The Child Life Department at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas is a vital component of the healthcare team and contributes to the overall quality of developmentally appropriate, patient and family-centered care for patients of all ages. Staffed by professionally trained individuals, the child life team helps children and their families cope with the emotional and psychological stress of illness, inpatient and outpatient medical treatment, and trauma. Certified Child Life Specialists work closely with members of the entire healthcare team to reduce the stress and anxiety of the healthcare experience and to facilitate positive outcomes for patients and their families.
Certified Child Life Specialists are assigned to every inpatient unit including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Cardiac Care Unit (CCU), Hematology/Oncology Unit, High-Acuity Respiratory Unit, Neurology/Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Neuro Rehab Unit, General Medicine Unit and Surgical/Trauma Unit, as well as outpatient areas including Day Surgery, Imaging, and the Emergency Department. Dell Children’s Medical Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Level 1 Surgery Center, and a Level 4 NICU. In addition to a department director, the Child Life Department also includes Art and Music Therapists. The dedicated child life team prioritizes the facilitation of therapeutic play to promote growth and development, enhance opportunities for communication and self-expression, and foster coping skills of patients and their families.
The Child Life fellowship program at Dell Children’s Medical Center is designed to support career training for entry level child life professionals. The fellowship will be primarily based in the emergency department with a focus on trauma services allowing the fellow to gain more expertise with this population. The goal is to provide the fellow with enhanced opportunities to build upon clinical skills learned during the child life internship. The fellow will strengthen his/her skills and abilities to provide patient and family education, procedural preparation and support, bereavement support, and trauma informed care while enhancing his/her assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills.
This fellowship is a one-year appointment including a stipend for medical insurance as well as funding to attend relevant educational opportunities. The fellowship schedule will include evening, weekend, and some holiday hours. The fellowship does not guarantee future employment. Housing, transportation, and meals are the responsibility of the fellow. The fellowship begins January 2020 continuing through January 2021 the following year.
Minimum requirements for the clinical fellowship:
- A bachelors’ degree in child life or related field
- Meet current eligibility requirement to sit for child life certification exam.
Applicants who meet the above requirements must apply to the Child Life Fellowship Committee to be considered for an interview.
Items to include with your application:
- Current one-page resume
- Completed Child Life Fellowship Application
- Two sealed letters of recommendation
- 1 of these must be written by a Certified Child Life Specialist
- ACLP Clinical Experience Verification Form to provide proof of completed internship
- If internship is in progress, a letter from your rotation supervisor or internship coordinator with an anticipated completion date is required.
- Copy of all evaluations completed during your child life internship
- Letter of intent:
- Why you have decided to pursue a fellowship experience and why this fellowship is a good fit for you (1-2 pages)
Letters of recommendation should be mailed to:
Attention: Child Life Department
Child Life Education Coordinator
Dell Children’s Medical Center
4900 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723
Due to the large number of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of documents. If you require verification that we have received your documentation, please arrange for delivery confirmation by the post office or the delivery service you choose.
Applications must be received by the application deadline or they will not be considered.