Hello! I am looking for a preceptor in PA (prefer), MD or NY for my mental health rotation. It's the last one I need before I can graduate! Dates are 2/22/2020 to 3/24/20. My program offers $500 and tons of CME hours. Please let me know if you can help or know anyone who can. I can precept with anyone who works in mental health and writes scripts for psych needs. Feel free to DM me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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:
Hi fellow PA's. I practiced as a PA about a decade ago. I had children and began investing other interests such as mental health, spirituality and counseling.
I am now ready to go back to work and I've been thinking about my real love. It's sitting down with patients and really helping them with their lives, their emotional lives, their relationship with themselves and others. Helping them get honest with themselves about their troubles and sincerely find a solution. I guess it's bit like coaching and counseling without prescribing meds. I use a method called Non -Violent communication that really helps patients heal emotional discords.
I was initially going to start all over and get a degree in counseling or social work. But I have many years of counseling training and am very successful at it in private practice. So going back to school would really just be to satisfy employers. I sincerely feel that I have the skills and much training to be a therapist/counselor.
My question is does anyone know of PA's who focus on the mental counseling aspect of health without prescribing meds? I do not want to get into prescribing meds. I have seen countless patients heal through mental healing without the use of drugs. Am I way off track with this job description, is a PA and prescribing always go together? or Can you point me in the direction of others already doing what I would like to do? I want to decide whether to get re-certified as a PA or go back go in an entirely new direction and get a whole new degree as a mental health counselor. Where can I get answers on this?
I've struggled with mental health issues my entire life and like many others, my problems peaked while in college. I would like to briefly address it in my personal statement because I think it could help explain some of the weaknesses in my application but I don't want it to come off as an excuse. Also, I'm concerned that adcoms will then see me as mentally unstable or unable to handle the stresses of PA school and consequently not give me a chance. I am currently taking the steps to improve both my mental health and my application and I would address that as well but I'm wondering if I should even bring it up or if I should scrap that section altogether? (I'll be applying in a few cycles from now but it never hurts to start early)