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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Physician Assistant Post-Graduate Residency in Geriatric Medicine

Mission

The mission of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) / Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Physician Assistant Residency in Geriatric Medicine is to provide a superb educational environment in which certified Physician Assistants (PA-C) are trained to work within an interdisciplinary team to provide the highest level of patient-centered care for Veterans with complex medical issues.

Overview

Training for the year-long residency occurs in a dynamic clinical and academic environment, to expose the residents to basic and advanced geriatric concepts and techniques.
 
Training is provided in clinics, on hospital units, and across a broad continuum of care from house calls to hospice.

Under the mentorship of our outstanding faculty, the resident gains the confidence and experience necessary to practice in a wide variety of academic and private settings.

Objectives

• Add expertise in Geriatric Medicine to your PA credentials
• Enhance your skills, experience and marketability

Benefits

• No call
• No nights or weekends
• Generous stipend
• Vacation time, sick leave
• Eligible for health, vision, dental and life insurance
• Liability coverage
• Potential for Loan Forgiveness Program
• Time in residency applies to federal longevity

Educational Components

• PA Residency lecture series
• Weekly lectures
• Service-based specialty lecture content
• Guest speakers
• Grand Rounds
• Conferences
• Faculty mentorship
• Quality Improvement project
 
Residents have both inpatient and outpatient continuity experiences with geriatric and extended care patients. Month-long core rotations include:

• Long-term care
• Geriatric Medicine consults
• Geriatric Psychiatry
• Hospice / Palliative care
• Home-based primary care
• Wound care
• Rural health
• Administrative/Practice management

Electives available include, but are not limited to:
• Cardiology
• Endocrinology/diabetes
• HIV / AIDS / Infections Disease

Additional Focus Areas

• Patient-centered care
• Comprehensive discharge planning to prevent readmissions
• Cognitive assessment
• Mobility issues
• End-of-life care
• Team-based, interdisciplinary care
• Ethical issues in Geriatric Medicine

 
Admission Requirements

Qualified applicants must have each of the following by the time of application:

• Graduation or anticipated graduation from an ARC-PA accredited PA Program
• Certification by NCCPA or eligible to sit for exam
• US citizenship

Required documents include: transcripts from PA program and any graduate-level programs, documentation of NCCPA certification or eligibility, two letters of recommendation, personal essay. Competitive applicants will be interviewed.
 
*If accepted, students must graduate and receive board certification before beginning residency.

Applications are being accepted. Please contact:

Program Coordinator
Physician Assistant Residency in Geriatric Medicine

Michael E DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd., ECL (110)
Houston, TX  77030
Tel: 713-794-8766
Fax: 713-794-8875
Email: HoustonPAResidency@VA.gov

Key Faculty

Lurie McAdow, PA-C, Residency Director
Aimée D. Garcia, MD, Medical Director
George Taffet, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Academic Liaison
Shelley J. Gold, LCSW, Social Work Director
Carl Fasser, PA-C, Baylor College of Medicine PA Program, Academic Advisor 
Elisabeth Pous, Residency Coordinator