The Psychiatry Physician Assistant Fellowship provides two unique and intensive training programs in psychiatry; General Adult Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Fellows gain experience in a variety of clinical settings with a diverse patient population. The program is balanced, with didactic education and training in psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, diagnosis, and management.
The fellowship combines a structured didactic program with a comprehensive clinical experience. The goal is to train PAs to become proficient clinicians, educators, and leaders in clinical and academic psychiatry. The training is based on a core curriculum of clinical assignments, seminars, and individual supervision. Fellows learn psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic treatments for disorders throughout the life cycle. The didactic curriculum complements the hands-on experience and is designed to help fellows acquire a comprehensive and current base of knowledge of psychiatry.
The program is 24 months in length.
The first year will include clinical rotations in:
- Adult inpatient psychiatry
- Consultation-liaison service
- Outpatient psychiatry clinic
- Substance use disorders
- Child and adolescent inpatient psychiatry
- Neurodevelopmental disorders
- Internal medicine
The second year is the Transition to Clinical Practice year. During this year, the department will work to place the PA Fellow in a practice setting the PA Fellow intends to work in after completion of the fellowship. During this year, PA Fellows will work more independently but still have immediate access to supervision from faculty. This year allows the PA Fellow to continue to build confidence and experience in psychiatry within an academic medicine environment. There will also be continued educational and training programs as well as opportunities to partake in research, teaching/precepting, and publications. The PA Fellow will also receive a generous and competitive salary during the Transition to Clinical Practice year.
Entry Requirements and Application
- Graduate from a physician assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) before start date
- Pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) before start date
- Licensed to practice as a PA in Missouri before start date
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Three letters of references, to include at least a letter from: 1) PA program director (if a recent graduate); 2) physician or PA who supervised the applicant on clinical rotation or in practice
To apply, please click here to download the application.
Program Start Date
The program start date for the general psychiatry fellowship is generally in the spring and for the child/adolescent fellowship is early fall; start dates can vary based on licensure and credentialing. Applications are accepted year round and interview scheduling begins four months prior to respective fellowship start dates. All application materials should be either emailed or mailed to the program director.
- Certificate of Completion
- A stipend of $60,635 for PGY-1
- A competitive and generous stipend for PGY-2
- Five weeks of vacation
- Sick leave
- Eligible for health, vision, dental and life insurance
- Books and other learning materials provided
- Paid educational leave to attend either the U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress or American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference