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University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine – PA Residency in Psychiatry

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine – PA Residency in Psychiatry https://medicine.uiowa.edu/psychiatry/education/fellowship-programs/physician-assistant-pa-psychiatry-fellowship
UI Department of Psychiatry
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242

University of Iowa – PA Residency in Psychiatry
Located:  Iowa City, IA
Application Due Date: Rolling – ideally by April 30
Start Date:  Flexibly – typically September 1
Stipend:  “Stipend”
Certificate Awarded: “Certificate”
Class Size:  1-2
Duration: 12 Months

Contact Information

Michael Flaum, MD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

8956 JPP

Iowa City, IA 52242

Tel: 319-356-7849

Fax 319-353-2587

Michael-flaum@uiowa.edu

OR

Don St. John MA, PA-C

Tel 319-353-6314

Fax 319-353-7788

200 Hawkins Drive

1910 JPP

Iowa City, IA 52242

don-stjohn@uiowa.edu

 

 

 

Program History and Description

Started in 2006 by the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, the program is designed to prepare PA’s for careers in psychiatry. The impetus for the program was the psychiatric workforce shortage in the state of Iowa, and it is partially funded by the Iowa Legislature. Thus, applicants who are intending to practice in Iowa will be prioritized.

Length

One year (52 weeks). Our preferred time period coincides with the July-June medical academic year, but dates are flexible for qualified applicants coming directly from PA programs with graduation times incompatible with the medical academic year.

*Note: Applicant should have current Iowa license or be in process of obtaining an Iowa license prior to commencement of the training program.

Training

PA fellows will rotate along with psychiatry residents through various inpatient and outpatient services. While the curriculum can be individually structured to some extent, it has typically consisted of:

Inpatient rotations (total of 5 months)

  • 1 month in inpatient psychotic disorders unit
  • 1 month in inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit
  • 1 month in inpatient mood disorders unit
  • 1 month in inpatient child psychiatry unit
  • 1 month in dual diagnosis (substance abuse and mental health) partial hospital program

Outpatient rotations: (total of 7 months)

  • Adult outpatient clinic (3 days / week)
  • Child outpatient clinic (1 day / week)
  • Telepsychiatry and outreach clinics (1 day/week)

Duty Hours

  • Typically 5 days / week, limited to 50 hours total.

Instruction

The program requires participation in weekly Anesthesia Grand Rounds, Critical Care Core Curriculum lectures and other lectures specific to ICU care. The Critical Care faculty arranges daily bedside teaching rounds with the cases presented by the house staff. Bedside rounds permit one-on-one patient focused care and learning, including procedural skills and topic oriented discussions.

Supervision

Physician Assistants practice in accordance with all applicable JACHO, state, federal, and municipal regulations. Their clinical activities are conducted under the active Iowa license of a physician approved by the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners to supervise Physician Assistants. PA supervision shall be conducted as mandated by the OBME.

Call

It is our firm belief that night call is a vital component of critical care training. Fellows are expected to take night calls after an appropriate orientation period. Post-call days are off, and call is limited to no more than four overnight calls per month.

Evaluation

Daily evaluations by CC faculty during rounds, presentations, conference participation, procedures, patient, family & staff interactions. In addition, a formal end-of-year evaluation will be held.

Entry Requirements

  • Graduate of an ARC-PA accredited PA program
  • Have passed, or be eligible to take, the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE)
  • Licensed to practice as a PA in Iowa (Prior to Start Date)
  • Completion of all application requirements
  • Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  • Resume/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of references, to include a letter from:
  • PA program faculty member
  • Physician or PA who supervised the applicant on clinical rotation or in actual practice
  • Personal reference
  • Personal interview

Selection Criteria

  • Interest in psychiatry and intention of working in psychiatry
  • Commitment to working in the state of Iowa post-fellowship
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate
  • Sound academic ability
  • Strong work ethic

Program Start Date

Anticipated start date has typically been September 1, but there may be flexibility in this.

Process and Timetable

Applications are accepted at any time.

Credentials Awarded

  • Certificate of Completion

Salary

Stipend of $65,000 plus generous benefit package.

To Apply, Please send Cover Letter, CV and Three references To:
Michael Flaum, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

8956 JPP

Iowa City, IA 52242

Tel 319-353-4340

Fax 319-353-2587

Michael-flaum@uiowa.edu

OR

Don St. John MA, PA-C

200 Hawkins Drive

1910 JPP

Iowa City, IA 52242

Tel 319-353-6314

Fax 319-353-7788

don-stjohn@uiowa.edu

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