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Clinical Activities and Rotation Structure

The internship year is divided into four quarters, with one major rotation per quarter.  Interns also carry outpatients and perform psychological assessments throughout the year. For all interns, adult and child major rotations involving working with psychiatric conditions are required.  The adult major rotation will be on an adult inpatient psychiatry unit.  The child rotation includes training on an inpatient child psychiatry unit (or equivalent child experiences). Interns will select two other major elective rotations to complete during the other two quarters of the year.  These major elective rotations include training on a neurorehabilitation unit, an NCI-designated cancer center, or an integrated primary care clinic.  All interns will have exposure to many kinds of behavioral medicine assessments and interventions.  Interns will have exposure to individuals with many types of medical conditions. 

All interns are part of the same internship program and share its overall aims and competencies. However, there are two tracks within the program, the Comprehensive Track and the Underserved Populations Track. There is considerable overlap between the two tracks of the internship, and the full rotations of the Comprehensive Track are also available to the Underserved Populations Track. All interns on both tracks participate in the same core didactic offerings.  All interns receive an inclusive exposure to clinical activities within an academic medical center setting. Furthermore, all interns will receive a good exposure to didactic and clinical activities involving individuals from underserved populations. The Underserved Populations Track is intended for individuals who foresee their careers as involving working with disadvantaged populations, and particularly those in rural areas, and follows the Concentric Training Model described below.*  The primary difference in clinical exposures between the two tracks is that the Underserved Populations Track interns receive training and experience in telemental health in the KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth, have an intensive short-term exposure to rural or other underserved site, must have a Primary Care rotation, and will experience a broader exposure to underserved populations and communities in the course of their training.  In order to accomplish the full set of experiences of the track, the Underserved Populations Track interns will have somewhat reduced time (generally about 4-6 hours per week less) on major rotations.


Comprehensive Track:

Comprehensive Track interns will participate in the following required full rotations (three months each):

  1. Inpatient Adult Psychiatry
  2. Inpatient Child Psychiatry

Comprehensive Track interns will choose two full elective rotations (three months each) from among:

  1. Cancer Center
  2. Neurorehabilitation Program 
  3. Integrated Primary Care

Comprehensive Track interns will Comprehensive Track interns will spend 6-8 hours per week throughout the year in the outpatient Psychiatry Clinic.

Comprehensive Track will participate in Consultation/Liaison activities in the KU Hospital. Comprehensive Track interns may elect to do an activity with the Psychosocial Evaluations for Medical Interventions Program.

Underserved Populations Track:

Underserved Populations Track interns will participate in the following full rotations (three months each):

  1. Inpatient Adult Psychiatry
  2. Inpatient Child Psychiatry**
  3. Integrated Primary Care in KUMC Family Medicine Clinic including clinical exposure to a primary care clinic serving predominantly underserved populations such as the Duchesne Clinic or St. Francis Clinic.

Underserved Populations Track interns will choose an additional full elective rotation (three months each) from among:

  1. Cancer Center
  2. Neurorehabilitation Program
  3. Osawatomie State Hospital Rotation

Underserved Populations interns will spend 6-8 hours per week throughout the year in the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic.

Underserved Populations Track will receive specialized training in and clinical experience with the KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth system at KUMC.

They may also: 

  1. Participate in the Area Health Education Center's programming (Interns will prepare and present an educational offering to rural or underserved area consumers, providers or the public). 
  2. Participate in mentoring minority and/or disadvantaged high school, college or other students interested in careers in healthcare or similar grass roots mentoring activity.
  3. Participate in the Underserved Populations Touring Activity which will involve visits to multiple sites including FQHC's, an underserved community mental health center, and a state hospital.
  4. Receive a 1- to 2-week intensive exposure to a nationally recognized rural community health center.
  5. See patients from Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program during some of their outpatient Psychiatry Clinic exposure.

*The Underserved Populations Track intern stipends and additional training funding are made possible through a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). (HRSA-17-070). The project title is The Concentric Training Model for Predoctoral Clinical Psychology Interns:  Expanding the Workforce for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations (HRSA-17-070). The Concentric Training Model refers to an approach that presupposes that interns need the well-rounded training of an academic medical center in core mental health, integrated primary care and comorbid mental and medical conditions, as well as exposure to underserved populations through telemedicine and community on-site experiences.  The track is intended also to facilitate individuals committed to working with underserved populations to find careers in clinical activity, research, advocacy, directing programs and policy-making relevant to vulnerable and underserved populations.  The track is especially for individuals who foresee work in rural health and rural areas. The track also includes a program-specific competence, Underserved Populations Competence, which includes elements of (a) knowledge of health disparities, health care systems and barriers to access to health care, and (b) effective application of this knowledge-base in at least two of the following: clinical practice, advocacy, education, program direction/administration and/or research, with the goal of increasing service to underserved populations.

