Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Neonatal Physician Assistant Program

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Neonatal Physician Assistant Program
(215) 590-3135  – Local Phone 34th and Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104

STARTING DATE: October each year

Contact Information


Dana Lyall


Program Description and History

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) physician assistant residency program is now in its second year. This intensive 12 month program is designed for Physician Assistants who wish to sub specialize in Neonatology. The program will accept two Physician Assistants per year and runs from the end of October to October the following year. This program will provide mentoring, didactic teaching, Simulations, skills training and clinical experience to prepare the physician assistant to become a competent Neonatal front line clinician. At the completion of this PA Residency Program, the Physician Assistant resident will be able to competently care for Neonates up to 6 months of age in areas that extend from the Delivery room, to the Well Baby nursery, the Neonatal Intensive care Unit to post discharge. At the completion of the program, the PA will receive a certificate of completion of PA Residency. The credentialing process is a 3 year process for final accreditation of the program and CHOP is in the process of applying for accreditation.

The PA Residents will rotate through 3 sites; CHOP NICU (level IV NICU), Pennsylvania Hospital NICU, and Virtua Voorhees NICU (both level III NICU’s). The PA resident will be assigned a preceptor at each site and an outline of goals for education and skills for each rotation. Clinical time will include Delivery Room, Well Baby Nursery, neonatal Follow-up and care of patients on the Medical and Surgical teams. As the Resident becomes more proficient and progresses in their training, they will care for their own patient load which will increase in complexity and numbers. Following the initial 6 months of training in the 2 level III NICU’s, they will move to CHOP to complete the year. The PA resident will begin rotations on nights and weekends with their preceptor during the final 3 months of the year. During the final months of the program, the PA will function independently as a full member of the team. Two weeks of elective time is also included in the program.


The program will begin with 2 weeks of class room didactics and observation as an orientation to neonatology (Boot camp). Following this orientation, there are weekly learning sessions. These sessions will include lectures, Simulations and skills training. Teaching will be provided by an extensive faculty of Neonatologists and subspecialists, Physician Assistants, Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, Neonatal Fellows, Nutritionists, Nurses and therapists from: Speech, Occupational, Physical therapy, Respiratory therapy, lactation specialists and Psychologists. Topics will begin with fetal development and extend through birth and the first 6 months of life including Developmental follow-up. Didactics will include: the normal and abnormal along with an extensive review of disease processes that affect all organ systems with treatment and management. In addition the PA residents will be invited to attend all conferences at all training sites as time allows along with the physiology didactics given to the Neonatology Fellows in training

The mission of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Neonatal Physician Assistant Residency Program is to train certified Physician Assistants to become competent high-quality front line providers to the Neonate in the Delivery room, well-baby nursery, Intensive care unit and follow-up through didactic teaching, simulations, skills training and clinical mentoring.

Length of Program

12 months

Class Size


Starting Date

October each year


  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Virtua Voorhees Medical Center
  • Pennsylvania Hospital

Admission Process and Timetable

March 1, 2015: Open House at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, register at or (contact for more details)

March 2015: Application available, application deadline will be in April 2015

May-June, 2015: Interviewing of candidates

October 2015: Start of CHOP NICU PA Residency Program

Application Components

Online application that requires information about employment history, education and experience.

Selection Criteria

A combination of meeting the requirements for the position in the job description, interview feedback, and references. CHOP is an equal opportunity employer. Job Description Outline

Credential Awarded

Certificate of completion of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Neonatal Residency Program


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