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Postgraduate Physician Assistant Mental Health Residency

This residency will transition generalist training into specialized training. You will develop skills, knowledge, and attitudes that promote high-quality and competent mental health care.

Overview

Trained as generalists, Physician Assistants have the unique ability to work in different medical specialties throughout their career. This residency program will transition generalist training into specialty training. The PA will develop skills, knowledge, and attitudes (SKAs) that promote high-quality and competent mental health care. As the PA progresses through the program year, the resident will advance the breadth and depth of SKAs in psychiatry. The PA will also develop personal and professional growth through self-care and experience with interprofessional teams. With full participation and completion of the program, the PA will be prepared to take the NCCPA CAQ in Psychiatry examination.

 

Objective:  Provide high-quality and competent mental health care

Key Results:

  • Successfully complete  assessments every 3 months during the program year
  • Attend weekly PA didactic lectures 100% of the time
  • Identify knowledge gaps by 360-degree self-assessments every 3 months and implement strategies for improvement

 

Objective:  Develop the  requisite skills for the specialty of psychiatry

Key Results:

  • Learn and practice the skills,  knowledge, and attitudes described as “entry level” competencies* during the first 3 months of training
  • Learn and practice the skills,  knowledge, and attitudes described as “experienced level” competencies* during six to nine months of training
  • Learn and practice the skills,  knowledge, and attitudes described as “exceptional level” competencies* in at least one of the six competencies during nine to twelve months of training

 

Objective:  Advance breadth and depth of specialty knowledge

Key Results:

  • Earn graduated levels of responsibilities by evaluations completed at the end of clinical rotations
  • Earn a minimum of 18.75 hours of Category I CME* specific to psychiatry every 3 months during the program year
  • Receive supervising practitioner feedback at the end of every rotation, 100% of the time

     

    Objective: Foster and develop personal and professional growth

    Key Results:

    • Encourage life-long habits that promote self-care
    • Participate in scholarly activities that includes group projects, oral presentations, and teaching other trainees during the program year
    • Develop leadership skills by practicing cultural awareness, understanding psychosocial issues, and collaborate with interprofessional team

     

    Objective: Prepare for Certificate of Advanced Qualifications examination

    Key Results:

    • Earn 75 hours of category 1 CME specific to psychiatry by the end of program year
    • Obtain a minimum of four hundred veteran encounters by the end of program year
    • Complete 2080 hours of training to demonstrate clinical experience

    *CME—Continuing Medical Education

    *Skillsets for each of the six competency groups are identified for column “entry,” “experienced” and “exceptional” levels  on the Supervising Evaluation form

     

    Accreditation Status 

    • Not accredited at this time

    Diversity Statement

    Program Practice:   Diversity will create an environment that enhances and improves service delivery, professional development, and the training experience as a whole. We value and affirm the diverse backgrounds, identities, and expressions of all people. We encourage those from diverse backgrounds to consider our training program.

    Important Dates

    • Applications are accepted January 1 - March 31
    • Interviews held in April by invitation only
    • Notification of appointment no later than June 15
    • Program year - September 1 through August 30 

    Eligibility

    • Am I Eligible? Checklist for VA HPTs
    • Graduate from accredited ARC-PA Program
    • NCCPA Certification or eligible at time of maturation
    • Full, active & unrestricted medical license (or granted at end of program)
    • Advanced placement not available
    • Moonlighting determined on case- by-case basis but not encouraged
    • Applicant will meet requirements as established by the Office of Academic Affiliations

    Benefits

    • Generous stipend, $78,000 (avg.)
    • No application or tuition fees
    • Time-off for vacation and illness
    • Eligibility for Health Insurance
    • Liability coverage

    Curricular Components

    • Intensive supervised clinical rotations
    • PA didactic lecture series
    • Grand Rounds
    • Conferences (as funding allows)
    • Self-directed psychiatry CME
    • Quality Improvement project
    • Teaching others
    • Supervision by trained mental health providers
    • Learning materials
    • End of Quarter assessments

    Learning Experiences

    • Inpatient Psychiatry Unit
    • Outpatient Mental Health Clinic
    • Mental Health Urgent Care
    • Residential programs
    • Others as determined by availability, need, and COVID considerations

    Application Materials

    • Undergraduate and PA Graduate college transcripts
    • Documentation of NCCPA certification or eligibility (must have certification at matriculation)
    • Three letters of recommendation (supervisor, peer, and someone who knows your medical skills)
    • Narrative of Interest
    • Resume or CV

    Additional Information

    Sherry S. Martin, DHSc, PA-C, CAQ Psychiatry

    Program Director

    Email:  Sherry.Martin@va.gov

    740-773-1141, ext. 17872 or 17871

     

    Dr.  Arthur Thalassinos, MD

    Medical Director

    Email:  Arthur.Thalassinos@va.gov

    740-773-1141, ext. 17872 or 17871