Surgical PA Fellowship Program adds hands-on anatomy training

Texas Children’s Surgical Physician Assistant Fellowship Program will soon roll out additional hands-on anatomy training that will further set the program apart from any others of its kind.

“The clinically based educational training series will begin this fall in the cadaver laboratory and will be the first of its kind in a post-graduate PA training fellowship,” said Dr. Larry Hollier, pediatric surgery physician assistant fellowship medical director. “The innovative and robust curriculum will allow our surgical PA fellows to acquire an in-depth education in a multitude of common pediatric medical conditions including but not limited to brachial plexus injuries, congenital heart deformities, neurology, intra-abdominal pathology and genitourinary disorders.”

In addition, the training done in the lab will focus on scenarios our fellows see on their core rotations – Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery, General Surgery, Congenital Heart Surgery, Urology, Orthopedic Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Ophthalmology and Trauma.

Texas Children’s Hospital established its pediatric surgery fellowship program for physician assistants in 2013. 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.

This program differs from all other surgical physician assistant programs by providing 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.

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