**Underserved Populations Track interns may be able to substitute other training with children and adolescents for their inpatient child rotation, as long as they receive multidisciplinary training in a variety of mental health diagnoses and treatment approaches such as those in Telehealth or Primary Care clinics, KUMC developmental disorders program, and/or inpatient behavioral pediatric consultation program.

It may help in understanding how the clinical activities for either of the tracks take place on a day-to-day basis by seeing an example of a weekly schedule for an intern for a given quarter:

Monday 8:00am - 5:00pm Neurorehabilitation Unit Supervisor: Dr. Kurylo
Tuesday 8:00am - 12:00pm Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic Supervisor: Case-Based
12:30pm - 5:00pm Neurorehabilitation Unit
Wednesday 8:00am - 12:00pm Neurorehabilitation Unit
12:30pm - 5:00pm Telemedicine Supervisor: Dr. Penick
Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm Neurorehabilitation Unit
Friday 8:00am - 9:00am Program Evaluation Supervisor: Dr. Hunter
9:00am - 10:00am Intern Didactic Series
10:00am - 12:00pm Individual Supervision Times
12:30pm - 5:00pm Neurorehabilitation Unit


The above schedule is for an intern on the Underserved Populations Track, but it would be similar for an intern on the Comprehensive Track.  In this example, the intern on the Comprehensive Track would not have the Telemedicine, and might have more time on the Neurorehabilitation Unit.

Below is a detailed summary of the clinical rotations and activities of the internship program, as well as the expected skills to be developed in each:

Detailed Description of Rotations and Activities

Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Program
(Full Required Rotation)
Supervisor: Albert "Buddy" Poje, Ph.D

Clinical psychology interns will be a part of the inpatient psychiatry treatment team at the KUMC Strawberry Hill psychiatric facility. As such, the clinical psychology intern will perform the following activities as a team member:

  1. Attend daily interdisciplinary psychiatry team staffing meetings to provide appropriate information regarding patients' diagnostic status, behavioral, emotional, cognitive and clinical functioning, response to treatments and interventions, and relevant inpatient and outpatient treatment considerations.
  2. Provide individual and group psychotherapy to patients while recognizing appropriate considerations given a patient's diagnostic, sociodemographic, social/environmental and neuropsychological status.
  3. Maintain an active caseload of patients during a given cohort's hospitalization through which psychological services are provided.
  4. Follow outpatients following discharge from the inpatient psychiatry service.
  5. Attend psychology supervision to facilitate team membership goals.  

The primary training goal of the rotation is to develop clinical expertise with this patient population. Participation as an inpatient psychiatry team member affords the intern an opportunity to be actively involved in a patient's care and provides robust opportunity for professional and clinical skill development.  

Skill Development Areas:  

  1. Understand a variety of psychotherapeutic interventions and treatment plans (e.g., CBT, DBT, interpersonal psychotherapy, problem-focused psychotherapy, client-centered, supportive) appropriate for implementation given the specific needs of an inpatient.
  2. Understand the potential impact of neuropsychological considerations and factors impacting a patient's behavioral, emotional, and cognitive functioning.
  3. Achieve skills relevant to psychological assessment and report writing relative to a patient's clinical and functional status (e.g., psychodiagnostic and cognitive testing/screening) in the context of a multidisciplinary psychiatric treatment team.
  4. Achieve expertise in working with patients of varying levels of functional difficulties.
  5. Interns will also be involved in general medical consultation-liaison services as part of the psychology consultation service.  This activity will allow application of skills developed in acute psychiatric practice to general medical patients, and the intern will develop competency in providing brief evaluation and intervention services with these patients.

Child Inpatient Psychiatry Rotation
(Full Required Rotation*)

Supervisors: Tyler Droege, Psy.D., Danielle Johnson, Ph.D.

The Child Inpatient Psychiatry Unit is housed at the Marillac Center of KUMC.  The psychology intern rotation will include multidisciplinary teamwork and provision of inpatient testing services at Marillac Center as well as group psychotherapy.  The facility houses both residential and acute psychiatric patients.  Most acute hospitalizations are short in duration, requiring timeliness in provision of testing feedback to the treatment team after administration of testing.  Interns will learn to effectively communicate with the treatment team and to recognize the limitations of assessment and intervention methods within the short time frame and acute nature of the inpatient stay. Interns will work together with treatment staff to coordinate and communicate their findings and recommendations to both treatment providers and patient's families and to write appropriate therapy notes.

