Physician Assistant – Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship

Position: Physician Assistant – Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship

Location: US-TX-Houston

Talent Area: Professional - Clinical

Shift: Variable shift

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 for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at   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.


Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) is the largest Children’s Hospital in North America, ranking #4 on the US News & World Report, and consistently rated one of the Best Places to Work in Houston. The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at TCH is currently looking for the right Physician Assistant (PA) applicants for our Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship Program at the Texas Medical Center. The ideal applicant is someone who wishes to gain hands-on experience in a world class dynamic learning environment and a fast-paced, full-service hospital setting.


The TCH Pediatric Orthopedic PA Fellowship Program provides advanced pediatric orthopedic surgical subspecialty training to PAs. It is the first of its kind in the country to offer a 12-month didactic and clinical pediatric-specific training program. Our fellowship ensures a unique opportunity to gain experience in pediatric orthopedic surgical subspecialties, and to become a future leader in all areas of pediatric orthopedics.


This one-year program includes 11 months of core clinical rotations through the pediatric orthopedic surgical subspecialties at TCH. Fellows will also be allowed 1 elective months to repeat rotations through a subspecialty of their specific clinical interest. All training will be provided within the TCH system, both in the medical center and surrounding locations, through the direct delegation and supervision of department supervising physicians.


Our PAs strive to provide the highest quality patient care in a collaborative environment supported by a multi-disciplined team approach. Passionate about surgical education and research, the staff is committed to advancing the field of pediatric orthopedic surgery through sub specialization.  


Orthopedic Surgery is one of the largest surgical teams in the TCH organization with the patient volumes to match! Our Advanced Practice Providers, who have the opportunity for Faculty Appointment with Baylor College of Medicine, function as a cohesive group that engages in an active partnership with our physician colleagues to provide world class pediatric orthopedic surgery healthcare. We are looking for the next additions to our team who can thrive in a busy academic hospital. This fellowship provides the opportunity to use advanced technology, and participate in leading edge work, both through educational and clinical opportunities. Fellows will consistently improve both their clinical knowledge and surgical skills, while incorporating evidence-based medicine into day-to-day practice, and helping advance the field of pediatric orthopedic surgery.


Program Leaders:

Kolby Buckner, PA-C, Clinical Education

Valerie Parrish, PA-C, Didactic Education

Megan Lomax, PA-C, Recruitment

Jacqueline Guarino Broda, PA-C, Clinical Lead

Jordan Rodriguez, Project Manager

Kristina Marsack, PA-C, Assistant Director and Academic Program Director

Ryan Krasnosky, PA-C, Fellowship Program Director and director of surgical advanced practice providers

Larry Hollier, MD, Fellowship Program Medical Director and Surgeon-in-Chief

Responsibilities :

Fellowship Goals
• Acquire knowledge of all pediatric orthopedic surgery subspecialties within TCH to allow for diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of the orthopedic pediatric population.
• Strengthen assessment skills essential for the care of the pediatric and adolescent surgical patient.
• Develop an understanding of common orthopedic surgical procedures and potential complications related to each.
• Develop surgical skills and knowledge of the PA first-assist role within the operating room.
• Develop skills performing orthopedic procedures outside of the operating room.
• Provide additional opportunities to explore the PA professional role.
• Experience the collaborative working relationship between MD’s and PA’s within TCH.
• Develop the clinical knowledge and communication skills necessary to provide high-quality patient education.


Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree
• Master’s degree preferred
• 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.
• 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

• Personal statement of approximately 500 words to include why you want to be a PA Fellow at Texas Children's Hospital 
• Current CV


Desired Skills & Experience

• Master’s degree
• Current BLS
• PALS certification (Please note PALS will be administered to all PA Fellows during program orientation)
• Fundamental knowledge of pediatric orthopedic surgery assessment and treatment
• Knowledge of related OSHA, CLIA and JCAHO guidelines and requirements
• 2 years pediatric, orthopedic and/or surgical patient care experiences


For questions or more information contact:
Jordan Rodriguez

Project Manager

Department of Surgery APP 

Program start date: January 11, 2021
Application deadline: September 16, 2020
Interviews: August 28th and September 25th 

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