Physician Assistant – Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship

 
Position: Physician Assistant – Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship

Location: US-TX-Houston

Talent Area: Advanced Practice Providers

Shift: 7a-7p

About Texas Children's Hospital

Since 1954, Texas Children’s has been leading the charge in patient care, education and research to accelerate health care for children and women around the world. When you love what you do, it truly shows in the smiles of our patient families, employees and our numerous accolades such as being consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation by U.S.News & World Report as well as recognition from Houston Business Journal as one of this city’s Best Places to Work for ten consecutive years.   Texas Children’s comprehensive health care network includes our primary hospital in the Texas Medical Center with expertise in over 40 pediatric subspecialties; the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI); the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. We have also created the nation’s first HMO for children, established the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that is channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is also academically affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, one of the largest, most diverse and successful pediatric programs in the nation.   To join our community of 14,000 dedicated team members, visit texaschildrenspeople.org for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at infinitepassion.org.  At Texas Children’s Hospital, diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of our values and mission for all of our patients and families that we serve. We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive work environment for all faculty, staff and learners throughout our organization. We believe that each member of our one amazing team provides enrichment that allows us to create a lasting legacy for future employees of this great organization.   Texas Children’s is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions at Texas Children's without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or any other protected Federal, State/Province or Local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.

Summary:

The Orthopedic Physician Assistant Fellowship Program at Texas Children’s Hospital is the first of its kind in the country to provide a specialized training opportunity specifically for physician assistants. This intensive12-month didactic and clinical pediatric orthopedic training program ensures a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a full spectrum of pediatric orthopedic surgical subspecialties, including hip, lower extremity, spine, sports, upper extremity, trauma, and tumor.  

The one-year program includes clinical pediatric orthopedic subspecialty experience, dedicated research time, and specialty workshops to include 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. Learn more about our curriculum.  

The program is led by Dr. Larry Hollier, Surgeon-in-Chief, Medical Director; Kris Marsack, Academic Director; Jacqueline Broda, PA-C, Program Director; Jordan Rodriguez, Project Manager; Magda C. Gonzalez, PA Fellowship Academic Coordinator, Dr. Scott Rosenfeld, Chief of Orthopedic PA Fellowship Program, Tanisha George Daugherty, Orthopedic Fellowship Lead, and Valerie Parrish, Orthopedic Fellowship Lead.

This fellowship program is suitable for both new PA program graduates as well as experienced physician assistants who would like to plan and/or redirect their future career in a surgical subspecialty.  

 

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. 

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 

Finances:

$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 

 



Responsibilities :

  • Under the direct supervision of a PA or Physician, utilizes advanced practice knowledge and skills to systematically collect and evaluate health assessment data
  • Under the direct supervision of a Physician Assistant, consistently demonstrates effective communication skills and works to eliminate communication barriers
  • Under the direct supervision of a Physician Assistant, provides educational resources for the patient and family
  • Under the direct supervision of a Physician Assistant, consistently applies new knowledge relevant to pediatric nursing to clinical practice
  • Under the direct supervision of a Physician Assistant, demonstrates current professional, managerial, and/or technical knowledge and skills


Qualifications:

  • Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any booster dose(s) of the COVID-19 vaccine recommended by the Centers for Disease Control when eligible, is required for all employees at Texas Children’s unless approved for a medical or religious exemption
  • Required Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Preferred current board certification for PA or scheduled PANCE and current or Temporary Texas PA License with the Texas Medical Board
  • Completed career application with current Curriculum Vitae 
  • One-page personal statement focusing on why you are interested in the Surgery Physician Assistant Fellowship program    
  • One professional recommendation letter 


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