This is a full rotation which will entail approximately 50-60% of the intern's time.  

Skill Development Areas: 

  1. Competently administer psychological evaluations to children and adolescents in an inpatient setting.
  2. Competently provide psychotherapy to children and adolescents through group, individual and/or family modalities.
  3. Work effectively with the inpatient multidisciplinary team.

Additional child psychology experiences may be available during the internship.  These include work with inpatients through Behavioral Pediatrics, as well as through the Center for Child Health and Development (evaluations of patients with questions of developmental disorders).

 *Underserved Populations Track interns may substitute other child experience in the inpatient program for child training available in several settings.

Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic
(Required Activity)*
Supervisors: Various Training Supervisors Supervise These Cases

All interns will participate in outpatient evaluation and treatment of patients with mental health needs, including both adults and children. These should include patients from the outpatient psychiatry clinic, and may include patients seen via telemedicine and various clinical placements and rotations.  Interns will carry a caseload of 12 or more patients who may be seen weekly, bi-weekly, or occasionally. This activity will take approximately 8 hours of the interns' time per week. Psychological evaluations may include evaluations for medical interventions (e.g., spinal cord stimulators, solid organ transplant), but should be supplemented by other assessment experiences with primary mental disorders such as adult ADHD and developmental disorders.

Skill Development Areas:

  1. Know how to deliver effective, evidence-based interventions to mental health patients on an outpatient basis who have varying mental health diagnoses. This should include, minimally, patients who have mood disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders and personality disorders.
  2. Know how to perform comprehensive psychological evaluations with outpatients utilizing objective, cognitive, and observer-focused instruments.

*Underserved Populations Track interns may be able to substitute telemedicine and other outpatient mental health treatment experiences for some of their outpatient psychiatry time if appropriate to their individual training goals.

Neurorehabilitation Psychology Inpatient Consult Service

(Full Elective Rotation)
Supervisor: Monica F. Kurylo, Ph.D., ABPP

The psychology intern is trained to perform basic and essential functions consistent with the work of a clinical psychologist on the rehabilitation, burn, and other medical units a hospital setting.  The intern works with the postdoctoral fellow and neurorehabilitation psychologist at KU Medical Center to provide services (brief screening assessments of cognition and mood, brief and focused psychotherapeutic interventions, psychoeducation, and occasional presentations to burn survivor and TBI survivor groups) to adolescents and adults with diverse diagnoses, that typically includes traumatic and non-traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, stroke, burn injury, limb amputation, orthopedic injuries, neurological diagnoses (such as multiple sclerosis and Guillian Barre syndrome), oncological diagnoses (including brain tumor and debility from treatments), solid organ transplants, and other medical conditions requiring rehabilitation services.  The intern also participates in providing consultation and services to burn, trauma/surgery, and other medicine services within the medical center.

The inpatient rehabilitation unit is a 29-bed acute and short-term rehabilitation unit for people with physical and cognitive difficulties resulting from trauma and/or disease.  The burn unit is a 15-bed unit including four ICU beds.  Each unit is staffed by a multidisciplinary team including rehabilitation medicine physicians (physiatrists) and medical rehabilitation resident physicians, rehabilitation nurses, occupational and physical therapists, speech language pathologists, a social worker, a nutrition specialist/dietician, a clinical pharmacist, an activities specialist, and the neurorehabilitation psychologist and postdoctoral fellow (neurorehabilitation psychology services).  The team meets twice weekly to discuss patients currently on the unit and determine treatment goals, plan of care, and discharge; the intern typically attends and participates in at least one of these two meetings each week.  On the burn unit, the intern typically also participates in weekly multidisciplinary burn unit staff meetings.

At the beginning of the rotation, interns will observe other therapy sessions on the rehabilitation unit (speech, physical, and occupational therapies) as well as social work/case management.  As a member of the rehabilitation and burn treatment teams, the neurorehabilitation psychology group (neurorehabilitation psychologist, psychology intern, and postdoctoral fellow) evaluates, monitors, and treats mood and cognition, administers cognitive and emotional screens, gives feedback and education to patients, families and staff, and provides psychological treatment (e.g., CBT, relaxation training, supportive counseling). 

The neurorehabilitation psychology group is also called to other units in the hospital for similar consultative services.

