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Johns Hopkins Hospital – Postgraduate Surgical Residency for PAs

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 (410) 502-2651 600 N. Wolfe Street, Halsted 600
Baltimore, MD 21287

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Surgery Postgraduate Surgical Residency is a 12-month program involving all aspects of patient care. Albert Chi, MD,  is the Medical Director of the program.  Jennie McKown, MSHS, PA-C, is the director. Martha Kennedy, Ph.D., RN, ACNP, is the educational coordinator for the program. The JHH Postgraduate Surgical Residency for Physician Assistants has been accredited by the ARC-PA since March 2008. Further details provided on the ARC-PA website.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide an educational environment whereby the Certified Surgical Physician Assistant is trained in the highest level of patient care.
Training will be provided in clinics, on the surgical floors, and in the operating room and will involve pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care. In an academic environment, the residents will be exposed to basic and advanced surgical training concepts and techniques. Under appropriate supervision, the resident will gain the confidence and experience necessary to practice in a wide variety of surgical specialties in academic and private settings.

Residency Description

Residents will rotate through a variety of surgical specialties and undergo intense training in perioperative management and surgical practice, with clinical time bridging between patient management (~75%; inpatient, clinic, consults) and OR time (~25%; position/prep/drape, first assist, second assist). Core rotations include Hepatobiliary, Vascular, Trauma, Plastic and Reconstructive, ENT, Thoracic, Cardiac, and SICU, and rotations at JHH-affiliated community hospitals.
The Stipend is $48,500 with twenty-two days of personal time off to be used as vacation or sick time. Meal vouchers for call days will be provided. Health, dental and life insurance, as well as short and long-term disability, are available. DEA, Maryland CDS number, License fee, and delegation fee will be paid for by the hospital. The residency has been approved by the AAPA for 50 Category I CME credits.  Additional opportunities to earn Category I and II CME credits are also available throughout the year.

Qualified applicants must meet the following:

  • Graduate (or eligible for graduation by August 2012) of an Accredited PA Program with a recommended minimum GPA of 3.4.
  • Masters or Doctorate Degree or commensurate work experience
  • NCCPA certification or Eligible to sit for PANCE
  • Possess the desire to learn and be self-motivated
  • Completed application process (application and fee, letters of recommendation, and personal essay)
  • If possible, be available to interview in Baltimore

Basic Education

  • Initial didactic, clinical, and laboratory orientation
  • PA lecture series
  • Intern and Resident weekly lectures
  • Service-based specialty lecture content
  • Grand Rounds
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Training Center (MISTC) – Monthly lab experiences with surgical staff for training in basic and advanced surgical skills[s].
  • Simulation Lab
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Course
  • Conferences
  • Faculty mentorship


Physician Assistant Surgical Residents will follow the 7/1/2011 guidelines established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate MedicalEducation: Surgical Residents are limited to 80 hours a week (averaged over 4 weeks). Call cannot exceed every third night.  Meal coupons will be given when Physician Assistant Residents are on call.

A certificate through the Johns Hopkins Hospital will be awarded after successful completion of a twelve-month residency.

Deadlines for October Start:

Applications Postmarked by March 15
Interviews March – April
Notification April – May
Start Date October