Neonatal PA Residency at Indiana University Health

Length of Program:  12 months

PA Residents per year:  2
Starting Dates:  April & October

Application Deadlines:  May 1st & November 1st

Program Description

The Neonatal PA Residency Program at IU Health is a rigorous 12 month curriculum that aims to harness the skills, knowledge, and talents of PAs who wish to enter the field of neonatal medicine.  Our didactic and clinical curriculum, delivered within a culture of team-based interprofessional collaborative practice, strives to provide the PA resident with the medical acumen, critical thinking, and procedural skills necessary to function successfully as a neonatal advanced practice provider.


To educate and train Physician Assistants to deliver the highest quality neonatal care.  We do this through:
▪ An Innovative neonatal PA Residency Program Model
▪ Comprehensive didactic and clinical curriculum
▪ World class program faculty

▪ Exposure to a continuum of care


To positively impact Indiana’s neonatal health outcomes and infant mortality rate by increasing the number of well-trained physician assistants available to work as front-line neonatal advanced practice providers in birth hospitals and neonatal units.


Neonatal PA Residents complete a two-pronged curriculum:

Didactic Components:

■ 2 Week Classroom Boot Camp
■ Resident Lecture Series
■ Neonatal Grand Rounds
■ PA Resident P.M. Conference

■ Transition Day Content

Clinical Components:

■ Newborn Nursery (7 weeks)
■ Progressive Care Nursery (9 weeks)
■ Level III NICU (12 weeks)

■ Level IV NICU (21 weeks)

Facilities Clinical Sites Include:

Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health Methodist Hospital is a Level III NICU that provides sub-specialty care to infants. Services for neonates include conventional ventilation, high frequency oscillation, high frequency jet ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide and whole body cooling. Neonatal-Perinatal services are provided by IU School of Medicine neonatologists. In addition, medical education is provided to medical students, residents and neonatal fellows. IU Health Methodist NICU is actively involved in and recruits patients for NICHD research studies and projects.

Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is Indiana’s only comprehensive children’s hospital, providing sub-specialty care for patients, medical education for clinicians, and state-of-the-art research. Riley at IU Health offers the most advanced neonatology services in Indiana. Our 60bed NICU is one of Indiana’s only comprehensive Level IV NICU nurseries, providing the highest level of care available for all neonatal patients needing specialized treatment options, including an internationally ranked ECMO program. Neonatal-Perinatal services at Riley Hospital have been ranked #4 in the nation by Parent’s Magazine.

Procedural Skills
PA Residents will become proficient in performing the following procedures:
■ Endotracheal Intubation
■ Central Venous Access
■ Umbilical Vessel Catheterization
■ Lumbar Punctures
■ Exchange Transfusion
■ Thoracentesis
■ Chest Tube Insertion
■ Paracentesis

■ Intraosseous Access

Application Information

■ The applicant must be a graduate of an ARC-PA accredited Physician Assistant Program.
■ The applicant must be a NCPPA Certified Physician Assistant prior to matriculating.
■ The applicant must attain licensure as a Physician Assistant in Indiana prior to matriculating.
Application Requirements
■ Completed Application Form
■ Curriculum Vitae
■ NCCPA Current Certification Status Verification
■ NCCPA Examination Scores
■ 3 Letters of Recommendation (including 1 from your PA Program Director or current collaborating physician)
■ Personal statement describing your desire/drive to enter the specialty of Neonatology
Application Submission
■ Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

■ All applications should be submitted electronically as directed on the application form.


Competitive compensation including:
■ Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance Package
■ Life Insurance
■ Paid Time Off
■ 401K
■ Health Care & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
■ Short & Long-term Disability

■ Additional Information:  https://iuhealthrecruitment.org/Physician_Jobs/Advanced

Contact Information

Andrew P. Chastain, MSPAS, PA-C Director, Neonatal PA Residency Program


Neonatal PA Residency Program at IU Health
Attn:  Andrew Chastain, Program Director Riley Hospital for Children
699 Riley Hospital Drive, RR 208

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Office:  (317)944-8837 Email:  achasta@iu.edu