Behavioral Health Physician Assistant Postgraduate Fellowship
The Pacific University Physician Assistant Postgraduate Behavioral Health Fellowship provides an intense, well-rounded, 12 months of clinical and didactic training to facilitate a successful career as a behavioral health physician assistant (PA).
The fellow will engage in advanced practice training in behavioral health in accordance with the fellowship’s mission to provide PAs with expertise in the clinical care of patients with psychiatric and substance use disorders. Upon completion of this program, the PA fellow will have the knowledge and skills necessary to make them a successful practitioner of behavioral health in a variety of clinical settings, and will have completed the prerequisites to apply for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Psychiatry Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ).
Curriculum Experiences & Objectives
Interprofessional faculty and medical community partners have collaborated to create an evidence-based curriculum for PAs who successfully complete an accredited physician assistant program. The behavioral health PA fellow will rotate through three to four training areas, depending on the fellow’s goals for their fellowship year and future clinical practice. At the conclusion of each rotation, the PA fellow should be able to:
Psychiatric emergency services and inpatient psychiatry (child/adolescent, adult inpatient, psychiatry consultation-liaison)
Outpatient behavioral health (adolescent and adult community outpatient clinic)
Substance use treatment center (inpatient and outpatient addiction consults)
In addition to clinical rotations, the PA fellow will engage in the didactic curriculum including supervision, lectures on psychiatric medications, journal club, preparing and providing select lectures on behavioral health topics to Pacific University’s School of PA Studies students, and grand rounds.
Given that 2021 is the inaugural year of Pacific University’s PA Postgraduate Fellowship in Behavioral Health and given recent changes in healthcare in response to the global pandemic, we have designed the fellowship to have some customization based on the fellow’s areas of clinical interest.
- The postgraduate fellowship starts on Sept. 1, 2021.
- A DEA license must be obtained within the first 90 days of the start of the program.
Requirements & Eligibility
- Graduate from a PA program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on the Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
- Oregon PA licensure or eligibility
- Official transcripts from the applicant’s PA program (unofficial are acceptable for the application, official are required prior to start of fellowship)
- Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Three professional letters of recommendation (see application for details)
- Personal interview
- One fellow will be accepted for the 2021-2022 fellowship year
- Stipend $65,000 for the 2021-2022 one-year fellowship
- Other benefits include PTO, CME, interprofessional practice equity and inclusion training, medical and dental insurance, and licensing and other professional fees
- To begin the application process, please apply here
Why Specialize in Behavioral Health as a PA?
The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) estimated in 2018 that, out of approximately 140,000 certified PAs, only 1.5% — approximately 1,470 PAs — practice in psychiatry. At the same time, Current Psychiatry says the current number of psychiatrists is declining and expected to reach an all-time low by the year 2024.
For general questions, please email InterprofessionalClinic@PacificU.edu
Pacific Interprofessional Clinical Team
Charles Bentz, MD, FACP
Behavioral Health Fellowship Medical Director
Pacific Interprofessional Clinic
Rebekah Ratzlaff, PsyD, LP
Behavioral Health Fellowship Director
Pacific Interprofessional Clinic
Mary Von, DHEd, PA-C
Program Director / Professor
Pacific University School of Physician Assistant Studies