The fellowship seeks to train psychologists in the specialty area of health psychology within a primary care setting. Fellows will have a well-rounded experience in teaching, research and clinical practice.
The fellowship offers numerous clinical training experiences that can be generalized to a variety of settings but focuses in depth on treating patients who experience acute/chronic health complaints that often present in primary care settings. Therefore, fellows can expect to work with hypertension, diabetes, obesity, insomnia, chronic pain, endocrine disorders, etc. In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to manage a variety of Axis I and II disorders that are often co-morbid with these health complaints.
The fellowship program seeks to provide fellows with a breadth of experiences in diagnoses while providing brief interventions and short-term therapy. Furthermore, fellows will be expected to engage in research and will be provided with opportunities to collaborate on existing projects and initiate original research.
Finally, fellows supervise and teach medical residents and students in a variety of topic areas such as communication and interview skills, recognition of Axis I and II disorders, physician impairment/wellness, etc. Fellows will be prepared to pursue positions within, but not limited to, academic medical centers, hospitals/medical centers, and primary care clinics.
Due to the nature of the setting, fellows can expect to participate in a variety of activities during a “typical” work week. The family medicine clinics are open from 8 a.m.- p.m.; fellows’ daily schedules follow this pattern, with flexibility. Fellows are required to participate in three half-days of clinical work each week and have a minimum of 2 hours individual supervision and 2 hours of group supervision weekly. Outside of these activities, the fellow’s schedule consists of teaching, clinical, research, administrative and professional development activities that can be adapted within reason to reflect his/her career objectives. An example of a fellow’s weekly activities is outlined below: