Externship Rotations

Consultation Liaison Service
This rotation consists of inpatient hospital work across all medical departments. You will provide bedside assessment, consultation, brief CBT, ACT, and mindfulness skills. Patients are referred from across all medical departments and include Trauma, Oncology, Cardiology, Surgery, Critical Care, Pediatrics/PICU, General Medical/Surgical, and Emergency Medicine presenting with a variety of issues (e.g., adjustment to illness/injury, pain management, cognitive dysfunction, end-of-life issues, coping with treatment, marshalling social supports). There is extensive collaboration with medical teams, providing feedback and recommendations for care with goal to address psychological challenges related to medical illness.

Research – Students will provide screeners and interventions for Trauma patients with elevated blood alcohol levels upon admission.  Students will also provide screeners for septic patients to assess depression, anxiety, trauma, and cognitive issues. Ongoing studies include examining adjustment to ostomies, satisfaction with Behavioral Medicine services and identifying personality attributes that are predictive of trauma symptoms. If students want to initiate health psychology research, we are very supportive of this!

Groups – Development of support groups for patients and families across many areas including Oncology, Trauma, Peds, ICU groups, cardiology, and others.

Comprehensive Early intervention Care Center (CECC)/Infectious Disease
Integrated primary care focused on HIV population (also including high-risk pregnancy, HepC clinic, women’s health); community-based clinic; consultation with a multidisciplinary medical team (ID physicians, Addictions Medicine, medical case management, pharmacy, psychiatry, advanced practice nurses). There will be some opportunities to see HIV and Infectious Disease patients inpatient as well.

Research – involvement includes completion of structured clinical interviews (CDQ) for new patients, brief annual assessments of cog function, dep/anx, and substance use; involvement with Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP) of NJ and County Jail care coordination project.

Groups – Development of support groups for HIV patients – med compliance, managing chronic medical issues

Urban Health Institute (UHI)
OP/IP clinical experience for medically compromised Camden population with co-morbid psychological challenges (depression, anxiety, compliance, poor lifestyle choices, etc). Background in MI is helpful. You will be able to see the same patients inpatient and outpatient, with the goal of reducing their inpatient admissions due to psychiatric issues and medical non-adherence. You will work collaboratively with physicians, social workers, and health coaches. There will be the opportunity to run groups to address diabetes, compliance with medical care and other topics.

Groups – Development of variety of support groups for medically compromised patients – med compliance, managing chronic medical issues, DM mgmt, mindfulness, etc.

OB/GYN, NICU, and Pediatrics 
IP Clinical experience evaluating all NICU families upon admission to the hospital and managing distress related to pre-mature births and medical issues for the infant. OP Clinical experience maintaining caseload of Women/Families who have had challenging pregnancies or NICU infants.

General Pediatrics Primary Care: Provide brief evidence-based assessment and psychotherapy for children to manage anxiety, depression, and externalizing behavioral concerns

Groups – Opportunity to develop support groups for PPD, NICU families, coping with loss, etc.

ALL: Opportunities for assessment of cognitive functioning/neuropsych (MOCA, MMSE, RBANS) brief assessment of mood functioning (HADS, PTSS, PHQ9), opportunity for broader assessments as well

ALL: Opportunities for Groups/individual therapy on our Inpatient Psychiatry unit working with individuals with Serious Mental Illness. ** This may become a formal rotation for 2 full days, additional information to follow as Match Process continues.

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