Postgraduate Physician Assistant Mental Health Residency Program – Veterans Affairs

Postgraduate Physician Assistant Mental Health Residency Program – Veterans Affairs

This residency program will transition generalist training into specialty training. The PA 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:  Develop the  requisite skills for the specialty of psychiatry

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:  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:  Provide high-quality and competent mental health care

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: 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

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Source: https://www.va.gov/chillicothe-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/postgraduate-physician-assistant-mental-health-residency-program/

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