Pediatric Fellowship Program in Occupational Therapy

The Pediatric Fellowship Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is a post-professional clinical and didactic education program designed to significantly enrich the fellow’s preparation as an advanced practitioner in the field of pediatric occupational therapy. It combines opportunities for ongoing clinical mentorship with a scientific basis for advanced practice.

Program details

  • This 12-month fellowship has three distinctive 16-week clinical rotations, including: inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, and acute care.
  •  The fellowship has a set curriculum with specialty learning plans, including:
    • Foundations
    • Standardized Assessments
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Orthopedics
    • Neuromuscular Conditions
    • Pediatric Oncology
    • Cardiopulmonary Conditions
    • Special Topics:
      • Amplified Muscular Skeletal Pain
      • Seating and Positioning
      • Early Intervention and School-based Therapy
      • Pediatric Advanced Care Team
      • OT in the ICU (Pediatric ICU, Cardiac ICU and Neonatal/Infant ICU)  
  • Mentorship and didactic lectures will also be provided by our OT content experts throughout the year.
  • The Pediatric Fellowship incorporates the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) Program.
  • Fellows are hired as salaried, full-time employees but divide their time between direct patient care, one-on-one mentorship, LEND and other educational experiences.
  • The Pediatric Fellowship pay is approximately 75 percent of a typical new graduate OT salary.

Program requirements

All candidates for the Pediatric Fellowship Program at CHOP must be eligible for occupational therapy licensure in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Ideal applicants will have experience in pediatrics or experience in a comparable adult institution.  

How to apply

For more information about the program or to apply, please email Applications are accepted through the end of January, with the fellowship starting in July of each year.

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