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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 Thursday, September 1, 2022

Applications due Friday, January 14, 2022

This program has chosen to follow the APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Guidlines.

Program Description

  • The Pediatric Psychology Fellowship at Hurley Medical Center provides a capstone, advanced training experience in pediatric psychology. The program accepts two fellows annually to participate in a 12-month experience, and prepares fellows to secure a variety of high-demand, pediatric psychology positions after graduation. Program content is informed by expert guidelines in relevant fields, accreditation standards set by the American Psychological Association, the current needs of an evolving healthcare climate, the needs of our community, and the needs of program learners. Training occurs in a culturally humble atmosphere that continuously strives to strengthen equity, diversity in thought and cultural composition, 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. 
  • This program is an APPIC Member & Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology Training Council Member

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: 1. Advanced practice competency in Pediatric Psychology. 2. 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: 
  1. Assessment and Intervention
  2. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  3. Ethics
  4. Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  5. Professionalism
  6. Science
  7. 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 a Program Coordinator, as well as setting-specific assistants that support patient care activity. 

Diversity & Inclusion within the Training Program 

  • Diversity and inclusion 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 humble practices. Our commitment to diversity is reflected in the inclusive and culturally mindful procedures, policies, practices, oversight, and evaluation of the program.

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 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 assessment, intervention, and interviewing. 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. Across all clinical activities, patients and families served reflect a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, as well as diversity in gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability status, socioeconomic status, level of education, health beliefs & behaviors.

Additional Information

Agency Type
Childrens Hospital
APPIC Membership
Yes
APA Accredited
No
Recognized Specialty
Clinical Health Psychology
Emphasis or focus area
Child/Adolescent
Other Emphasis
Pediatric Health Psychology, Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychology, Integrated Primary Care, Consultation-Liaison, Outpatient Pediatric Health Psychology, Neurodevelopmental Assessment, Medical Education, Academic Medicine
Research Time
Less than 25%
Training Director
Crystal Cederna-Meko, PsyD
Contact Email
ccedern1@hurleymc.com
Contact Phone
810-262-4834
Virtual Interviews
Virtual Only
Duration in Months
12
Hours Per Week
45
# of Licensed Supervisors
5
Number of Positions
2
Applications recieved last year
9
Stipend
$54000
Will follow APPIC Selection Guidelines
Yes
Date offers will be made to applicants
Tuesday, February 22 2022
Created Date
Tuesday, September 22 2020
Unfilled Positions
2 (Use only after the APPIC suggested notification date)
Fringe Benefits
- $800 meal stipend for use while working - $1,250 continuing education fund (for EPPP exam or study fees, conference attendance, books or journals, computers or tablets) - Affordable health, dental & vision insurance for self or family - including partners and dependent children, biological or otherwise. - Ample vacation time, bereavement leave, sick leave, and conference time - Benefits & discounts associated with MSU faculty appointment. - Benefits, discounts, and perks associated with employment by Hurley Medical Center. - Cafeteria and coffee shop on-site - Clinical instructor/fellow appointment with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Department of Pediatrics - Eligibility for public student loan forgiveness (PSLF) program - Free parking - Graduate Medical Education-Wide wellness liaison available for support and to obtain wellness resources - Life insurance - Monogrammed white coats (2) - Non-program affiliated mentor appointment - On-site exercise room (follows COVID-19 activity allowances) - Physician’s lounge with filtered water, coffee, juices, and food items - Private, secure lactation rooms on-site - 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 and facilitation of 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: 3 medical education didactics, 1 community-based activity of the fellow's choosing, 1 journal club facilitation, passage of the EPPP, and participation in a diversity committee. Fellows generally work Monday through Friday from 8a-5/5:30p (no on-call hours), with a midday break. A given week consists of the following activities: - 2 hours of one-on-one formal supervision - 4-5 hours of didactic attendance comprised of 3 pediatric psychology curriculum hours and 1-2 pediatric medical residency curriculum hours - 2-3 half-days of either integrated primary care or inpatient consultation-liaison services (patient volume commensurate with learner's developmental level) - 2.75 half-days of neurodevelopmental assessment (patient volume commensurate with learner's developmental level) - 2-3 half-days of outpatient-based pediatric psychology evaluation and intervention services (patient volume commensurate with learner's developmental level) - 1 half-day of non-clinical 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. Crystal Cederna-Meko) by email at CCEDERN1@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. Minimum entrance requirements: Completion of doctoral studies at an APA- or CPA-accredited institution meeting APPIC standards in clinical or counseling psychology (Note: if the doctoral degree in psychology is in an area of emphasis other than clinical or counseling psychology, the applicant must have completed re-specialization training in an accredited doctoral program); Completion of an APA- or CPA-accredited internship meeting APPIC standards in clinical or counseling psychology, with a clinical emphasis on the child/adolescent population; A license to practice in the State of Michigan; A broad, general background in professional psychology. To promote equity across applicants and ensure safety amidst COVID, interviews will be 100% virtual. In-person visits will not be permitted until after a position offer is extended and accepted.

This record was last updated on Tuesday, August 24, 2021

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