Surgery Physician Assistant Fellowship

Providing advanced pediatric surgical training to physician assistants

The Pediatric Surgery Fellowship for Physician Assistants is the first of its kind in the country to offer a 12-month didactic and clinical pediatric training program to physician assistants. Our fellowship ensures a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a full spectrum of pediatric surgical subspecialties, including congenital heart surgery, general pediatric surgery, hand/microsurgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, Surgical ICU, surgical hospitalists, trauma, and urology.

The one-year program includes clinical pediatric surgical subspecialty experience, dedicated research time, and suture, cadaver and simulation labs. Training will be provided in clinics, on the surgical floors and in the operating room and will involve pre-, intra- and post-operative care.

The program is led by Dr. Larry Hollier, Surgeon-in-Chief, Ryan Krasnosky, PA-C, Fellowship Program Director and director of surgical advanced practice providers, Kris Marsack, Assistant Director and Academic Program Director, Jacqueline Broda, PA-C, Clinical Lead, and Jordan Rodriguez, Project Manager.

Minimum qualifications

To qualify for the Physician Assistant Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery, eligible candidates must have:

  • Graduated from a PA Program approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) prior to matriculation into the program.
  • Masters of Physician Assistant Studies.
  • National Certification by the NCCPA. New graduates may receive acceptance into the program once they are eligible to sit for the PANCE.
  • PA license from the Texas Board of Medicine preferable.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae.

Additional Requirements:

  • Completed application.
  • Personal statement that focuses on your interest in the program and overall career goals.
  • One professional recommendation letter.

Fellowship and application details

Length of program: 12 Months
Program size: 6 Fellows
Program start date: January 11, 2021

Application Deadline: September 27, 2019
Interviews: August 23 & September 27, 2019

Goals and Objectives

  1. Acquire knowledge of all pediatric subspecialties within Texas Children’s Hospital to allow for diagnosis, treatment and management of the pediatric population
  2. Strengthen physical assessment skills essential for the care of the pediatric and adolescent surgical patient
  3. Develop baseline understanding of potential complications related to the diagnosis and treatment of specific surgical diagnoses
  4. Develop skills in performing invasive procedures
  5. Provide opportunities to explore the physician assistant professional role
  6. Experience the physician assistant collaborative role among MD’s and PA’s within Texas Children's Hospital
  7. Integrate a knowledge base necessary to educate patients and families
  8. Provide fundamental knowledge on the physician assistant first-assist role within the operating room


Didactic curriculum

Structured to provide the PA with a solid foundation of fundamental knowledge in which to develop and hone clinical acumen in the care of the surgical patient, the didactic curriculum will combine live lectures and conferences to be complemented by reading assignments, PowerPoint presentations and written articles. The content is vast, encompassing topics in physiology and pathophysiology, surgery, critical care management and the advanced surgical techniques associated with the treatment of department-specific disease processes.

Clinical curriculum

Developed to work in concert with the didactic portion, the clinical curriculum features strategically formulated OR days, inpatient rounds and division-specific surgical procedures. The PA fellow will be expected to perform daily rounds, present to patients articulately and accurately, describe and implement the plan of care, perform therapeutic procedures, and participate and become proficient in all surgical aspects of the intra-operative care of the surgical patient. The final goal is to foster and instruct the PA so that they develop proficient clinical skills in the pre-, peri-, and post-operative care of the surgical patient.

Credentials Awarded

Upon successful completion of the program, fellows will be awarded a Certificate of Completion for the Texas Children’s Hospital Physician Assistant Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery.


  • Stipend - $65,000
  • Professional liability insurance
  • $75,000 group term life insurance
  • Uniforms
  • Paid time off (PTO) accrual
  • Medical and dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Prescription drug program
  • Health Care reimbursement account
  • Retirement program

Contact information

For questions or more information, email Jordan Rodriguez at or call 832-826-6294. 

Surgical Physician Assistant Fellowship FAQs

What are all the required documents needed to fulfill the application?
CV, Personal statement, professional recommendation letter.

Do you have to have passed your PANCE (national exam) before start date?
No, but you must have the exam scheduled.

Application due date?
Septeber 16, 2020

Do you have to be licensed in Texas prior to starting the program?

What are the rotations, what are the electives?
Core rotations are pediatric surgical subspecialties, including congenital heart surgery, general pediatric surgery, hand/microsurgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, Surgical ICU, surgical hospitalists, trauma, and urology.  Electives are interventional radiology, pediatric and adolescent gynecology, emergency center, critical care medicine, orthopedic surgery, transplant, hematology/oncology, or any core service.

How many hours a week do you work?
60-80 hours per week

Do you pay for travel expenses for interviews?
Travel is not paid by TCH; however, if selected, it is encouraged that you move to Houston by the time the health assessment is scheduled.

When are interviews scheduled?
August 28 and September 25, 2020

Are there hotels close to the interview?
Texas Children's Hospital is located in the heart of the Medical Center; there are several that are within walking distance to the hospital.

Number of fellows or positions available?
There are 6 openings.

What is the stipend, benefits?
$65,000 annual salary; professional liability insurance; PTO; Medical and Dental insurance (See more on benefits section above).

How long is the program?
12 months

When is the start date?
January 11, 2021