Skill Development Areas:  

  1. Independently conduct a neuropsychological screening evaluation, including administration and scoring of standard cognitive screening instruments.  Write an evaluation report, including elements found in medical records and in clinical interview with the patient and family, and formulate a treatment plan. 
  2. Independently conduct an evaluation of psychological functioning, including administration and scoring of standard screening instruments of mood.  Write an evaluation report including elements found in medical records and in clinical interview with the patient and family and formulate a treatment plan. 
  3. Have an understanding of a diversity of medical diagnoses and be able to apply that understanding to properly and thoroughly evaluate and treat the psychosocial needs of patients, provide education to patients and families, and work on a treatment team with staff to help them understanding how best to work with and treat patients with mental health and cognitive and behavioral needs in a medical setting.
  4. Work within a medical team setting to evaluate, treat, provide education to patients, families, and staff, and cooperatively intervene in conjunction with other health disciplines using best practices of care.  Provide brief verbal summaries of assessment findings on specific inpatient(s) to the inpatient treatment team during weekly staffing conference.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of and attend to issues of cultural and individual diversity as it applies to patients, their families, and staff, on the rotation. 

The University of Kansas Cancer Center
(Full Elective Rotation)

Supervisors: Jessica Hamilton, Ph.D., Heather Kruse, Ph.D., Marcus Alt, Ph.D., Elizabeth Muenks, Ph.D.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center is a comprehensive multidisciplinary outpatient facility which includes psychological services (psycho-oncology) for the patient population served. It is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center. The psychology intern at The University of Kansas Cancer Center provides services such as individual, couples or family therapy; pre-transplant evaluation for blood and marrow transplant; psychological testing or screening; health and behavior consultation and intervention; and urgent needs consultation to cancer patients.   The intern also provides consultation and works in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment teams throughout the cancer center. Such teams are comprised of oncology physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists, and medical assistants, along with medical trainees such as medical students and residents.   The intern may be involved in Tumor Board meetings as well as daily clinic activities.  The intern will serve patients in the outpatient treatment, clinic and consultation areas of the cancer center.  The intern will meet once weekly with a cancer center Psycho-Oncology faculty member for individual supervision and will also meet once weekly with all clinical Psycho-Oncology staff for group supervision.

This is a full rotation approximately 60% of the time.  

Skill Development Areas: 

  1. Gain an extensive knowledge of the variety of medical illness represented in the Cancer Center population.
  2. Conduct competent psychological evaluations and psychotherapy with individuals suffering from a variety of forms of cancer including brief and crisis-oriented therapy as well as more traditional therapy.

Integrated Primary Care Rotation* Family Medicine*
(Full Elective Rotation)
Supervisors: Wendi Born, Ph.D., Krithika Malhotra, Ph.D.

This rotation will involve the delivery of services within a primary care setting including underserved populations. Services may include psychotherapy individual, group and family, psychological evaluation and participation and consultation on a multidisciplinary team involving an innovative approach to patient care.  There will be focuses on both traditional delivery of mental health services in this population and, more importantly, the coordination of services with multidisciplinary involvement.

  1. Medical Student Clinic:  Every morning and Wednesday afternoons. Patients are treated in a team fashion and behavioral health issues are a common reason for the psychologist to be involved.
  2. Individual Patients by Appointment:  More traditional mental health or behavioral health concerns.  May include follow-ups from the Med Student Clinics visits.
  3. Behavioral Health Group: Focus on patients diagnosed with an anxiety or mood disorder.  Cognitive - behavioral focus. This is a full rotation of approximately 60% time.

Skill Development Areas:

  1. Work cooperatively as part of an interdisciplinary group during a primary care visit with caregivers from medicine, nursing, and pharmacy.
  2. Deliver brief behavioral interventions for common concerns, such as sleep problems, smoking cessation, depression, and anxiety in the context of an interdisciplinary primary care visit.
  3. Effectively document brief visits in ways that enhance patient care in a primary care environment.

Integrated Primary Care Rotation-Internal Medicine*
(Full Elective Rotation)
Supervisor: Elizabeth Collison, Ph.D.

This rotation will involve the delivery of services within a fast-paced primary care setting.  Services will include brief assessment to identify problem areas, collaborative selection of treatment targets, and goal-focused intervention with patients of the clinic.  Integrated behavioral health referrals are quite varied, but include: management of chronic medical conditions (diabetes, chronic pain, COPD, cardiac disease, sexual dysfunction, IBS), mental health conditions (depression, anxiety, panic, PTSD, alcohol or substance use/abuse, adjustment, grief), health risk behaviors/behavioral health conditions (diet/weight management, exercise/activity, insomnia, tobacco use, medication adherence, stress management), evaluation and intervention for suicide risk, inappropriate high utilization of medical services, and communication issues (patient/provider, assertiveness). This setting requires flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of patients and PCPs (primary care providers).

