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Hi everyone,

My daughter is a rising junior at Vassar College majoring in Neuroscience. She is interested in becoming a PA and specializing in psychiatry. There is little current information on the web on fellowships or residency programs available that offer this track after she gets her PA. And sites I come up with are dated to 2010, 2011. Are we missing something? Has this field gone away? We don't want to go down a dead end. If not, can someone provide some guidance on resources we can use to pursue this as a possible option for her in the future. It really seems like this field would be in high demand to help fill the gap of available psychiatrists.

 

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Chris

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http://appap.org/post-graduate-pa-programs/programs/

 

There are two psych residencies listed on there.

 

You also don't have to do a psych fellowship to become a psych PA. I know some people who have gone into it straight out of school. If she's for sure dead set on psych have her work in psych as her health care experience and make sure she goes to a PA program that has a specific psych rotation. Not all programs offer psych

 

Might also want to consider psych np

 

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http://appap.org/post-graduate-pa-programs/programs/

There are two psych residencies listed on there.

You also don't have to do a psych fellowship to become a psych PA. I know some people who have gone into it straight out of school. If she's for sure dead set on psych have her work in psych as her health care experience and make sure she goes to a PA program that has a specific psych rotation. Not all programs offer psych

 

All PA programs are required by ARC-PA to have a rotation in "behavioral and mental health". Which is psychiatry.

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All PA programs are required by ARC-PA to have a rotation in "behavioral and mental health". Which is psychiatry.

Not true, it seems like the arcpa is more lax about psych for some reason. I know of programs that don't have a true psychiatry rotation at a psych hospital or psych office but they say their students get exposed to psych patients via family practice, er, etc

 

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Examples are WesternU. Many of my friends have graduated from there and they did not have a psych rotation.

 

Also PacificU - no specific psych rotation mentioned

 

Note: Each student must complete the following clinical rotations

PA 630 | Family Practice Rotation (12 semester hours)

PA 631 | Internal Medicine Rotation (6 semester hours)

PA 633 | Inpatient Medicine Rotation (6 semester hours)

PA 634 | Surgery Rotation (6 semester hours)

PA 636 | Emergency Medicine Rotation (6 semester hours)

PA 637 | Community Medicine Rotation (6 semester hours)

PA 639 | Primary Care Focus Rotation: Pediatrics, Women's Health, Geriatrics, Family Medicine (6 semester hours)

PA 696 | Graduate Project (6 semester hours) completed during fall or spring semester

 

These are just two that I know of firsthand but I'm sure there are many other programs out there who do the same

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That is correct.  Here is my program's clinical rotations:

 

CLINICAL CURRICULUM - SECOND YEAR 

Emergency Medicine (6 credit hours)

Family Medicine (6 credit hours)

Internal medicine (6 credit hours)

Pediatrics (6 credit hours)

Prenatal Care and Gynecology (6 credit hours)

Surgery (6 credit hours)

Selective (1 of 4)  (6 credit hours)

Behavioral Health

Otorhinolaryngology

Orthopedics

Internal medicine subspecialty 

Elective I   (6 credit hours)

Elective II  (6 credit hours)

Graduate Project

 

So Psych is an option for a Selective Rotation … due to the ARC requirement, we are advised that it's a requirement if we don't encounter (and document) enough patients in other rotations who have behavioral health issues as a secondary dx. 

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At EVMS in Norfolk it is not a required rotation. I do highly recommend it though. There are psych cases in a lot of different places.

  I have been working as a Psych PA for 2 years and I think it is an ideal specialty for PAs. Partially because there is a huge shortage of Psychiatrists and secondly, you are in a great position to work one on one with your patients. I don't even see my SP on most days...

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