The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Physician Assistant Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital trains Physician Assistants to deliver comprehensive, team-based care for children and adolescents with mental health disorders.
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.
The postgraduate program encompasses two major aspects of training; 13, four-week rotation blocks in conjunction with formal weekly didactics. Direct and indirect supervision will be provided throughout the program to prepare trainees to obtain prescriptive authority.
Trainees will see a wide variety of normal development, as well as psychopathology, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Clinical rotations may include:Inpatient
Trainees participate in didactics alongside the first and second year child and adolescent residents. This assembly of practitioners from different educational backgrounds and varying experience levels allows for enriched educational experiences for all involved.
Trainees will receive a stipend of $60,000 for the 12-month program.
Trainees in graduate medical education programs sponsored by Nationwide Children’s Hospital are employees of the hospital and as such are eligible for the same benefits that other full time staff receive – with the exception of paid time off, as well as some additional perks that are outlined below:
Paid Time Off/Vacation
Two weeks of vacation per academic year. A week is 5 weekdays + 2 weekend days.
14 days/equivalent of two weeks of sick leave for duration of program.
The hospital recognizes the following as paid holidays:
Trainees may be required to work some holidays, dependent on patient care responsibilities.
Professional Conference Funding
Trainees in good standing are encouraged to attend professional conferences. Programs receive funding annually for trainees to attend and present at conferences. Funds may be used toward conference fees, hotel, travel and meals. Final decisions on conference funds are made by the Program Director.
Trainees are eligible to receive ACLS and/or PALS certification and/or recertification paid by program.
Memberships for some professional organizations (e.g. Association of Physician Assistants in Psychiatry) are covered by the program.
See theEmployees Benefits and Perks brochure for more information about insurance, financial and retirement plans, education and scholarship and wellness programs.
Required Application Materials
Those who have not taken the certification exam prior to the application deadline should include their anticipated test date on the application form.
|December 2, 2016||All Application Materials Due|
|January 2017||Interviews (required for all candidates)|
|February 2017||Candidate Selection/Notification|
|March 20, 2017||Program Start Date|
Application materials must be submitted, preferably via email, to the program director, Dr. Anna Kerlek (Anna.Kerlek@NationwideChildrens.org) by December 2, 2016.
Applications may also be submitted by mail:
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Attn: Anna Kerlek
700 Children’s Drive
Tower Building, 4th Floor
Columbus, OH 43205
The Admissions Committee will review completed applications and select candidates to be invited for in-person interviews. All candidates will be notified if they were selected to interview by January 22, 2017.
Learn more about Psychiatry and Community Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.