Behavioral Health Physician Assistant Fellowship
OverviewThe Denver Health Physician Assistant Post-graduate Fellowship in Behavioral Health will provide an intense, well-rounded, 12 months of clinical and didactic training to facilitate a successful career as a behavioral health physician assistant. Fellows will engage in core training in behavioral health to achieve the fellowship’s mission to develop physician assistants with expertise in the clinic care of patients with psychiatric and substance use disorders. Upon completion of this program, PA fellows will have the knowledge and skills necessary to make them successful practitioners of behavioral health in a variety of clinical settings, and will be prepared to apply for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Psychiatry Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ).
Curriculum Experience & ObjectivesInter-professional faculty designed an evidence-based curriculum for physician assistants who successfully complete an accredited physician assistant program. Behavioral health PA fellows will rotate through four core training areas, for three months in each rotation. At the conclusion of each rotation, PA fellows should be able to:
|Psychiatric emergency services||
|Outpatient behavioral health||
In addition to rotational experience, PA fellows will engage in weekly seminars, case conferences, faculty meetings, and grand rounds. They will participate in bi-weekly journal club meetings facilitated by an addiction psychiatrist, and will have one half-day per week dedicated to developing an academic project related to advocacy, community engagement, quality improvement, or scholarly work.
- The program has the following start dates: Sept. 1, Dec. 1, March 1, and June 1. Application deadlines are four months prior to the start date.
- A DEA license must be obtained within the first 90 days of starting in the program.
Requirements & Eligibility
Criteria for admission include demonstration of empathy, compassion, and excellence in medicine. The fellowship values a diverse workforce. A competitive application process selects physician assistants based on the following:
- Graduation from a PA program approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
- Colorado PA licensure or eligibility
- Official transcripts from colleges/universities and the PA program
- Current Curriculum Vitae
- Three professional letters of recommendation
- Personal interview
- Maximum class size of 2 fellows per year
- Stipend $60,000 for the one-year program
- To start the application process, contact Michelle Gaffaney, Behavioral Health PA Fellowship Associate Program Director: Michelle.Gaffaney@dhha.org
Contact the Program
If we can provide you with any further information, please contact us.
Christian Thurstone, MD
Michelle Gaffaney, PA
Associate Program Director
Fellowship Administrative Support