Nationwide Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Physician Assistant Postgraduate Program, the first of its kind in the country, was established in 2015 in response to an increasing need for advanced psychiatric practitioners in Central Ohio and its surrounding communities. The program has been approved for provisional membership with the Association of Postgraduate Physician Assistant Programs (APPAP).
During the 12-month program, trainees participate in didactics and supervised clinical experiences in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Trainees are exposed to the entire continuum of mental illness and behavioral health care. Special emphasis is given to developing competency in psychiatric evaluation, medication management, inpatient psychiatric consultation, crisis intervention, outpatient psychotherapy, and community behavioral health.
The program is designed to train Physician Assistants to deliver comprehensive, team-based care for children and adolescents with mental health disorders.