Skill Development Areas:

  1. Conduct brief review of medical chart to identify reason for referral, diagnostic and treatment history, and other likely areas of intervention.
  2. Build quick rapport with patients and provide brief informed consent in time-limited setting to reduce stigma for mental health and promote ease of access to services.
  3. Work cooperatively as part of an interdisciplinary setting with PCPs, nursing staff, social worker, dietitian, and clinic staff.
  4. Provide psychoeducation and deliver brief, evidence-based, mental and behavioral health interventions.  Use motivational and solution-focused interviewing strategies to promote patient strengths and change for improved health. 
  5. Assess therapeutic response and side effects of psychotropic medications, understand appropriate limits and boundaries when discussing medication concerns.
  6. Effectively document brief visits in ways that enhance patient care in a primary care environment.
  7. Communicate results of evaluations to the primary medical provider  
  8. Knows when to appropriately provide referrals to outside resources.

*All interns who have a primary care rotation will participate in either the Family Medicine Primary Care Clinic or the Internal Medicine Clinic or a combination of both. 

The Integrated Primary Care Rotation is a required rotation for Underserved Populations Track interns. These interns also have a portion of their primary care clinical exposure in a community clinic in an underserved setting such as the Duchesne Clinic, Bull Docs Clinic or St. Vincent Clinic.

University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth
(Open to Underserved Populations Track - Required Activity for Underserved Populations Track)
Supervisors:  Eve-Lynn Nelson, Ph.D. Elizabeth C. Penick, Ph.D., ABPP, and Edward Hunter, Ph.D., ABPP

The purpose of Telehealth Services at KUMC is to provide the citizens of Kansas the best available healthcare while providing Kansas' health professionals the best available health education.

Clinical telemedicine services connect patients and health practitioners throughout the state of Kansas. Many hospitals and clinics around the state are equipped with video conferencing systems that allow them to collaborate with KUMC to provide clinical consults. Physicians and patients can consult with other physicians or health care professionals who specialize in an area of need.   

Telehealth services have enabled many medical specialties to provide services to patients throughout the state. These services include adult and child psychology and psychiatry.  

Interns will participate in the provision of Telemental health services including psychological evaluations and treatment to patients in rural and other underserved areas throughout the state of Kansas.    

Skill Development Areas:

  1. Learn to use telehealth technology.
  2. Develop competence and experience in delivery of mental health services using telemedicine technology. 

Interns will typically devote approximately one-half day per week on the telemedicine services over the course of the year.

Osawatomie State Hospital Rotation
(Open to Underserved Track - Full Elective Rotation)
Training Supervisor: Aleen Dennis, Ph.D.

The psychology intern at Osawatomie State Hospital provides services including patient interviews, individual and group therapy, assessment of dangerousness, psychological testing, and neuropsychological screenings to adults with severe and persistent mental illness.  The intern provides consultation to patients and works with the interdisciplinary treatment teams (IDT) on the Managing and Preventing Symptoms Program (MAPS) for thought disordered patients.  There are two MAPS inpatient units at Osawatomie State Hospital, which are short-term to intermediate-term 30-bed units, each with an interdisciplinary team (IDT) composed of a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, and nurse.  The team meets daily, Monday through Friday, to evaluate and discuss patients receiving treatment on their respective unit, to develop treatment plans and goals, and to develop discharge plans.  The psychology intern works on the program, and participates in report and team meetings with the IDT, administers psychological testing, completes Dangerousness Risk Assessments, writes treatment plans, and provides individual and group therapies on the programs. An important aspect of this training is to learn how to conduct these clinical activities with sensitivity to the cultural, economic and geographical factors which affect treatment.  These factors can constitute barriers to high quality health care to the patient populations at the hospital that are considered to be underserved.    This is a full rotation (60% time) over a three-month period.  The intern travels to Osawatomie State Hospital in Osawatomie, Kansas (approximately 45 minutes south of the main campus of KUMC) three days of the week during the three-month rotation.   

