Curriculum, Pediatric

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Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology Curriculum

Focus on children & adolescents

For fellows in pediatric rehabilitation psychology, main clinical activities include:

  • Inpatient consultations
    • Typically requires the fellow to: respond within 24 hours of request, evaluate patient at bedside, write notes as required by Hurley standards, formally communicate with the referring physician.
  • Psychological Testing
    • Conduct psychological, neuropsychological, and cognitive assessments. May include determining necessity/appropriateness of testing for a given patient, with guidance from supervisors.
  • Outpatient Neuropsychological and Cognitive Testing
    • A fellow usually completes 20-30 outpatient evaluations during the first year and 30-45 evaluations during the second year. Completion of at least 50 outpatient evaluations is normally required to graduate in good standing from the Rehabilitation Psychology Fellowship. First-year fellows typically see one outpatient neuropsychology testing case every other week. Fellows are expected to complete their report within 1 week of the assessment and have 5 days to revise (per supervisor’s feedback), if needed. Common presentations include TI, sickle-cell disease, prematurity, genetic disorders, ADHD, learning disorders and autism spectrum disorder

Many clinical activities include one-on-one teaching/supervision from the supervisor. For example:

  • Individual Supervision
    • Fellows have a least two hours of individual, face-to-face supervision each week, plus two or more supervisors during any one training year. Supervision occurs in multiple settings, such as during rounds, on the floor during patient-care activities, via phone, email, text-messaging, outpatient office, and other contexts.
  • Patient-Care Rounds
    • The fellow participates weekly in patient-care rounds with hospital-based psychologists, exposing the fellow to patient-care coordination and discussions about clinical issues with deep educational value. Supervisors often conduct group discussions on educational topics that arise during clinical care.