Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship Program

Goals

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology seeks to prepare Neuropsychologists for independent practice in a hospital setting, scholarly activity, and board certification. There are two adult post doctoral positions with typically one opening yearly. The program is APPCN certified and follows Division 40 guidelines.

Individuals who complete the program will be able to provide neuropsychological evaluation of patients with actual or suspected neurological disorders and diseases, psychiatric disorders, and medical conditions associated with neurobehavioral disorders. They will be prepared to participate in specialty clinics centered on such disorders as dementia, epilepsy, and brain tumors, which involve an interdisciplinary approach to intervention. At the end of their first year they will take an APPCN developed multiple choice examination similar to the ABCN board examination as well as make formal presentations on various neuropsychological syndromes. Beginning in the their first year and continued during their second year, they will have developed research experience either collaborating with senior staff or independently. At the end of their second year the fellow will sit for a mock-oral board examination that follows ABCN oral board protocol as well as present at a departmental grand rounds . Our expectation is that the fellow will be prepared to sit for the board examination in Neuropsychology.

Responsibilities

Fellows will be responsible for the neuropsychological evaluation of clinic referrals. They will select appropriate tests, conduct interviews, administer neuropsychological tests, learn to work with psychometrists, participate in supervision, prepare reports, and learn to lead group supervision. They will provide consultation to referral sources as well as feedback to patients and family members and help in the training of medical residents rotating through the Division of Neuropsychology.

The fellow will be assigned three patients per week for evaluation.

Fellows will participate in research including grant preparation, study design and analysis of data, journal preparation/submission and conference presentation. Approximately 25-33% of the fellow's time is devoted to research. Fellows will participate in approximately six to seven hours of weekly didactic training.

Supervision

There is a minimum of 2.0 hours of weekly individual supervision.

Division of Neuropsychology

The Neuropsychology program includes five senior staff neuropsychologists including one pediatric neuropsychologist, three interns in the APA accredited program, several psychometrists, and clerical support staff.

Areas of training

Outpatient: Epilepsy, TBI, Sports concussions, Dementia, Stroke, Neuropsychiatric disorders, Brain Tumors, Movement Disorders, and Brain Stimulation.

Inpatient Consultation: Inpatient Neurology, Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery & Geriatric evaluations.

Fellow responsibilities

  • Conduct interviews, and select test batteries.
  • Administer, score, and interpret tests
  • Synthesize diagnostic impressions and recommendations into written reports.
  • Provide feedback.
  • Participate in, and present during weekly didactic series.

Research

  • Fellows will explore ongoing research programs to identify area(s) of interest or develop their own.
  • In year one, fellows will identify a research project to be completed by the end of year two.

Educational offerings

  • Neuropsychology Seminar: Course work, case presentations, journal club.
  • Professional Development Seminar: Bimonthly discussions of professional issues.
  • Grand Rounds in Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
  • Medical Neuroscience Course.
  • Brain Cuttings
  • Case Presentation
  • Neuroanatomy review
  • Special Topic Interests: forensics, ethics, and other areas of interest
  • Group Supervision: Second year fellow will learn how to lead group supervision of neuropsychological cases presented by interns.

Examination requirements

Year One

  • APPCN sponsored multiple-choice examination
  • Two presentations on syndrome analysis

Year Two

  • ABCN style mock fact finding oral examination
  • Grand Rounds presentation
  • Completion of research requirement
  • Rounding in specialty clinics

Educational resources

Networked AV capable computers, Computer based literature searches, On-Line Journals and books.

Salary and benefits

Stipend:1st yr: $37,500; 2nd yr: $38,000 Benefits: Full Med./Dental/ Vision. Three weeks of paid vacation and six paid holidays. Malpractice insurance is provided and licensing fees paid. $500 annually for professional development and travel.

How to apply

Contact the Brad Merker, PhD for more information

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