We are looking for the next addition to our Physician Assistant Fellowship Program. A great candidate is someone who wishes to gain hands-on skills in a dynamic learning environment, and can thrive in a busy academic hospital environment. Our fellowship provides continuous professional experience through inpatient management and independent performance of multiple surgical procedures. This job gives candidates the opportunity to use World Class standards and practices to participate in leading edge work, pioneering new protocols and methods. Candidates will consistently update their skills and knowledge relevant to pediatric practice as they incorporate evidence-based practice into their day-to-day role.
Texas Children’s Hospital Surgical Physician Assistant Fellowship Program provides advanced pediatric surgical training to physician assistants. It is the first of its kind in the country to offer a 12-month didactic and clinical pediatric training program. Our fellowship ensures a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a full spectrum of pediatric surgical subspecialties, and to become a leader in all areas of pediatric surgery. Surgical subspecialties include: congenital heart surgery, general pediatric surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, trauma, urology, and an innovative new addition, surgical hospitalists.
The one-year program includes in-depth clinical pediatric surgical subspecialty experience including two weeks of basic laboratory research. Each participating fellow then elects two surgical divisions to focus on during the course of the program. Training will be provided in clinics, on the surgical floors and in the operating room and will involve pre-, intra- and post-operative care. In addition to the clinical training, the fellowship program offers a robust didactic curriculum to include CME accredited weekly lectures by our world renowned physician’s, cadaver lab, simulation labs, and suture workshops.
Texas Children’s Hospital is ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas and among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Our Department of Surgery, a significant contributor to this reputation, is driven by a professional staff that thrives on providing the highest quality surgical care in a collaborative environment supported by a multi-disciplined team approach. We are one of the largest surgical teams in the TCH organization with the patient load to match! Passionate about surgical education and research, the staff is committed to advancing the field through focus on each specialty.
Do you think you are the right person for this program?
- Acquire knowledge of all pediatric subspecialties within Texas Children’s Hospital to allow for diagnosis, treatment and management of the pediatric population. Strengthen physical assessment skills essential for the care of the pediatric and adolescent surgical patient.
- Develop baseline understanding of potential complications related to the diagnosis and treatment of specific surgical diagnoses.
- Develop skills in performing invasive procedures.
- Provide opportunities to explore the physician assistant professional role.
- Experience the physician assistant collaborative role among MDs and PAs within Texas Children’s Hospital.
- Integrate a knowledge base necessary to educate patients and families.
- Provide fundamental knowledge on the physician assistant First-Assist role within the operating room.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Master’s degree preferred
- Eligibility to obtain license from Texas Medical Board to practice in the State of Texas
- Eligibility to obtain certification by National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (new graduates may receive acceptance into the program, pending successful completion of the PANCE.)
- Letters of recommendation—a minimum of one from program director (if new/recent graduate) and one from recent supervising physician.
- Current CV
Desired Skills & Experience
- Master’s degree
- Current BLS
- PALS certification (Please note PALS will be administered for all PA Fellows during program orientation)
- Fundamental knowledge of pediatric assessment and treatment
- Knowledge of related OSHA, CLIA and JCAHO guidelines and requirements
- 2 years pediatric and/or surgical patient care experience.
Our Advanced Practice professional team operates as a cohesive group that engages in active partnership with our physician colleagues to provide World Class pediatric healthcare.
The program is led by Dr. Larry Hollier, Chief of Plastic Surgery; Ryan Krasnosky, PA-C, Fellowship Program Director and Director of Surgical Advanced Practice Providers; Kris Marsack, PA-C, Academics Director; Jackie Broda, PA-C, Fellowship Program Clinical Lead and Jordan L. Rodriguez, Project Manager.
For questions or more information contact:
Jordan L. Rodriguez
Department of Surgery APP
Program start date: January 14, 2019
Application deadline: October 1, 2018
Interviews: August 3rd & October 5th, 2018