Hurley Medical Center (HMC) offers two-year post doctoral fellowship positions in Pediatric Clinical Health Psychology, Adult Rehabilitation Psychology, and Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology each with an emphasis on hospital practice, consultation-liaison to medical units, and active participation in medical education. This fellowship is embedded in the Department of Psychology at HMC. By the end of two years, this fellowship will prepare individuals with superior clinical skills for leadership positions and careers in private practice, hospital practice, and medical education.
Hurley Medical Center is a 443-bed, public teaching hospital for Michigan State University that has been caring for the Flint community for over 100 years. It is the area's only Level I Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. HMC maintains collaborative relationships with the University of Michigan, Henry Ford Hospital, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Detroit Medical Center. HMC is also home to Hurley Children's Hospital, a Level III NICU, PICU, and Regional Burn Unit. The medical center is known as a regional leader in pediatrics, subspecialty care, and education. The Department of Psychology also participates in the Behavioral Medicine Consultation Liaison (CL) service during weekends which provides fellows with additional experiences with hospitalized patients who also have psychiatric conditions or complications. HMC offers numerous residency programs such as Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, and Combined Medicine/Pediatrics. As such, fellows have an opportunity to interact with over 80 resident physicians of various specialties as well as with over 50 medical students. Although formal didactics and lectures are provided, much of the teaching and precepting with medical students and residents occurs during the provision of various clinical services.
Adult Rehabilitation Psychology fellows have an opportunity to work with a variety of patients from diverse backgrounds and age ranges. Common conditions seen include stroke, traumatic brain injury, polytrauma, spinal cord injury, burn injury, psychological complications of acute or chronic illness, psychosomatic disorders, adjustment disorders, delirium, and other primary mental disorders. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation experiences are provided in both inpatient and outpatient settings throughout the fellowship.
The clinical work of the Pediatric Clinical Health Psychology fellow occurs in a variety of inpatient and outpatient pediatric settings and includes participation in inpatient consultation-liaison services, outpatient psychotherapy, assessment and intervention within several interdisciplinary clinics (e.g., cleft lip/palate, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease), and integrated primary care. Presenting issues are broad and span the domains of clinical health psychology and clinical psychology, exclusively within the birth to young adult population. Fellows participate in teaching pediatric residents as part of a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics rotation, and as part of an interpersonal and communication skills curriculum. Participation in collaborative research is also encouraged, but not required.
Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology fellows provide services in the acute/ICU, inpatient brain injury rehabilitation and outpatient settings throughout the fellowship. Fellows develop skill in assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with a variety of acquired neurological and developmental disorders such as: traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, epilepsy, CNS infections, autistic spectrum disorders, and genetic conditions.
A more detailed description of these three distinct positions can be found through the following links:
Adult Rehabilitation Psychology (recruiting for September 2017- August 2019 - open)
Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology (filled)