UCSF Cancer Services Advance Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship

Nurse Practitioner

About the Program

UCSF is a recognized world leader in developing innovative solutions to health care delivery problems. This culture of innovation has led to the development of a UCSF APP Fellowship to address the ongoing need for qualified Hematology and Oncology Advanced Practice Providers.

The application deadline is March 1, 2024. See below for application information. For questions or more information, email [email protected]

Information sessions will be held January 24 and February 6, 2024. [ View flyer ]

UCSF also offers a Surgical and Critical Care NP Fellowship Program and an ER APP Fellowship Program.

UCSF Nurse Practitioner Fellowship
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Our Fellowship Program

Our fellowship program is an opportunity for 3 novice APPs to complete a rigorous twelve-month program providing over 2000 total hours of cancer-based training with didactic and focused clinical rotations including:

  • An onboarding didactic introduction to cancer from staging to end of life, providing a foundation of knowledge for fellowship clinical rotations
  • Seven six-week specialty rotations customized for each candidate with a longitudinal clinical placement including:
    • Hematology, medical, surgical, and radiation oncology
    • Inpatient and ambulatory settings, including infusion
    • Multiple UCSF locations
    • The final rotation will be based on candidate identification of specialty areas of long-term interest
  • Completion and presentation of a scholarly project


Cancer Services APP Fellows will be mentored by seasoned UCSF Hematology and Oncology Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants with oversight by UCSF’s Associate Chief of Advanced Practice and a distinguished roster of faculty with input from Cancer Center leadership and stakeholders.

APP Fellows will receive performance feedback framed in practice-based knowledge, skills and attitudes.

APP program timeline starting with application deadline of March 1, and ending with program start at november 1

Application Process and Cycle

Complete the fillable PDF Application and select Oncology

Required Supporting Documentation

  • Letter of interest (maximum of one page)
  • Resume/CV
  • Two (2) letters of professional recommendation, one from each of the following:
    • A graduate Professor or a current supervisor
    • APP clinical preceptor
  • Personal Statement reflecting on your professional goals. 
    Please address each of the following.  Maximum of 250 words per question.  
    1. UCSF is committed to increasing diversity and promoting a culture of equal opportunity.  Please describe your awareness of, or experience with, inequalities and challenges faced by historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged groups.  How does your experience or background contribute to UCSF’s commitment to increasing diversity and promoting a culture of equal opportunity? 
    2. A philosophy of healthcare practice is a statement that outlines your values, ethics, beliefs, and/or motivation for being part of the profession. It covers your perspective regarding your education, practice, and patient care ethics. Please describe one tenet that is central to your philosophy of healthcare practice and how you approach patient care.
    3. Please describe your motivation for seeking training through the UCSF Cancer Services APP fellowship. Consider: What has inspired your interest in pursuing a career in hematology and/or oncology? What do you hope to gain from the program? 

Please submit your application with supporting documentation no later than March 1st to [email protected].

Physician Assistant Requirements

Fellowship Requirements

  • Master's or doctoral degree from an accredited physician assistant program (earned within 18 months of the fellowship start date)
  • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
  • Demonstrated excellence in scholarship, communication, leadership, problem resolution, and teaching

Before Hire

  • Current PA certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • Current and unencumbered physician assistant (PA) licensure by the Physician Assistant Board of California
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration for Schedules 2, 2N, 3, 3N, 4, and 5 within California

Nurse Practitioner Requirements

Fellowship Requirements

  • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
  • Demonstrated excellence in scholarship, communication, leadership, problem resolution, and teaching

Before Hire

  • Current AHA ACLS certification
  • Graduation from an accredited NP program (earned or pending) earned in the previous 18 months prior to the fellowship start date
  • Current RN and NP licensure by the California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California furnishing license upon start
  • Adult or Family APRN National Board Certification from ANCC (AGACNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, FNP-BC), AACN (ACNPC-AG, ACNPC), or AANP (AGNP-C, FNP-C)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration for Schedules 2, 2N, 3, 3N, 4, and 5 within California

Administrative Requirements

Any employment offer with UCSF is contingent on the following:

  • Successful background check
  • A health clearance through UCSF Occupational Health department
  • A negative substance abuse screening test
  • Verification of any documents required for the position
  • Verification of identity and eligibility to work in the USA
  • The completion of the new hire process, including all required paperwork
  • Credentialing process via the UCSF Medical Staff Services Office.
Heather Coyne

Heather Coyne, MSN, FNP-BC

Heather Coyne is a family nurse practitioner and a graduate of the UCSF School of Nursing. Heather serves with the Air Force Reserve with rank of Captain, and prior to joining the fellowship program worked in outpatient and peri-procedural nursing with the Air Force.

Hannay Samley

Hannah Samley, DNP, AG-ACNP

Hannah Samley is an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner and a graduate of the DNP program with Colombia University. Hannah has extensive prior oncology nursing experience including with Mt Sinai, Memorial Sloan Kettering and University of Virginia.

Fellowship Alumni

Katherine Chong, MSN, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, UCSF Cancer Center San Mateo

Lauren Karp, MSN, AGACNP 
Nurse Practitioner, UCSF Heme/Onc Infusion Center

Riki Przytula, MSN, AGACNP
Nurse Practitioner, UCSF Outpatient Lymphoma Clinc

Blair Anderson, MSN, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, UCSF Inpatient Heme/BMT and Cellular Therapies