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Pediatric Psychology Fellowship at Hurley Medical Center

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Hurley Medical Center / Michigan State University
Flint, Michigan

Starts on Monday, September 2, 2024

Applications due Friday, March 1, 2024

Program Description

The Pediatric Psychology Fellowship at Hurley Medical Center provides a capstone, advanced training experience in pediatric psychology. The program accepts 2 fellows annually to participate in a 12-month experience, and prepares fellows for a variety of high-demand, pediatric psychology positions through it's emphasis on clinical training, professional identity formation, and mentorship. Program content is informed by accreditation standards set by the American Psychological Association, the current needs of an evolving healthcare climate, and the needs of its trainees. Training occurs in an atmosphere of cultural diversity, cultural humility, equal opportunity, and inclusion. Postdoctoral fellows are deeply integrated into collaborative healthcare teams and the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Pediatric Residency Program at Hurley Medical Center. They also interact with fellows from other Flint-based postdoctoral fellowship programs and partners within the community. 

Program Aims and Competencies

Postdoctoral fellows are exposed to a diverse and rich educational environment that supports growth and preparedness for independent pediatric psychology practice by program completion. The fellowship has two primary aims as follows: 

  • Advanced practice competency in Pediatric Psychology.
  • Preparedness to effectively fulfill professional, non-clinical roles within and outside medical education.

In addition, the fellowship monitors progress toward readiness for independent practice within the following seven domains of competence: 

  • Assessment and Intervention

  • Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Professionalism

  • Science

  • Systems-Based Practice

Program Administration, Faculty, and Staff

The fellowship program is subsumed within Graduate Medical Education at Hurley Medical Center. As such, the program receives support from, and directly reports to the Director of Institutional Operations at Hurley Medical Center. The Program Director is responsible for the program at-large. With support from the Associate Program Director, the Program Director monitors the quality of educational experiences, supervision, and clinical activities; as well as the compliance of those involved with program requirements. Fellowship faculty each provide evidence-based, culturally-informed clinical services in one or more pediatric psychology practice settings; faculty also provide didactics and educational experiences outside of patient care. In addition to the faculty listed, other professionals provide didactics within their areas of expertise in support of fellow growth. Supervisors provide formal, one-on-one &/or informal supervision to fellows. Program staff include one or more program coordinators, as well as setting-specific support staff that support patient care activity. 

Diversity & Inclusion within the Training Program 

Our program defines diversity broadly. We acknowledge the multicultural identities of individuals, which reflect intersections between a variety of dimensions. Diversity, inclusion, and equity are deliberately woven into all elements of the fellowship program and training experience. In this way, the fellowship program supports recruitment and maintenance of diverse individuals, continuously strives to maintain a safe and inclusive environment, and continuously advances fellow and faculty’s culturally competent & humble practice. Our commitment to diversity is reflected in our inclusive and culturally mindful procedures, policies, practices, oversight, and evaluation of the program, didactics, faculty, and leadership.

Wellness & Health Promotion

Personal wellness is critical to sustained functioning as a pediatric psychologist. The fellowship program models wellness, encourages self-care, and provides fellows with the time and resources to promote personal health and maximize growth throughout the training experience. Fellows receive a competitive salary & benefits aligned with resident physicians at the same level of training within Hurley Medical Center. Wellness-promoting activities are also deliberately incorporated into the curriculum and training experience.

Clinical Care

Clinical care provides advanced learning experiences in culturally-informed and evidence-based targeted interviewing, assessment, and intervention. In these ways, clinical experiences during fellowship ensure graduates can effectively treat pediatric patients in interprofessional healthcare settings. Clinical care assignments are longitudinal & occur concurrently. The average clinical caseload and clinical hours vary based on fellows’ clinical experience and learning needs. In many instances, fellows collaborate with their supervisors to choose cases that enhance their knowledge and ensure a wide range of learning experiences.

  • Fellow Position 1 Clinical Care Services: Inpatient pediatric psychology consultation-liaison | Neurodevelopmental assessment | Pediatric psychology outpatient services

  • Fellow Position 2 Clinical Care Services: Pediatric integrated primary care | Neurodevelopmental assessment | Pediatric psychology outpatient services

For both fellow positions, presenting issues are broad. Within inpatient medical units and integrated primary care, presenting problems span the domains of clinical health psychology and child/adolescent 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 neurodevelopmental assessment setting, presenting problems may include fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, autism spectrum disorders and neurodevelopmental assessment as it pertains to lead exposure. The patient population consists of children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of multicultural identities that reflect diversity in race/ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability status, socioeconomic status, level of education, and health beliefs & behaviors.

