and patients.


Didactics during the fellowship include:

  •     Weekly Neurology Grand Rounds (Category 1 CME)
  •     Neurology Residency Noon Conference: Overview of neurological disorders and treatments
  •     Interesting Case Conference: Clinical review of cases
  •     Subspecialty conferences as available
  •     Weekly meeting with either Dr. Morgenlander or Ms. Simers to review common neurological diagnostics, professionalism, or other practice-related issues.

Program Rotations

Fellows will have month-long rotations with neurology faculty and APPs in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Sufficient clinical volume exists in our Duke Neurology programs to support physician and APP Neurology fellowship programs. Rotations will include time with the following services:

  • General Neurology
  • Headache
  • Movement disorders
  • Memory disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology
  • Epilepsy
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Inpatient General Neurology
  • Inpatient Stroke
  • Inpatient Consultative Neurology
  • Neurological testing: including electromyography and nerve conduction study, electroencephalography, sleep studies and neurovascular are included in rotations.
  • Elective


Each rotation will have goals and objectives followed by an evaluation. Program directors will meet with the resident to review evaluations, clinical progress, and for career planning quarterly.

Program Benefits

  • Salary equivalent to a PGY1 intern salary at Duke   
  • 3 weeks of vacation
  • 1 week equivalent for interviews or for CME
  • Malpractice covered
  • Residency appropriate textbooks and access to Continuum

How to Apply

To be eligible for the Duke Neurology APP fellowship program, applicants must

  • Have graduated from an accredited NP or PA program
  • Have national board certification as a NP or PA
  • Be eligible for licensure as a NP or PA in North Carolina
  • Have a DEA number

The program is recruiting APPs who would be willing to relocate to the Triangle area for future employment in a Duke Neurology related practice. Duke offers competitive salaries. The program will accept 2 APP fellows each year who begin the program in the summer or immediately after graduation. We will accept new graduates as well as experienced APPs.

To apply, submit the following documents to Joel Morgenlander:

  • Completed application form (download below)
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one from a supervising physician
  • One page statement of interest in postgraduate training in neurology


Joel Morgenlander, MD
Professor of Neurology and Orthopaedic Surgery
Duke Department of Neurology
3394 DUMC, Durham, NC 27710

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