Program Details

Welcome to the Orthopedic Physician Assistant Fellowship Program – the first program of its kind in the country!  

Mission  

Texas Children’s Hospital’s Mission statement is to support excellence in patient care, education and research with a commitment to quality service and cost-effective care to enhance the health and well-being of children locally, nationally and internationally. 

Texas Children’s Hospital Physician Assistant Orthopedic Fellowship Program Mission statement is to provide a dynamic pediatric orthopedic training experience for physician assistants enabling them to provide the highest level of care and create a healthier future for pediatric patients. At the largest Pediatric institution in North America, PA trainees will gain foundational knowledge through simulated workshops, skills labs, cadaver labs and a lecture series to help increase their surgical knowledge base while working alongside world-class surgeons and ancillary staff. By rotating through multiple pediatric orthopedic subspecialties, PA trainees gain remarkable operative technical skills and become accomplished pediatric orthopedic providers. The PA trainees receive training in the clinics, operating rooms, inpatient floors, and ICUs where they will become proficient in pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care. Our PA trainees will receive vital exposure under appropriate supervision, to basic and advanced surgical concepts and techniques, that will help them gain confidence and experience necessary to practice in a wide variety of pediatric orthopedic subspecialties in academic and private settings. 


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Program Goals  

The goal of the Orthopedic Physician Assistant Fellowship Program is to  

  1. Acquire knowledge of all pediatric orthopedic subspecialties within Texas Children’s Hospital to allow for appropriate assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of the pediatric orthopedic patients in a busy children’s hospital setting 
  2. Strengthen physical assessment skills essential for the care of the pediatric and adolescent orthopedic patient 
  3. Develop baseline understanding of indications and associated benefits, risks, and potential complications related to the diagnosis and treatment of specific orthopedic  diagnoses and procedures using scientific evidence 
  4. Graduated responsibility in providing care to patients including assisting orthopedic procedures 
  5. Develop skills in performing invasive procedures 
  6. Provide fundamental knowledge on the physician assistant first-assist role within the operating room 
  7. Provide opportunities to explore the physician assistant professional role 
  8. Experience the physician assistant collaborative role among the healthcare team and other medical disciplines within Texas Children's Hospital 
  9. Integrate a knowledge base necessary to educate patients and families 
  10. Learning how to critically review and apply the pediatric orthopedic literature to clinical practice 

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Finances  

A competitive stipend of $65,000 will be offered in addition to the following:  

  • Professional liability insurance 
  • $75,000 group term life insurance 
  • Two white coats  
  • Paid time off (PTO) accrual 

Additional benefits offered:  

  • Medical insurance  
  • Dental insurance 
  • Life insurance 
  • Short term disability insurance  
  • Long term disability insurance 
  • Prescription drug program 
  • Health Care reimbursement account 
  • Retirement program