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IMHO there is a great deal of potential in this specialty.

This article is a few months old but the numbers are solid...


  According to this article ' Nationally about 1,800 PAs, or roughly 2% of the total number practicing, specialize in psychiatry'.

Looking at Psychiatrist shortage ' From 2003 to 2013, the number of practicing psychiatrists declined by 0.2%, to 37,889 nationally by 2013. During the same decade, the number of adult primary care doctors increased by 9.5%, to 211,121 total, and by 14.2% to 862,444 among physicians overall'. ' By 2015, 60% were 55 years or older'.

   I know.... You are thinking that new grads need experience for this type of work. This is not true. The right personality and an opportunity are all you need.... That and a desire to work in mental health, I should say...

 Of course you can apply for a clerkship. I found 7 programs here:









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It depends on the area and the size of the practice. From my exp. starting around $85k. They usually pay your malpractice, you get 5 or so CME days, around $3k for CME, 15-20 vacation days..

 IMHO the biggest benefit is the autonomy in treating your patients. Once you have built up a case load, you can pretty much decide the plan on your own. It is very dependent on your MD. I have worked with some that are wide open on suggestions and some that will not go off label at all....

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I am very happy to see this post! I have recently decided to apply to a PA program, and my dream is to be able to work as a PA in an inpatient facility. I have worked in the pharmacy field for many years, and have a special interest in how the combinations of these meds can really change someone's life. It is nice to see some of the opportunities available in this field. 

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