Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Neonatal Physician Assistant Program
(609) 744-8981  – Local Phone 34th and Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104

STARTING DATE: November each year

Contact Information

Karin Huber, HR representative


phone number: 609-744-8981


Program Description and History

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Physician Assistant residency program began in 2013, and has graduated 2 PA residents per year since this time. This intensive, 12-month program is designed for physician assistants who wish to sub-specialize in neonatology. The program accepts two Physician Assistant Residents (PAR) per year and runs from the beginning of November to November of the following year. This program will provide mentoring, didactic teaching, simulations, skills training, and clinical experiences to prepare the PAR to become a neonatal front line clinician. At the completion of this PA residency program, the PAR will be able to competently care for neonates 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 PAR will receive a certificate of completion of the PA Residency. The credentialing/accreditation process for PA residency programs is currently in abeyance.  The CHOP PA residency program’s curriculum is in alignment with prior accreditation standards, and as soon as a new formal accreditation process is defined, the program will be applying for this designation.

The PAR will rotate through 3 sites; CHOP NICU (level IV NICU), Pennsylvania Hospital NICU, and Virtua Voorhees NICU (both level III NICUs). The PAR will be assigned a preceptor at each site and will have an outline of goals for education and skills for each rotation. Clinical exposure will include delivery room, well-baby nursery, neonatal follow-up, and care of patients on the medical and surgical NICU 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, acuity, and volume. Following the initial 6 months of training in the level III NICUs, they will move to CHOP to complete their year. The PAR will begin rotations on nights and weekends with their preceptor during the final 3 months of the year.  The PAR will also have clinical rotation time with the anesthesia, cardiac ICU, and neo-surgical teams, and will have one elective.


The program will begin with 3 weeks of class room didactics, clinical simulation, procedural training, and observation in the various units 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, neonatal dieticians, clinical pharmacists, nurses, speech, respiratory, physical, and occupational therapists, lactation consultants, and psychologists. Topics will begin with fetal development and extend through birth and the first 6 months of life including developmental follow-up.   In addition, the PAR will be invited to attend all unit-based case and research conferences, and physiology didactic lectures given to neonatology physician fellows.  The PAR will also attend a variety of neonatology continuing education conferences off-site.

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 clinic through didactic teaching, simulations, skills training, clinical training, and mentoring.

Length of Program

12 months

Class Size


Starting Date

November of each year


  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Virtua Voorhees Medical Center
  • Pennsylvania Hospital

Admission Process and Timetable


February of each year: Open House at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

March of each year: Application available www.chop.edu/careers

April-May: Interviewing of candidates

Early November: 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.

Credential Awarded

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