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Physician Assistant Post-Graduate Residency in Mental Health (Psychiatry)

The New Mexico VA Health Care System, located in Albuquerque, is seeking two individuals for a 1-year paid Physician Assistant post-graduate residency in Psychiatry. Training will occur in both inpatient and outpatient settings and is tailored to allow graduates to sit for the Psychiatry CAQ. Graduates will be eligible for direct appointment to full time positions within the VA.

Physician Assistant Post-Graduate Residency in Mental Health (Psychiatry)

• Would you like to further your education and get specialty training in Psychiatry?
• Are you interested in serving our nation’s veterans in a culturally diverse teaching
• Do you want to spend a year being paid to learn and qualify for a CAQ?
• Be eligible for direct appointment to positions within the VA after graduation?
• If so contact us to request an application!

About the program:

The New Mexico VA Health Care is seeking two individuals for a 1 year paid Physician Assistant postgraduate
residency in Psychiatry. Training will occur in both inpatient and outpatient settings and is
tailored to allow graduates to sit for the Psychiatry CAQ. Upon graduation residents will be eligible for
direct appointment to full time positions within the VA. The program includes a wide variety of clinical
and didactic experiences in Psychiatry. Residents meet regularly with faculty and the program strives to
develop both a good knowledge base and strong clinical skills. Residents are trained in both supportive
psychotherapy and motivational interviewing.
This one-year program runs from September to September and provides about 200 didactic and 2000
clinical hours of training in adult mental health disorders. PA Residents train together with physician
and psychiatric nurse practitioner residents and attend many of the same didactic lectures and training
with their MD Resident colleagues. Resident will need complete 75 hours of CME during the program to
be eligible to sit for the CAQ, though this can be obtained through the VA.

About Albuquerque:

Albuquerque, New Mexico is a city of 575,000 people that enjoys all four seasons and 310 days of sun
per year. It is located adjacent to the Sandia Mountains, which provide excellent year round outdoor
recreation activities. The city has over 200 parks and enjoys an vibrant local food scene. There is
fascinating cultural diversity with influence of Native American and Hispanic culture
New Mexico is the 47th state of the union and has a remarkable geographic range. The geography
ranges from the sandy deserts of the south to the scenic foothills of the Rockies just below the Colorado
state line and has served to inspire generations of artists. There is skiing, hiking and there are many
National Parks to explore. New Mexico is home to a thriving scientific community and hosts two
national labs and several research facilities. There are more PhDs per capita in New Mexico than any
other state.


• 2023-24 stipend $78,425 (See
for current stipend)
• 13 days’ vacation time and 13 days’ sick time
• Up to 11 federal holidays
• Health insurance and liability protection under the federal tort claims act

Admission Requirements:

• Be graduates of programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for
the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and certified by The National Commission on Certification of
Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
• Have a current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice PA in a State, Territory of
Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
• Be citizens of the United States.
• Have registered for the draft by age 26 (male applicants born after 12/31/1959) to be eligible for
any US government employment, including selection as a paid VA trainee.
• Document that vaccinations, including COVID-19 vaccine, are up to date and that screening for
active tuberculosis is complete prior to starting the residency
• Have a command of the English language that is sufficient to facilitate accurate and unhampered
communication with patients

Mission Statement:

It is the mission of the NMVAHCS proposed MH-PA Residency Program to train caring and
compassionate MH Physician Assistants who acquire the knowledge necessary to pass the
Psychiatry CAQ, and the skills needed to practice the full spectrum of adult psychiatry with technical
expertise; utilizing evidence based practice.
To accomplish our mission, we will provide instructive experiences in both episodic and longitudinal
care of diverse patients, exposure to a wide variety of patient care environments, and close
mentoring with both Residency Program staff and other specialty NMVAHCS staff. By familiarizing
residents with the unique psychiatric needs and culture of Veterans, we hope to retain residents for
full time work, thereby increasing access to care at the NMVAHCS.

Key Faculty:
Jason Murray, PA-C MCMSc, CAQ-Psychiatry
Residency Program Director
Leticia Cruz-Hinson, MD
Medical Director

For more information, contact the program director:

Click below to download an application


• It has recently come to our attention that New Mexico Medicaid currently limits reimbursement
to PAs for Psychiatric services. We are aware of PAs who practice in Psychiatry in New Mexico
but this may limit the availability of some civilian positions after graduation. This will not affect
positions at the New Mexico VA Health Care System.
• Health Professions Trainees (HPTs) are appointed as temporary employees of the Department of
Veterans Affairs. As such, HPTs are subject to laws, policies, and guidelines posted for VA staff
members. There are infrequent times in which this guidance can change during a training year
which may create new requirements or responsibilities for HPTs. If employment requirements
change during the course of a training year, HPTs will be notified of the change and impact as
soon as possible and options provided. The VA Training Director for your profession will provide
you with the information you need to understand the requirement and reasons for the
requirement in timely manner.
• Residents may be subject to random drug testing. This document contains more information:

Click on below listed document to download application