PA Psychiatry Training Program

Program Details

Our model focuses on developing highly trained physician assistants capable of working in both the inpatient and outpatient mental health setting.

A post graduate psychiatry residency program for physician assistants develops skilled mental health providers capable of working as an extension of our psychiatrists. This helps meet the growing mental health need in West Michigan. Utilization of these mid-level providers improves access and reduces wait times for community members.

The Michigan program began in 2016.


Pine Rest accepts graduates of accredited PA programs or practicing PAs looking for a career change.

Phase I

The PA Psychiatry Training Program combines both didactics and on-the-job training in outpatient and inpatient mental health settings. Each PA is provided with the necessary practical experience and CME credits to sit for the CAQ psychiatry specialty exam at the end of the 12 months.

Phase II

Upon successful completion of the training program, individuals will begin working independently as a psychiatric PA within a variety of outpatient and/or inpatient mental health settings (child and adolescent, adult and/or geriatric).

Each PA will work in collaboration with a supervising psychiatrist under a Delegation Agreement. This position is responsible for providing initial psychiatric assessments, medication management and giving referrals and advocacy services for patients.

Other responsibilities include upholding the highest quality care and keeping up with all best practices, standards and bylaws set by government agencies as well as Pine Rest.

Additional responsibilities as designated by department or group.

This position offers a competitive salary with a generous benefit package.

Program Requirements

  • Must be licensed or license-eligible in the State of Michigan to practice as a Physician Assistant.
  • Candidates must display a strong interest and aptitude for the practice of psychiatry.