Our 12-month Neonatal Physician Assistant Program trains certified physician assistants to deliver comprehensive, team-based care.
The Neonatal Physician Assistant Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital trains certified Physician Assistants to deliver comprehensive, team-based care for high risk and convalescing newborns in the inpatient and ambulatory care settings.
During the 12 month program, trainees participate in didactic and supervised clinical experiences in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, which includes well baby nurseries, neonatal intensive care units and follow up clinics.
The curriculum is divided into rotational blocks:
Didactic offerings include live and taped lectures, readings, videos, simulations and written assignments.
Each PA Fellow is assigned a primary physician or PA preceptor. Clinical site rotations are directly proctored by unit based physician, APRN, PA and RN faculty.
Rotational objectives, goals and evaluations have been developed for the PA Fellow and clinical site preceptors.
Written evaluations are provided by clinical site preceptor to the trainee every 2- 4 weeks. Formal assessments of progress are provided by the primary preceptor at least once per block.
We are currently accepting applications for 2017-2018.
Required Application Materials
Those who have not taken the certification exam prior to the application deadline should include their anticipated test date on the application form.
Application materials must be submitted, preferably via email, to Program Director Erin Keels (Erin.Keels@NationwideChildrens.org) by March 31, 2017.
Applications may also be submitted by mail:
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Attn: Erin Keels
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
The Admissions Committee will review completed applications and select candidates to be invited for in-person interviews.
Trainees will receive a stipend of $60,000 for the 12-month program.
Trainees in graduate medical education programs sponsored by Nationwide Children’s Hospital are employees of the hospital and as such are eligible for the same benefits that other full time staff receive as well as some additional perks that are outlined below:
Paid Time Off/Vacation
Two weeks (80 hours) of vacation per academic year. A week is approximately 40 hours per week and may include weekends and night shifts.
80 hours of sick leave for duration of program.
The hospital recognizes the following as paid holidays:
Professional Conference Funding
Trainees in good standing are encouraged to attend professional conferences. Programs receive funding annually for trainees to attend and present at conferences. Funds may be used toward conference fees, hotel, travel and meals. Final decisions on conference funds are made by the Program Director.
Trainees are eligible to receive NRP, ACLS and/or PALS certification and/or recertification fees paid by program.
Memberships for some professional organizations are covered by the program.
See the Employee Benefits and Perks for more information about insurance, financial and retirement plans, education and scholarship and wellness programs.
For more information regarding the program, please contact:
Erin Keels, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC
Program Director, Neonatal Practitioner Program
Phone: (614) 722-6510