Additional Information

Agency Type
Childrens Hospital
APPIC Membership
APA Accredited
Recognized Specialty
Clinical Health Psychology
Emphasis or focus area
Other Emphasis
Pediatric Psychology, Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychology, Integrated Primary Care, Consultation-Liaison, Outpatient Pediatric Health Psychology, Neurodevelopmental Assessment, Assessment, Medical Education, Academic Medicine
Research Time
Less than 25%
Training Director
Rebecca Ellens, PsyD
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Virtual Interviews
Virtual Only
Duration in Months
Hours Per Week
# of Licensed Supervisors
Number of Positions
Applications recieved last year
Will follow APPIC Selection Standards
Estimated offer date
Sunday, March 31 2024
Created Date
Tuesday, September 22 2020
Unfilled Positions
Fringe Benefits
- $1,500 continuing education fund (for conference attendance, books or journals, computers or tablets) - $800 meal stipend for use while working - 2 Monogrammed White Coats with Hurley Children's Hospital and Michigan State University Logos - Affordable health, dental & vision insurance for self or family - including partners and dependent children, biological or otherwise - Professional liability, life, and disability insurance (paid for by Hurley Medical Center) - Ample vacation time, bereavement leave, sick time, interview or wellness time, conference time, and holiday time - Free and building-adjacent parking at all settings of fellowship activity - Clinical instructor/fellow appointment with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Department of Pediatrics - Benefits & discounts associated with Michigan State University faculty appointment. Ask the Program Coordinator for more information. - Benefits, discounts, and perks associated with employment by Hurley Medical Center. Ask the Program Coordinator for more information. - Cafeteria and coffee shop on-site (at Hurley Medical Center) - Eligibility for public student loan forgiveness (PSLF) program - Graduate Medical Education-Wide wellness liaison available for support and to obtain wellness resources - Highly learner-centered environment (education over service/productivity; flattened hierarchy; safe and growth promoting educational environment) - Non-program affiliated mentor appointment - On-site exercise room - Physician’s lounge with filtered water, coffee, juices, and a variety of food items - Private, secure lactation rooms on-site - Protected time for wellness events and wellness promotion - Strong professional identity formation and professional development support (built into the curriculum; standing agenda item within supervision) - Strong inclusion, equity, and diversity incorporation into all training elements - Scholarly dissemination support money (separate from allotted CME funds) - Spiritual support sites
Research opportunities
The fellowship ensures a scholarly approach to pediatric psychology practice through an educational curriculum, fellow participation in journal club, faculty modeling, and an evidence-informed approach to all fellowship activities. For those with more interest in research activity, a variety of opportunities are available with faculty and research staff support. Interested fellows often co-author peer reviewed national presentations (posters, oral symposia) and publications.
Additional Comments
The fellowship includes additional required experiences as follows: - 1 lecture to pediatric physician residents (large group, in-person format) - Facilitation of 1 EDI-enriching session - Passage of the EPPP - Fulfillment of any 2 of the following offerings: Community-based activity of the fellow's choosing (up to 2), Medical education activity (up to 2), Data analysis and submission in a peer-reviewed context (acceptance not required; up to 2), Data-driven quality improvement project (up to 2) Fellows generally work Monday through Friday from 8a-5/5:30pEST (no on-call hours), with a 1-hour midday break. A given week consists of the following activities: - 2 hours of one-on-one formal supervision - Didactic attendance comprised of 2-4 pediatric psychology curriculum hours and 1 pediatric medical residency curriculum hour - 4 half days of either integrated primary care or inpatient consultation-liaison service (patient volume during half days is commensurate with fellow's developmental level) - 3 half-days of neurodevelopmental assessment (patient volume commensurate with learner's developmental level) - 1 half-day of outpatient-based pediatric psychology evaluation and intervention services (patient volume commensurate with learner's developmental level) - 1 half-day of non-clinical, self-directed time (clinical documentation, care coordination activities, fellowship-required activity preparation time, EPPP study time).
Application Instructions
To apply, submit application materials directly to the Program Director (Dr. Rebecca Ellens) by email at RELLENS1@HURLEYMC.COM. Please submit the following: Curriculum Vitae, Personal Statement, Graduate School Transcripts (may be unofficial at the time of application, with official provided after interview offer), and three letters of reference with contact information, one of which must be from your current clinical supervisor (please include their name, credentials, professional title(s), and relationship to you). Letters of recommendation can be submitted by the referees or the applicant. Application Review: Applications are not reviewed until all materials are received. Completed applications are initially reviewed by the Program Director, Associate Program Director, program faculty and current pediatric psychology fellows. Following initial review, the Program Director determines which applicants will and will not be invited for an interview. NOTE: All applicants who submit a complete application will either be invited for an interview, or notified that they were not selected for an interview. Interview Information Dates: January 08, 2024 | January 16, 2024 | January 19, 2024 | January 26, 2024. Additional dates will be offered as needed. Method: Interviews are to be held virtually using Zoom (audio and visual). To support equity in experiences for all involved, in-person tours and introductions will not occur before interview offers are made unless deemed essential to decision making by the applicant or program. We appreciate your understanding! Time: Interviews are generally held from 830a-1230pEST or from 1230p-430pEST. Alternative start/end times can be made to accommodate differing time zones upon request. Description of activities: Orientation to the program; community and clinical sites tour; 3 individual interviews with the program director, 1+ clinical supervisors, and 1+ interprofessional faculty (e.g., pediatrician); Q&A period with 1+ current fellows; 20-minute case presentation attended by the program faculty; exit interview. Fellow Selection Process: Applicants with a solid pediatric knowledge, assessment, and intervention base from their graduate training and internship experiences will benefit most from our fellowship training program. Ongoing motivation to deepen biopsychosocial knowledge and skills while expanding comfort with professional, non-clinical roles (e.g., outreach, EDI, wellness, medical education) is highly desired. A particular emphasis is placed upon the congruence between a candidate’s future goals, resulting training needs during fellowship, and the fellowship program’s offerings. The fellowship also considers candidates’ representation of various cultural, life, and professional experiences in order to maximize the diversity reflected in fellows and faculty.

This record was last updated on Friday, March 1, 2024

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