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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...

https://www.managedcaremag.com/archives/2018/1/shrinking-psychiatrist-shortage

  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:

https://medicine.yale.edu/psychiatry/education/medstudents/pa.aspx

https://medicine.uiowa.edu/psychiatry/education/fellowship-programs/physician-assistant-pa-psychiatry-fellowship

https://www.houston.va.gov/Education/Physician_Assistant_Residency_Mental_Health/Physician_Assistant_Residency_Mental_Health.asp

https://www.novanthealth.org/careers/psychiatric-fellowship.aspx

https://www.carolinashealthcare.org/education/Center-for-Advanced-Practice/Fellowships/Behavioral-Health

https://medicine.missouri.edu/departments/psychiatry/fellowship-program/physician-assistant-fellowship

http://www.brookdalehospital.org/psychiatry-residency.html

 

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