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The Mississippi Psychology Internship (Residency) Training Program is a consortium between the Division of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and the Psychology Division of the Mental Health Service at the G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). The consortium has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since its inception in 1964.
The Training Consortium offers a wide variety of clinical and research opportunities during the internship year, which are consistent with the Consortium's training goals for interns.
Training Goals for Interns
In addition to these general competencies, our Consortium provides opportunities to develop specialized competencies (e.g., DBT, dissemination, etc.) through our various training rotations and curricular offerings.
The Mississippi Consortium endorses a cognitive-behavioral orientation within a scientist-practitioner model. Interest in, and experience with, this approach are important selection criteria. Interns gain clinical experience with a wide variety of patient populations and across multiple settings through inpatient, outpatient, and community placements.
Additional clinical opportunities occur through the General Psychology Clinic, where interns gain experience working with longer-term outpatient cases, and can receive supervision from Consortium psychology faculty other than their rotation supervisors. Interns are expected to accumulate at least 500 face-to-face clinical hours during the internship year, with 86 of those contacts occurring through the General Psychology Clinic. A unique aspect of clinical experiences offered through the consortium includes the racial/ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of patient populations served at both UMMC and the VAMC. The Mississippi Psychology Internship Training Program currently has 11 internship slots, six of which are funded by VAMC and five funded by UMMC. Regardless of funding source, interns are able to participate in rotations both at UMMC and the VA during the training year. The typical intern class consists of eight interns with an adult emphasis and three interns with a child emphasis.
To facilitate growth and successful progress in the program, interns receive formal evaluative feedback on their progress on training goals/objectives during each rotation and at the mid- and end-points of the training year. They must demonstrate autonomy or minimal need for supervision on 80% of competencies assessed to complete internship.
During the training year interns participate in the program's Practice and Dissemination Curriculum, as well as seminars and grand rounds.
See Practice and Dissemination Curriculum for detailed information.
The consortium offers a series of seminars that cover a broad range of topics, including professional development, grant writing (See Research Opportunities below for more information), assessment and treatment approaches with specific populations, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, research methodology, legal and ethical issues, cultural diversity, and supervision. A Research Rounds/Case Presentation series is presented by interns and post docs. Interns are expected to present a job talk during the fall and a clinical case in the spring to fellow interns, post docs, and faculty. Finally, many other seminars, rounds and informal presentations offered by other departments are open to our trainees.
The Mississippi Consortium has a strong reputation for providing excellent professional development seminars aimed at psychology interns who intend to have an academic/research career. The professional development seminars include topics that range from negotiating salaries and start up packages to purchasing one's first house to work/life balance.
While clinical training activities play a paramount role in our program, interns are expected to maintain active involvement in research as well. A high percentage of psychology interns have authored or co-authored multiple publications based on their research activities during the internship year. Interns are provided with protected research time each week and are expected to use that time for Consortium research including but not limited to submission of a first-authored publication or an equivalent research product under the supervision of consortium faculty during the training year. Failure to meet research expectations will not result in failure of the internship program (as long as the intern achieves a rating of at least high intermediate on the Scientific Knowledge and Methods and Research/Evaluation domains), but may result in intern protected research time being reassigned to meet other training goals. Interns from the 2013 class had an average of 4.0 (1.6) submitted/in press peer-reviewed publications with consortium faculty during the training year and 6.3 (2.2) total research projects during the course of the year. This number does not reflect additional publications interns submitted/published with their graduate school mentors.
Close supervision on all aspects of research comprises an integral component of the internship program. This is accomplished by assignment of a research preceptor whose research interests and experience are consistent with the interests or goals of the intern. These assignments occur 2-3 months prior to the start of the training year and are based primarily on intern rankings.
It is expected that interns will conduct research with their preceptor. However, interns may also work with other faculty members whose research is consistent with their program of research. Independent research opportunities also are available. Didactics on grantsmanship are part of the internship training experience. The grant writing seminar is an 11 to 12 session series led by consortium faculty members who have a strong history of attracting NIH funding and have considerable experience reviewing NIH grants. Interns are encouraged to begin, and perhaps complete, a draft of their own independent grant by the end of the internship year. To facilitate achievement of these research goals and expectations, interns receive an average of at least 8 hours of research time per week: 4 hours of weekly protected research time and an average of 4 or more hours per week that is negotiated with rotation supervisors.
Significant resources are available to support research training activities. PCs are easily accessible with primary software packages including MS Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), STATA and SPSS among others. Laboratory and A/V equipment include psychophysiological assessment and biofeedback equipment, video recorder/playback systems, DLP projectors, etc. Online survey and data management services are available through Qualtrics and REDCap. The Rowland Medical Library offers excellent facilities and receives all major psychology journals; in addition, the vast majority of these journals are available electronically. The capacity for database searches Medline, ERIC, CINAHL, HEALTH, PsychINFO and PsychLit (Psychological Abstracts) is available on-site and remotely.
Interns accepted to the internship program receive different funding, depending on the source of funding. Selection as a UMMC-funded or VAMC-funded intern depends on the interests of the intern (e.g., those with interests in the child track are funded by UMMC), interns' US citizen status (e.g., non-US citizens must be funded by UMMC), and recommendations for funding made by the consortium resident training committee. UMMC-funded interns are paid a minimum of $24,843 and receive the state financial health insurance plan, which is covered in their pay. VA-funded interns are paid a minimum of $23,974 and are able to choose from a variety of federal health insurance plans which are not covered in their pay. Interns funded by the VA accrue 13 days of vacation, 13 days of sick leave, 10 Federal holidays, and are granted up to 10 days of additional release time to attend professional conferences and educational programs. UMMC-funded interns accrue 18 days of leave a year, 13 days of which are designated vacation or personal leave and 5 days of leave to pursue employment opportunities. Additionally, there are 10 paid holidays and professional leave time is available to attend conferences and for other professional experiences.
The internship year begins on July 1, and runs for a full year, through June 30.
Upon entry to our program, interns receive a copy of our policy and procedures manual which includes information on grievance processes, disciplinary actions (including termination), and addresses issues pertaining to impaired interns.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center adheres to the principle of equal educational and employment opportunity without regard to race, sex, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, disability or Veteran status. This policy extends to all programs and activities supported by the Medical Center. Under the provisions of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the University of Mississippi Medical Center does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities with respect to admissions or employment.
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