Mini-Fellowships for Primary Care Providers

The Alameda County Specialty Care Task Force


What is the mini-fellowship program?

The mini-fellowship program is a unique opportunity that offers primary care providers at Community Health Center Network and Alameda Health Systems (AHS, formerly known as Alameda Medical Center) health centers the opportunity to shadow Alameda Health Systems specialists.  Goals of the program are to enhance the scope of practice in the primary care home and familiarize primary care providers with specialty care.

Primary care providers can choose between the following specialties*:

  • Rheumatology
  • Dermatology
  • Neurology
  • Pain Clinic
  • Urology
  • Podiatry
  • Orthopedics (requires ACMC credential which can take up to 90 days)

PCPs complete a total of six half-day sessions with the specialist.  The primary care provider’s clinic is reimbursed $300 per half-day session (up to 6 sessions, or $1,800) for time while the PCP is in the fellowship.

How do I sign-up for a program?

Those interested in a mini-fellowship should consult first with their medical director and/or clinic manager.



Upon approval, those interested should email Saleena Gupte at and indicate the specialty of interest. Saleena will provide providers with details for signing up.  Mini-fellowships are offered at a first-come, first served basis for completion of documentation.

What information is needed to sign-up for a mini-fellowship?

Upon expressing interest in the program, primary care providers must submit the following information.  Scheduling a mini-fellowship will occur on a first-come, first-serve basis for those having submitted the following information:

  • Completed Electronic Volunteer Form*
  • Immunization record, showing Titers or vaccine record of:
    • MMR
    • Varicella
    • Hep B
    • Tdap
    • Current Seasonal Flu
    • PPD from this year (must be current, 12-months from finish date of fellowship)
    • Respirator (Mask) Fit Test (must be current, 12-months from finish date of fellowship)

After this information has been received, we will work with Alameda Health Systems to schedule a health clearance appointment and mini-fellowship schedule with the specialist.

Providers will be given directions to the specialty care clinic and provide assistance in obtaining a volunteer badge. 

       *Please contact Saleena Gupte to obtain this form.


How long is the mini-fellowship program?

The program length can be up to 6 sessions.  Participants can schedule fewer sessions as well, (e.g. 2 – 5 sessions).

I am interested, but having difficulty receiving leave as my clinic is currently busy. Can I sign-up next Fall?

The mini-fellowship program is funded through a grant from Kaiser Permanente, which ends in December 2013.  All participants must be complete with their mini-fellowships at this time.  It is uncertain whether or not this program will continue.  To participate in the program, clinics must approve all mini-fellowship requests.  Please consult your medical director and/or clinic manager.  You can speak with your supervisor to explore the option of using vacation time to participate.  Please note: you need not participate in the full six sessions, you may participate in less if that works best for you and your clinic’s schedule.

When are the various specialty clinics open?

Below is the schedule of the specialty care clinics.  Please note that mini-fellowships may not be offered during all of these times.  You will work with ACMC to schedule a time that works for both you and the specialist.

  • Dermatology: Monday AM; Thursday AM
  • Neurology: Monday PM
  • Orthopedics: Tuesday AM/PM; Thursday AM/PM; Friday AM
  • Pain: Tuesday AM/PM; Wednesday AM/PM; Friday AM/PM
  • Podiatry: AM/PM; Wednesday AM/PM; Friday AM (2nd and 4th only)
  • Rheumatology: Tuesday AM; Friday PM
  • Urology: Wednesday AM/PM; Friday AM (2nd only)

What are the benefits to the clinic?

Mini-fellowships are intended to expand the scope-of-work of the primary care provider to reduce specialty care referrals.  Clinics will receive payment for time lost at the completion of the program.


Are CMEs available for this program?

At this time, CMEs are not available for the mini-fellowship program.

How is the process different for a mini-fellowship in orthopedics?

In addition to the above, scheduling an orthopedic mini-fellowship requires the primary care provider obtain credentialing from ACMC.  Portions of the credentialing application can be filled out by CHCN; however, the full application must be filled out by the provider.  The credentialing application takes 90-days to be approved by ACMC, so scheduling of fellowships for orthopedics must be done 3-4 months in advance.  Those interested in a mini-fellowship in orthopedics should contact Saleena Gupte

How does my clinic receive payment upon completing the program?

After completing sessions, an evaluation form must be sent to Khae Saetern.  Payment will then be sent to your clinic, in the amount of $300 per session (up to $1,800).

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information about signing up for the program or questions about payment, please contact:

Saleena Gupte, DrPH
Project Manager
Alameda Health Consortium
(510) 297-0229