Skill development Areas:

  1. Effectively participate in clinical meetings in a Multi-disciplinary Treatment Team and complete documentation. Competently complete 2 full psychological evaluations/reports.
  2. Effectively follow individual therapy patients through the rotation with supportive therapy and follow up and documentation.
  3. Competently, facilitate a psychotherapy group with a co-therapist through the rotation; documentation with progress notes.

The intern who selects the Osawatomie Inpatient Rotation is required to complete an additional background check and drug screen, as well as additional mandatory training of Osawatomie State Hospital's Hospital-Wide Orientation (2 days), *Therapeutic Options (2 days), and CPR (2 hrs.) before the intern is able to begin working on the treatment program. 

Other Activities

Underserved Populations Track Touring and Underserved Populations Leadership Meetings
(Required Activity for Underserved Populations Track)
Supervisor:  Edward Hunter, Ph.D.

This activity entails interns making a series of supervised day trips to several facilities in rural and urban underserved areas of Kansas and Missouri.  These will include a state hospital, Federally Qualified Health Center, and rural mental health center, American Indian reservation health service or research activity, and other sites as available in time permitting.  These take place on several days throughout the internship year. Each involve an orientation and/or meeting with facility or site staff who will provide information about the site, the populations served, the needs of the communities, opportunities for psychologists and other providers for service, and, as appropriate, a tour of the facility.   

Skill Development Areas:  

  1. Interns will increase their understanding of the types of facilities and settings in which rural and underserved populations may be or are served.
  2. Interns will learn about opportunities for service in medically underserved areas and more generally with underserved individuals.
  3. Interns will learn unique characteristics of particular facilities and the local cultures of several underserved areas in Kansas.
  4. This activity is anticipated to take four to five specific days spread over the course of the internship (interns will be excused from other activities to attend this activity).

This activity will take approximately four days spread throughout the course of the internship year.

High School Student Mentoring Program
(Required Activity for Underserved Populations Track)
Supervisor: Edward Hunter, Ph.D., ABPP

This activity enables interns and the internship program to foster the vocational development of high school, college or other students interested in health careers. Most of these students represent minority groups and all are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Skill Development Areas:  

  1. Provide support to a high school, college, or other student from a disadvantaged background interested in pursuing a health career.
  2. Present information about careers in psychology and other health fields at a level that is helpful to high school students and sensitive to cultural factors.
  3. Appreciate the cultural and economic barriers that affect students achieving their vocational goals. The activity will entail variable time depending on the relationship developed with the student.  Interns use emails, telephone calls and meetings to foster a constructive mentor-mentee relationship.

Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Activity
(Required activity for Underserved Populations Track Interns)
Supervisor: Edward Hunter, Ph.D., ABPP

This activity will help interns to learn local cultures in underserved areas and offer an educational presentation to consumers, professionals or the general public in these settings. Part of the activity will include the touring of relevant facilities in these communities as early as possible in the internship program. Interns will design a presentation or other educational offering. 

Skill development Areas:
 

  1. Gain an understanding of conducting a needs assessment in an underserved community.  
  2. Provide an effective educational offering sensitive to the cultural factors relevant to that underserved community.  

In addition to the touring activities, this activity is anticipated to take approximately 20 hours of the intern's time over the course of the year.  

American Indian Health Resources and Education Alliance Intern Activity
(Elective Activity Open to Underserved Populations Track Interns)
Center Director:  Christine Daley, Ph.D., M.A., S.M.

The Center for American Indian Community Health (CAICH) leads a major effort to reduce severe health problems facing American Indians.  CAICH works on community-based initiatives and applied research in Native communities. Specifically, the Center is focused on the reduction of health disparities in American Indian/Alaska Native populations, enhancing cross-cultural communication in the health care setting, and innovations in community-based participatory research. Key projects for CAICH include a culturally tailored smoking cessation program (All Nations Breath of Life), a culturally-tailored weight loss program (Native American Weight Loss Movement), multiple interventions addressing cancer screening, several environmental health programs, and a culturally tailored primary care screening program, among others.  CAICH has a training mission involving attracting American Indians into health careers. CAICH's goal is to train and educate the next generation of Native health researchers and health care professionals, anticipating they will return to their communities and help to address health disparities.

Psychology interns will meet with Dr. Daley and receive a detailed understanding of this patient population as well as tour of activities including grants and outreach programs. 

Skill Development Areas:

  1. Develop a basic understanding of American Indian/Alaska Native culture. 
  2. Learn means of enhancing cross-cultural communication in the health care setting.  
  3. Develop a basic understanding of community-based participatory research.

Other grant-based activities may become available during the internship year, and any grant-based activity offerings are dependent on available experience opportunities.

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