The Psychiatry Physician Assistant Fellowship provides two unique and intensive training programs in psychiatry; Adult Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Throughout the twelve month program, fellows will gain experience in a variety of clinical settings with a diverse patient population.

The program is balanced with didactic education and clinical training. Through both didactic education and direct patient care, fellows will receive extensive clinical education in psychiatric pathology and etiology, psychiatric evaluation and diagnostic formulation, psychopharmacology, medicolegal and ethical principles, electronic medical record training and patient management from experienced psychiatrists and other School of Medicine faculty.

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 part of the University of Missouri School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry where PA fellows are supervised, supported, mentored, and taught by dedicated faculty physicians. As part of an academic medical center, PA fellows are provided with the unique opportunity to train in an academic medical center dedicated to offering continuing medical education and compassionate care. The fellowship closely mirrors a psychiatric physician residency program and fellow will have the unique opportunity to work and train along psychiatric resident physicians. Upon graduation, PA fellows will have the training, experience, and confidence to provide a wide-range of psychiatric services in almost any clinical setting.

Didactic Training

  • Weekly didactic lectures
  • Grand Rounds
  • Journal Club
  • Case Conferences
  • Quizzes
  • CME opportunities

Clinical Training

Advanced clinical training in:

  • Adult inpatient psychiatry
  • Consultation-liaison service
  • Outpatient psychiatry clinic
  • Substance use disorders
  • Child and adolescent inpatient psychiatry
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Integrated medicine
  • Neuromodulation (ECT, TMS, VNS, Esketamine)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Research and publication opportunities

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
  • Transcripts
  • 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.

Credentials Awarded

  • Certificate of Completion

Benefits

  • Competitive Fellowship Salary of $60,635 for PGY-1
  • Five weeks of vacation
  • Sick leave
  • Eligible for health, vision, dental and life insurance
  • Books and other learning materials provided
  • Unique opportunity to train along psychiatry resident physicians with comprehensive, direct and individual training from experienced attending Psychiatrists and PAs within the University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Direct hands-on training
  • Research opportunities
  • Dedicated faculty and support staff
  • Professional mentorship
  • Admission to U.S Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress or American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference
  • Preparation for NCCPA CAQ-Psychiatry CAQ Examination including: required CME, clinical experience, and test preparation
  • Paid subscription for NCCPA Psychiatry CAQ Question Bank (Rosh Review)
  • To date 100% pass rate for NCCPA CAQ-Psychiatry for program graduates
  • To date 100% pass rate for NCCPA CAQ-Psychiatry for program graduates
  • Opportunity to increase starting salary rate and competitive advantage for graduates of advanced fellowship training programs
  • 100% employment following graduation from fellowship of all graduates