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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Postgraduate PA Fellowship Program in Oncology

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Postgraduate PA Fellowship Program in Oncology
(713) 745–0440 – Local Phone PO Box 301407 – Unit 1727
Houston, TX 77230-1407

Length of Program 12 months
Class Size 1-2
Starting Date: Spring

Application Materials Deadline: June 5, 2017 by 12:00pm
Interviews: July
Notification of Acceptance: July/August
Program Start Date: Spring

 

Contact Information

Maura Polansky
(713) 745 – 0440 – Local Phone
(713) 745 – 7199 – Fax Phone
paponc@mdanderson.org

Program Description and History

The Postgraduate Oncology Program offered by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (UTMDACC) is dedicated to enhancing the use of Physician Assistants in the field of cancer care. This 12- month clinical program is designed to prepare PAs for a career in medical, surgical and radiation oncology. The program uses a multi-disciplinary approach to adult oncology through hands-on training and supportive supervision. This comprehensive fellowship combines basic academic, technical and judgmental skills into a framework necessary for conducting effective cancer management. The Postgraduate Physician Assistant Program in Oncology has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.

Mission

To develop the next generation of adult oncology clinicians with the skills necessary to provide outstanding patient care by training PA fellows in multidisciplinary settings with practical hands on training and supportive supervised practice.

Curriculum

DIDACTIC: The didactic component of the curriculum consists of lectures, multidisciplinary conferences and institutional Grand Rounds. By working at a premier oncology research institution, participants will have the opportunity to become involved in research. At the end of the year, each PA will prepare a manuscript suitable for publication on a relevant oncology topic.

CLINICAL: Throughout the year, PA’s will rotate through more than 12 disciplines receiving hands on training in a variety of settings including, outpatient clinics, inpatient wards, operating rooms and the emergency center. PAs will become an integral part of the health care team, under the supervision of attending physicians, and gain the confidence and skills required to become a successful oncologic PA.

PA Fellows will have the opportunity to gain skills in indirect laryngoscopy, various surgical procedures, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy interpretation, management and care of indwelling catheters, administration of chemotherapeutic agents, and management of immunocompromised patients. They will also gain experience in correlating the clinical evaluation of the patient with radiologic, laboratory, and pathologic findings.

University and Institutional Affiliations

The UTMDACC is one of the world’s leading comprehensive cancer centers and one of 59 medical institutions located in the Texas Medical Center. MDACC has 661 patient beds, 32 operating rooms and over 1,700 medical and surgical faculty. Guided by the mission of excellence in patient care, research, education and prevention, over 1.2 million patients have received care at MDACC since 1944.

MD Anderson Cancer Center is a component of The University of Texas System. There are nine academic campuses, six health complexes, four medical schools, two dental schools and seven nursing schools.

UTMDACC has employed PAs for greater than 25 years and has a strong history in PA education. Nearly 300 staff PAs provide care to patients in a wide variety of disciplines, including radiation, medical and surgical oncology.

Application Deadline

  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by June 5, 2017 at 12:00pm.
  • Interviews held in July.

Application Fee

  • No cost.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Student or graduate in good standing from a Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association approved PA Program.
  • Three letters of recommendation. If employed, one letter must be from a current supervising physician. New graduates must provide at least one letter of recommendation from their program director or a clinical faculty member.
  • A curriculum vitae.

Admission Requirements

  • Texas PA license
  • Certification by the National commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) or board-eligible status

Selection Process

Applicants are selected based on their academic achievement, interpersonal skills, and ongoing interest in oncology. Selected applicants are invited to Houston for a formal interview.

Credential Awarded

Upon completion of the program, each participant will receive a certificate and obtain approximately 100 CME hours.

Estimated Expenses

  • FEES: There is no cost for the program but a competitive stipend is available to assist with living expenses (projected stipend FY17 – $75,000).
  • BENEFITS: Malpractice indemnity covered by UTMDACC, Health insurance coverage, 3 weeks vacation.
  • HOUSING: Must be arranged by each PA. MDACC is located in Houston, TX near affordable housing.
  • EXPENSES: Each PA is responsible for all expenses associated with the program (books, equipment, travel expenses, etc.). Book costs are estimated at $500 for the year.

Information

For further information, please contact the Office of PA Education or Maura Polansky, Program Director at (713) 745 – 0440 or via email at paponc@mdanderson.org.

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