Interns in our program receive broadly-based training at this major academic medical center. We aim to develop individuals who establish excellent working relationships with patients, competently provide evidence-based assessments and interventions, work well with others in fast-paced interdisciplinary environments, and reflect the highest professional standards. The program provides core training in inpatient and outpatient adult and child psychiatry and a very broad exposure to health psychology such as integrated primary care, substance use disorders, onco-psychology, and neurorehabilitation psychology. The program will provide outstanding preparation for work in an academic medical center or other interdisciplinary medical settings. There are two tracks, the Comprehensive Track and the Underserved Populations Track. There is substantial overlap between the tracks and interns on both tracks work closely together.
Comprehensive Track. The Comprehensive Track offers a very broad range of mental health and health psychology exposures within an academic medical center setting.
Required and elective rotations and activities on this track are as described below:
Interns will participate in the following full (three month) rotations.
- Inpatient Adult Psychiatry Unit
- Inpatient Child Psychiatry Unit
Interns will choose two full elective rotations (three months each) from among:
- Cancer Center
- Neurorehabilitation Unit
- Primary Care Clinics
Interns will carry 12-15 outpatients in the outpatient Psychiatry Clinic throughout the year (6 hours per week).
Interns on Comprehennsive Track may elect a specialized mini-rotation in Psychosocial Evaluations for Medical Interventions Program or other specialty clinics, and may receive some exposures in pain management, neurology, and the bariatric program.
Underserved Populations Track. The Underserved Populations Track also offers a very broad range of mental health and health psychology exposures within an academic medical center setting with outreach into the community. It is intended for the intern who wants broadly-based training, but who foresees their career path including working in underserved communities particularly rural areas but also other underserved communities.
Underserved Populations Track interns will participate in the following full rotations (three months each):
- Inpatient Adult Psychiatry at KUMC
- Inpatient Child Psychiatry at KUMC
- Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHCSEK) Primary Care with Substance Use Disorders emphasis.*
Underserved Populations Track interns will choose an additional full elective rotation (three months each) from among:
- Cancer Center
- Neurorehabilitation Program
- Osawatomie State Hospital
Underserved Populations Track interns will carry approximately 10-12 outpatients throughout the year in the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic at KUMC (4 hours per week).
Underserved Populations Track interns will also:
- Receive specialized training in, and clinical experience with, the KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth system.
- Participate in preparing and presenting an educational offering to rural or other underserved area consumers, providers or the public.
- Participate in the Underserved Populations Touring Activity which will involve visits to multiple sites including FQHC’s, underserved community mental health centers, substance abuse clinics, and/or state hospital.
- Participate in a mini rotation in the Addiction Treatment Center at KUMC.
All interns receive extensive didactic training emphasizing clinical application. Didactics feature evidence-based practice, cultural competency and humility, and special topics such as health disparities and access barriers. There is a strong focus on developing an excellent knowledge of many medical conditions. A special seminar and experiential activities are exclusively devoted to diversity training. Interns receive training in supervision, educate other trainees in multidisciplinary settings, and present in a didactic format. All interns also work with a mentor to design and carry on a program evaluation.
*Interns on the Underserved Populations Track have a 3 month rotation at Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in Pittsburg, KS. Interns may elect to spend the week on-site in house in Pittsburg, KS paid by the facility as it is 1 hour, 45 minutes from the main campus. Travel to and from this site once per week is paid by a grant at 0.56 dollars.