Site Name: Ponce Health Sciences University
Department: Psychology Internship Consortium (PSMHS-PIC)
Following review of applications, candidates are invited to group and individual interviews with staff from the Consortium programs where they are being considered. Group interviews are conducted with supervisory staff and current interns and are designed to evaluate candidates' ability to engage in collaborative discussion of a topic related to the focus of the program. A topic might be a clinical scenario, a policy issue, or a professional issue pertinent to the program. Subsequently, interns will attend individual interviews which are directed toward more closely evaluating a candidate's affinity and competencies for the training offered in the program. This is also an opportunity for applicants to obtain additional information about specific programs which will help them optimize their rank ordering decisions. Candidates receive scores on their group and individual interview performance. On the basis of scores obtained in both interviews, and discussion of the admissions committee, candidates' rankings in the Match are determined and submitted to ROLIC.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, and throughout the time when executive orders mandating social distancing are in place, arrangements will be made to conduct the interview process in a virtual manner using Zoom. Therefore, group interviews will likely be conducted employing "breakout rooms" on the day of the group interviews and individual interview would also be conducted via Zoom. These arrangements or other modifications to the process will be made in compliance with any directives issued by local health authorities in order to ensure the safety of all parties. All applicants will be fully appraised of how procedures will be implemented in all stages of the admissions process.
The Psychology Internship Consortium at the Ponce Health Sciences University (former Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences) is a APA-accredited program that seeks to provide a comprehensive range of training experiences in evidence-based practices of Health Service Psychology within a biopsychosocial frame of reference. The training has a practitioner-scholar philosophy and is of a generalist nature. However, specialized training experiences afford interns opportunities to develop skills in the areas of integrated pediatric and adult primary care, health psychology, neuropsychology, developmental disorders and autism, and personality disorders. Interns receive intensive supervision in individual and group formats and are required to attend a variety of didactic training programs at their sites as well as at the Consortium-wide training activities. Interns are represented and provide input to the Consortium Training Committee on a regular basis. Interns receive a minimum of 4 hours of weekly supervision in both, individual and group formats, including direct observation and live supervision. Additionally, all interns participate in regularly scheduled didactic trainings within their specific programs as well as in trainings developed for all interns in the Consortium.
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Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:
for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.