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 between eight and twelve outpatients within eight hours of outpatient time, and conduct consultations in throughout the main hospital and clinics including specialty programs such as bariatric evaluations.  All four of the positions have this basic structure and core of activities/roles.  However, there are two tracks, a Comprehensive Track and an Underserved Populations Track.  The Underserved Populations Track receives several supplemental activities to the basic core; for instance, some of their outpatients may be seen via telemedicine.  These interns may also be able to take part in one additional elective option at the state hospital for one quarter.

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.  Patients are of diverse cultural backgrounds and are diagnosed most commonly with disorders such as Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, and Developmental Disorders.     

Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit.  The Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit is a 20 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.  

Child Inpatient Psychiatry Unit.  The Child Inpatient Psychiatry Unit is housed at the Marillac Center, an off-site facility.  Marillac Center is staffed by the University of Kansas Medical Center Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty including psychology.  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.  The intern also works with trainees in a variety of disciplines which may include psychiatry, social work, nursing, and expressive therapies. 

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. 

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

Consultation and Liaison.   Psychologists are also consulted throughout the Hospital for many behavioral medicine issues, and interns participate in evaluations and interventions with these patients.

The Cancer Center.  The cancer center is a comprehensive multidisciplinary outpatient facility which includes psychological services (psycho-oncology) for the patient population served.

Telemedicine and Telehealth.  The KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth offers telemedicine services utilizing interactive televideo for consultations between healthcare providers and patients. The Kansas telehealth network has access to over 100 sites throughout the state.

Osawatomie State Hospital (tentative). This site in a nearby rural community serves seriously mentally ill patients in a variety of programs for conditions including aggression, mood disorders, and thought disorders.  

Other Sites and Activities.  Training is offered in several other areas at the medical center including the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, and several grant programs treating, researching, or educating individuals with health conditions in underserved areas or to underserved individuals.  

Our Advisory Consortium Group may recommend additional medical center or community-based settings for supplemental training for interns in the underserved populations track.  

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.

Detailed Description of Rotations and Activities (Projected for 2015 - 2016)

Last modified: Oct 01, 2014
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