Texas Children's Hospital announces first pediatric surgery Physician Assistant Fellowship

Nov 20, 2013, 08:00 ET from Texas Children's Hospital

First of its kind in the country fellowship provides advanced pediatric surgical training

HOUSTON, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas Children's Hospital announces the establishment of a pediatric surgery fellowship program for physician assistants, making the program the first of its kind in the country. The fellowship is a 12-month didactic and clinical program designed to extensively train physician assistants to become leaders in all areas of pediatric surgery. For more information on Texas Children's pediatric surgical fellowship visit texaschildrens.org/surgerypafellow.

Texas Children's fellowship program differs from all other surgical physician assistant programs as it will provide a unique opportunity for the fellow to gain hands-on experience among the full spectrum of pediatric surgical subspecialties including: cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, general surgery, urology, otolaryngology, dental, plastic and craniofacial surgery, as well as trauma services.

The one-year program includes nine months of clinical pediatric surgical subspecialty experience and one month of basic laboratory research. The fellow will then be able to elect which surgical division they would like to focus their training on for the remaining two months of the program.

"Training will be provided in clinics, on the surgical floors, in research and in the operating rooms," said Dr. Larry Hollier, pediatric surgery physician assistant fellowship medical director. "Fellows will be exposed to advanced surgical training that will provide them with the experience necessary to practice in a wide variety of pediatric surgical subspecialties and clinical settings both in an academic, as well as private practice system. The knowledge and opportunity this program offers is unlike any other program in the world."

The team leading this program includes Hollier, also chief of plastic surgery at Texas Children's Hospital, Ryan Krasnosky, PA-C serves as program director and Brenda J. Davis is fellowship coordinator.

Four fellows will be appointed the first year with growth sought in subsequent years.

Applicants can contact Brenda Davis at 832-826-5750 or bjdavis@texaschildrens.org. The application deadline is Dec. 20, 2013 with the program starting Jan. 20.

About Texas Children's Hospital
Texas Children's Hospital, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to creating a community of healthy children through excellence in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked among the top children's hospitals in the nation, Texas Children's has recognized Centers of Excellence in multiple pediatric subspecialties including the Cancer and Heart Centers, and operates the largest primary pediatric care network in the country. Texas Children's has completed a $1.5 billion expansion, which includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; and Texas Children's Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston.  For more information on Texas Children's, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news from Texas Children's by visiting the online newsroom and on Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.

Contact: Elizabeth Shackouls, (832) 824-2108, ehshacko@texaschildrens.org

SOURCE Texas Children's Hospital