July 23, 2020

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Ronna Smith

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APP Fellowship Program

The mission of the APP Fellowship Program at Seattle Children’s is to support newly graduated APPs in successfully entering their practice in a complex, highly collaborative pediatric setting. This one-year program will build on graduate academic training to strengthen and develop skills in a variety of domains critical to successful practice. Seattle Children’s has a diverse and often complex patient population. APPs work in a variety of settings including inpatient; ambulatory clinics; diagnostic and surgical areas; critical care; ED; and urgent care. Learning opportunities include hands-on patient care and formal and informal didactic opportunities.

There are approximately 300 APPs at Seattle Children’s working in a variety of pediatric specialties and subspecialties. APPs are an integral part of patient care and APP opportunities are expanding. Our fellowship program is designed to prepare newly graduated APPs to successfully enter their practice with a solid knowledge base in pediatric acute care. The fellowship has three cohorts per year and one group of PA fellows in the NICU track. This approach ensures new hires have a support group of peers, many of whom are new to the Seattle area.

Additional support for new hires includes the Seattle Children’s APP Council. This group offers a chance for all APPs across divisions to connect in ways which increase our sense of community. Subcommittees of the council include social, service, research, education and equity. Events include APP teaching rounds, community service projects, social meetups and learning more about the role of APPs in research activities. Membership on the council is voluntary and open to all APPs, including fellows.


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