July 23, 2020
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center/Baylor College of Medicine
PA Residency in Mental Health/Psychiatry
The mission of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) / Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Physician Assistant Residency in Mental Health/Psychiatry is to graduate PAs who demonstrate clinical expertise in mental health care, high ethical behavior, strong leadership skills, cultural awareness, unsurpassed professionalism and a commitment to lifelong learning, who are prepared to care for the mental health needs of veterans and the general community.
During the year-long residency, PA residents should expect training in a dynamic clinical and academic environment, exposing the residents to basic and advanced psychiatric concepts and techniques. Training is provided in outpatient clinics, hospital inpatient units, and in psychiatric specialty clinics. Under the mentorship of our outstanding faculty, the resident gains the confidence and experience necessary to practice in a wide range of clinical settings.
The overriding goal of the program is to provide additional mental health/psychiatric education well-beyond that received during PA school. By completion of the residency, PA residents will exhibit competency in the following six areas: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism and Systems-Based Practice through increased mastery of knowledge, skills and attitudes required to function as a MH provider within the VA and other psychiatric settings.