Clinical Rotation Descriptions


The clinical experiences are intended to provide exposure to a wide range of mental health disorders including those manifesting in psychiatric populations as well as mental health problems in patients with a variety of medical illnesses.  Interns are involved in four major rotations during their internship year, each for one quarter of the year.  A major rotation involves approximately 60% of their time during that quarter.  All interns have two required rotations (inpatient adult and inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry) and two elective rotations (choices between primary care, neurorehabilitation, and cancer).  Over the course of the year, they also carry a caseload of outpatients in four to eight hours of time in the outpatient psychiatric clinic.  They also conduct consultations throughout the main hospital and clinics. 

Outpatient Psychiatry Service.  The Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Service includes:  The Medical Office Building and other patient care areas in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in which faculty and trainees including clinical psychology interns see patients to provide clinical services. Required Major Rotation.

Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit.  The Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit is an 18 bed inpatient psychiatric unit for acutely ill psychiatric patients.  The Unit offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary team experience for the psychology intern.  The intern also works with trainees in a variety of disciplines which may include psychiatry, social work, nursing, and occupational therapy.  Required Major Rotation.

Child Inpatient Psychiatry Unit.  The Child Inpatient Psychiatry Unit is housed at the University of Kansas Hospital - Marillac Campus.  This inpatient psychiatry unit provides the intern with exposure to acutely ill psychiatric patients who are children or adolescents.  The Unit offers a short stay in a dynamic multidisciplinary team treatment setting.  There is a strong emphasis on psychological assessment.  The intern also works with trainees in a variety of disciplines which may include psychiatry, social work, nursing, and expressive therapies.  Required Major Rotation.

Neurorehabilitation.  The inpatient unit serves a population with rehabilitation needs such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke.  Interns receive training in neurocognitive assessment in addition to treatment, and may receive some training in neuropsychological assessment in this setting.  The intern works with a multidisciplinary team including trainees from other fields (e.g. medicine, occupational therapy.)  Major Elective Rotation.

Primary Care.  Interns work in the Family Medicine clinic using an integrated model.  The intern rounds with a team including physicians, pharmacology students, medical students and other students.  They provide, often immediate, behavioral health interventions, and may follow up with patients.  Major Elective Rotation.

Consultation and Liaison Service.   Psychologists are also consulted throughout the Hospital for many behavioral medicine issues, and interns participate in evaluations and interventions with these patients. The intern may do consultations through the psychodiagnostic program for medical interventions.  Required Activity.

The Cancer Center.  The cancer center is a comprehensive multidisciplinary outpatient facility which includes psychological services (psycho-oncology) for the patient population served.  Interns work with a multidisciplinary team providing evaluation and therapy to cancer patients.  Major Elective Rotation.

Supplemental Activities:  While interns experience a wide range of clinical and didactic training involving underserved and disadvantaged individuals. Some interns may be interested in doing a project or other activity of special interest with such persons.  This may include experience in the telemedicine and telehealth system, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, the Bull Docs Clinic at Wyandotte High School, touring of underserved community facilities such as a federally-qualified health center and/or mental health center, participating in mentoring a high school student from a disadvantaged background, presenting an educational offering to an underserved community, or doing a grant program research activity.  Some of these additional activities are subject to grant funding, availability and other time commitments.

Service delivery expectations are as follows: All interns must devote at a minimum of 1800 hours (usually 2000 hours) to the internship activities during the year of training. A minimum of 900 hours of direct service is required. Direct service includes clinical psychological assessment, clinical psychological testing, clinical psychological intervention, consulting, test scoring and interpreting, report writing, and documentation.

Last modified: Nov 09, 2016
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