Physician Assistant Child/Adolescent Psychiatry

Patient Care Providers
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Classification: PA/ PD03
Department: Psychiatry
Percent of Time: 100%
Salary: $95,000 to commensurate
Staff Type: Allied Health Professional
Type of Position: Regular
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa’s only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients.


Perform direct patient care including psychiatric diagnostic evaluations and medication management services with physician supervision in the outpatient clinic as well as the emergency room. Within the Physician Assistant (PA)/Physician relationship, PAs exercise autonomy in medical decision-making and services provided. Assist in educating healthcare students, residents and fellows as they rotate through the respective departments and divisions. This position will work in the Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic and the Crisis Stabilization Unit.


  • Assures clinical competency and expertise in area of own specialization. Follows universal precautions.
  • Aids in evaluation of psychiatric outpatients, including changes in course of illness and response to treatment.
  • Provides emergency evaluations in the child and adolescent clinic and in the emergency room.
  • Assists in evaluation of medication side effects.
  • Provides anticipatory guidance and counseling to patients/families.
  • Collaborates with nursing staff/nursing administration to monitor and evaluate the quality of patient care.
  • Documents patient assessment and plan of care in the medical record and generates appropriate health reports for outgoing correspondence.
  • Promotes health maintenance that spans the continuum of health from outpatient to inpatient settings and back to the home care arena.
  • Maintains awareness of health facilities, agencies and resources in order to facilitate the appropriate referral of patients.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with faculty, staff, residents, students and the public.
  • Serves in a consultative and resource capacity to other divisions, the department, and the community as needed.
  • Serves in a consultative resource capacity by providing expert knowledge and role models behaviors skills that impact clinical practice and patient outcomes.
  • Participates in the development, utilization and evaluation of resources to meet patient/family educational needs.
  • Provides education and serves as a resource for nursing staff in area of clinical expertise.
  • Provides education to external agencies, community, and other health professionals.
  • Provides leadership to incorporate research findings into practice.
  • Participates in development and implementation of divisional and departmental quality assessment/improvement/research programs and processes.
  • Assumes responsibility for administrative activities and special projects as delegated by the Medical Director.
  • Contributes toward the achievement of divisional and departmental goals as delegated.
  • Professional Responsibilities
  • Participates in activities that enhance clinical expertise.
Receives supervision and direction from Colleen Brems, APP Lead and daily supervision is received from faculty assigned to the clinic each day. Receives clinical supervision through collaborative practice agreement.


Functional supervision is exercised over support staff.
  • Must comply with registration and licensure requirements as specified by the Iowa Board of Physician Assistant Examiners which include graduation from an accredited PA educational program and/or certification by the NCCPA 
Required Qualification
  • Demonstrated clinical experience in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Evidence of ability to function with a high degree of independence while actively collaborating with health care members providing care for highly complex patients
  • Physician Assistant post-graduate training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Knowledge of University of Iowa policies and procedures.
  • Experience working in a mental health clinic.
  • Experience with multi-disciplinary process improvement.
Please attached a cover letter and resume as part of the application process. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information, please contact Matt Karp, Administrative Services Coordinator,
Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check, verification of education and certifications.  

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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