The Psychology Department at University of Vermont Medical Center expects to have 4 internship positions available, one in pediatric psychology, one in adult medical psychology, and two lifespan positions that combine experiences from both tracks. Positions begin in July 2021. The University of Vermont Medical Center serves a population of more than 1 million people in Vermont and northern New York, is home to the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, and provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services across 10 Vermont Locations.
Pediatric Psychology: Training will focus on providing evidence-based behavioral health services for pediatric populations in academic medical center inpatient and outpatient settings. Interns will provide consultation/liaison to medical teams, brief assessment and intervention services to hospitalized children and adolescents and their families, and attend multidisciplinary rounds and care conferences. They will also offer services in outpatient multidisciplinary subspecialty clinics (e.g., CF, hem/onc, IBD, endocrinology, and transgender). Interns will function in primary care clinics using different models of integration. Consultation to primary care teams, provision of psychodiagnostic evaluations and short-term treatments for common concerns in the primary care setting, outreach to schools, and community-based organizations, and participation in quality improvement projects and interprofessional learning with pediatric residents will be key components of this rotation.
Adult Medical Psychology: Interns will provide consultation/liaison services to the inpatient medical units as well as to outpatient subspecialty clinics (oncology, cystic fibrosis) including brief diagnostic interviews, consultation with the medical teams, ongoing inpatient psychotherapy, attendance at multidisciplinary care conferences, and multidisciplinary rounds. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to pursue specialty experiences with service areas specific to substance use, chronic pain, and inpatient psychiatry.
Lifespan Psychology: this track is comprised of a combination of experiences from the pediatric and adult tracks. Typically, a lifespan intern will gain year-long experience on the adult consult/liaison service and in one of our integrated primary care clinics. They will have a six month rotation on adult hematology/oncology, as well as six months on the pediatric hematology/oncology service. In addition to those core experiences, they will have the opportunity to choose at least one (and potentially more) adult or pediatric track specialty experiences.
An individualized training experience within the general tracks offered allows us to tailor training opportunities to the specific clinical and professional development needs of the intern. Interns will be provided with a range of didactic experiences and mentoring to ensure core competencies are met and to help prepare interns for transition into entry level psychologist positions. Please see our Intern Handbook located on our website, for further details about the program.