Clinical Activities & Supervision
The clinical environment at Hurley Medical Center provides for advanced learning experiences for those specializing in adult or pediatric rehabilitation psychology. As a Level 1 Trauma Center and a Children's Hospital, Hurley provides a wide case mix for learning. First-year fellows typically have 15-25 hours of patient contact per week, providing targeted assessments, interventions, and real-world practice. In many circumstances, fellows - with input from their supervisors - can select cases that will best enhance their knowledge base, providing a wide-ranging learning experience. Fellows learn evidence-based practice and how to develop and monitor appropriate treatment plans.
Main clinical activities include:
- Inpatient consultations
- Psychological Testing
- Outpatient Neuropsychological and Cognitive Testing
- Individual Supervision
- Patient-Care Rounds
Two tracks: Adult & Pediatric
Adult Rehabilitation Psychology
Fellows in the Adult Rehabilitation Psychology track work collaboratively with outpatient and inpatient teams. As a Level 1 Trauma Center, Hurley provides a broad range of complex cases, where fellows can learn with ample 1-on-1 supervision.
Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology
Hurley is a Children's Hospital, so fellows on the Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology track commonly see presentations of TI, sickle-cell disease, prematurity, genetic disorders, ADHD, learning disorders, and autism spectrum disorder.
The fellowship provides a robust rehabilitation psychology curriculum, along with many elective seminars and activities to deepen knowledge and skills, while preparing fellows for a long and successful career in rehabilitation psychology.
- Weekly rehabilitation health psychology seminars*
- Professional development, leadership, and management seminars*
- Adult medical seminars (e.g., noon conferences, grand rounds; morbidity, mortality and improvement; tumor board)*
- Graduate Medical Education Combined Lectures (e.g., professionalism, wellness, cultural sensitivity, corporate compliance, confidentiality, risk management, health disparities, population health, quality and patient safety)*
- Trauma conference
- Hospital-wide committee participation (e.g., ethics, diversity and inclusion council)
- Book chapter review and journal club
*Required educational experiences
Sharing your knowledge
The program provides a scholarly approach to rehabilitation psychology practice and provides a robust educational curriculum.
1 scholarly project required during the entire fellowship period
- On-site 24/7 medical library
- Dedicated research department
- Faculty support mentorship
Types of scholarly activities available:
- Collaborative research studies
- Quality improvement projects
- Program evaluation
- Participation and eventual authorship of peer-reviewed works including posters, oral presentations, and journal articles
Medical education is a minor emphasis of the fellowship.
- Teaching, instruction, and shadowing for medical residents and medical students
- Formal didactic instruction to peers, medical residents and medical students on topics related to rehabilitation psychology, psychological testing, and neuropsychological and cognitive testing
- Community outreach
- Supervision of practicum students
- Curriculum development
- Eligible for faculty appointment from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine