Physician Assistant Post-Graduate Residency in Geriatric Medicine - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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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 elderly 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 clinical settings.

Objectives

• Add expertise in Geriatric Medicine to your PA credentials
• Enhance your skills, experience, and marketability
• Develop leadership, quality management, and presentation skills

Benefits

• No call; no night or weekend responsibilities
• Generous stipend: $85,631 for FY 2019
• Vacation time and sick leave
• Eligible for health, vision, dental, and life insurance
• Liability coverage

Educational Components

• PA Residency lecture series
• Geriatric immersion course and weekly educational sessions (held in conjunction with the Baylor College of Medicine Geriatric Medicine Fellows.)
• Rotation-based specialty lecture content
• Grand Rounds
• Faculty mentorship
• Quality Improvement project/Academic project
• Education and experience in developing and presenting academic presentation (Grand Rounds, etc.)
  
Residents have both outpatient continuity experience in the geriatric primary care clinic.

Month-long core rotations include:

• Long-term care
• Geriatric Psychiatry
• Hospice/Palliative care
• Home-based primary care
• Wound care
• Rural health/Community Based Outpatient Clinic
• Outpatient Geriatrics Clinic and clinic management

Electives available include, but are not limited to:

• Cardiology
• Pulmonary
• Endocrinology/diabetes
• HIV/AIDS/Infectious Disease
• Dermatology
• Neurology
• Orthopedics/PM&R

Additional Focus Areas

• Patient-centered care
• Care of the community-dwelling elders
• Long-term care and transisitons of care
• Cognitive assessment
• Mobility issues
• Goals of care planning
• End of-life care
• Team-based, interdisciplinary care
• Evidence-based medicine
• Ethical issues in Geriatric Medicine
• Healthy aging
• Holistic care of aging patients
 
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 register for PANCE*
• US citizenship

Required documents include:

• Transcripts from PA program and any graduate-level programs
• Current NCCPA certification or eligibility for certification
• Two letters of recommendation
• Personal statement

Reference Documents:

• PA Residency in Geriatrics Brochure
• PA Residency in Geriatrics Sample Rotation Schedule
• PA Residency in Geriatrics Application (For an application that can be filled out electronically, please email Michael.J.Anderson@VA.gov.)

Competitive applicants will be interviewed.
 
*If accepted, students must graduate prior to beginning residency. Accepted students are encouraged to receive board certification prior to beginning residency and are required to do so prior to graduation from residency.

Applications are being accepted. Please contact:

Michael J. Anderson, MPAS, PA-C
 Physician Assistant Residency in Geriatric Medicine

Michael E DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd., ECL (110)
Houston, TX  77030
Tel: 713-794-7375
  Email: Michael.J.Anderson@VA.gov or HoustonPAResidency@VA.gov

Key Faculty

Michael J. Anderson, MPAS, PA-C, Residency Director
Angela Catic, MD, Medical Director
Aanand Naik, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Academic Liaison
Carl Fasser, PA-C, Baylor College of Medicine PA Program, Academic Advisor