Curriculum

Separate curricular emphasis

The Department of Behavioral Health at Hurley Medical Center (HMC) - in partnership with Genesee Health System - is accepting applications for two full-time postdoctoral fellowship positions in Pediatric Clinical Health Psychology for the training year September 2019 to August 2020. Each one-year position has a different emphasis while sharing many curricular components. See Apply for eligibility requirements and application instructions.

How can candidates know if one of these positions will be a good fit? This program would match well to someone looking to further their education and training in pediatric clinical health psychology, who is interested in a career in pediatric psychology or medical education - and who would like to be an integral part of healthcare teams and teach others.

Fellow Position 1:

  • Major emphasis: Pediatric inpatient consultation-liaison services and neurodevelopmental assessment
  • Minor emphasis: Pediatric psychology outpatient services

Fellow Position 2:

  • Major emphasis: Pediatric integrated primary care and neurodevelopmental assessment
  • Minor emphasis: Pediatric psychology outpatient services

For both positions, presenting issues are broad. Within inpatient medical units and integrated primary care, presenting problems span the domains of clinical health psychology and clinical psychology. Within the outpatient behavioral health setting, presenting problems are specific to pediatric clinical health psychology. Examples include somatic symptom disorder, nocturnal enuresis, adaptation to chronic illness(es), and psychological or behavioral factors impacting a medical condition. Within the outpatient assessment setting, presenting problems will include fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, autism spectrum disorders and neurodevelopmental assessment as it pertains to lead exposure. Clinical services are initially provided alongside faculty, with a developmental approach to supervision employed to ensure increasing autonomy and readiness for independent practice by fellowship completion.

Teaching Activities

In addition to clinical activity, involvement in medical education is also a minor emphasis of the fellowship.

  • Teaching, instruction, and shadowing of pediatric medical residents
  • Formal didactic instruction to peers and medical residents on topics related to pediatric psychology, developmental-behavioral pediatrics, and communication skills
  • Community outreach

Educational Opportunities

The fellowship provides a robust pediatric clinical health psychology curriculum, along with many elective seminars and activities to deepen knowledge and skills, while preparing fellows for a long and successful career in pediatric psychology.

  • Pediatric clinical health psychology seminars*
  • Professional development, leadership, and management seminars*
  • Rehabilitation and neuropsychology seminars*
  • Pediatric medical seminars (e.g., grand rounds; morbidity, mortality and improvement; tumor board)*
  • Trauma conference
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Hospital-wide committee participation (e.g., ethics, diversity and inclusion council)
  • Book chapter review and journal club
  • Group supervision*

*Required educational experiences

Scholarly Activities

While a minor emphasis of the fellowship, the program ensures readiness for participation in scholarly activities and a scholarly approach to pediatric psychology practice through a robust educational curriculum. For those with more interest in scholarly activity, a variety of opportunities are available, with considerable support provided from fellowship faculty, an on-site library, and a dedicated research department at Hurley Medical Center.

Scholarly activities electively available for fellows include the following:

  • Collaborative research studies
  • Quality improvement projects
  • Program evaluation
  • Participation and eventual authorship of peer-reviewed works including posters, oral presentations, and journal articles