Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Physician Assistant Postgraduate Program

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Physician Assistant Postgraduate Program

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.

We are not accepting applications at this time. If this should change in the future, the website will be updated to reflect the timeline for applicants to apply. Thank you for your interest.

What You Need to Know

Curriculum

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.

Clinical Rotations

Trainees will see a wide variety of normal development, as well as psychopathology, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Clinical rotations may include:

Inpatient 
  • 16-bed Inpatient Unit
  • Youth Crisis Stabilization Unit
  • Consultation-Liaison Service
Outpatient
  • Autism/Developmental Disabilities
  • Center for Family Safety and Healing
  • Forensics
  • Substance Abuse
  • School Consultation
  • Neurology
  • Primary Care
  • Other specialty clinics

Didactics

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.

  • Interviewing
  • Normal Development & Neuroscience
  • Child & Adolescent Psychopathology
  • Evidence Based Treatment
  • Pediatric Psychopharmacology
  • Family Therapy
  • Forensics
  • Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
  • Religion & Ethics
  • School Consultation
  • Social Welfare
  • Special Topics in Psychiatry
  • Readiness to Practice

Salary & Benefits

Salary

Trainees will receive a stipend of $60,000 for the 12-month program.

Benefits

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.

Holidays 

The hospital recognizes the following as paid holidays: 

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

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.

ACLS/PALS Certification

Trainees are eligible to receive ACLS and/or PALS certification and/or recertification paid by program.

Association Memberships

Memberships for some professional organizations (e.g. Association of Physician Assistants in Psychiatry) are covered by the program. 

See the Employees Benefits and Perks brochure for more information about insurance, financial and retirement plans, education and scholarship and wellness programs.

Application & Selection

Required Qualifications

  1. Master of Physician Assistant Studies from an accredited university
  2. Active certification by National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  3. Active Ohio Association of Physician Assistants (OAPA) licensure
  4. Commitment to practice at Nationwide Children's Hospital for one year following training

Required Application Materials

  1. Completed application form
  2. Current resume
  3. One page typewritten narrative stating why you are interested in becoming a Child & Adolescent Psychiatry PA
  4. PA Program transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  5. Three current professional letters of recommendation
  6. Official copy of NCCPA scores (if certified) – sent directly from NCCPA 

Those who have not taken the certification exam prior to the application deadline should include their anticipated test date on the application form.

Application Timeline

As of March 2017 we are not accepting applications at this time. If this should change in the future, the website will be updated to reflect the timeline for applicants to apply. Thank you for your interest.

Additional Resources

Learn more about Psychiatry and Community Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Contact

For more information regarding the program, please contact:

Program Director
Anna Kerlek, MD
Anna.Kerlek@NationwideChildrens.org

Program Coordinator
Evan Frere
Evan.Frere@NationwideChildrens.org
(614) 722-2454