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Medical University of South Carolina - Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine / Clinical Health Psychology

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Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Bio-Behavioral Medicine
Charleston, South Carolina

Starts on Friday, September 1, 2023

Applications due Friday, December 9, 2022

This program will NOT follow the APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Standards with Common Hold Date and is not committing to allow applicants to hold offers until the Common Hold Date. Applicants may need to respond to an offer from this program prior to completing interviews or hearing from other programs about their standing.

This listing is not an APPIC Member program and is not APA Accredited. Applicants should be aware that this program has not undergone formal external quality review process.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine / Clinical Health Psychology

MUSC Behavioral Medicine Clinic, Division of Bio-Behavioral Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,

College of Medicine Medical University of South Carolina 2023 - 2024 

The Behavioral Medicine Clinic is a tertiary specialty clinic at MUSC. Psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, other prescribing providers, and trainees from psychology, psychiatry, and pharmacy work together to coordinate mental and behavioral health care for patients receiving medical care from MUSC’s healthcare teams. Our team’s vision is as follows: Through research, education, and direct patient care, we help people with chronic and/or complex medical conditions, and their providers, by addressing the multifaceted psychosocial aspects of illness to alleviate suffering, promote health, improve quality of life, optimize medical care, and ultimately improve patient outcomes. Although we have historically primarily served adults, over recent years our focus has expanded to include more pediatric, adolescent, and young adult (AYA) patients as the number of providers whose passion and expertise working with AYA populations has also grown (most prominently among transplant and bariatric surgery populations). 

Fellowship Program: As a fellow you will work with patients with a range of chronic health conditions and providers from diverse medical specialties. Our campus is a busy and exciting place to work with six colleges and trainees from nearly all medical disciplines, and award-winning specialty medical/hospital services. We value interprofessional work and training and encourage close collaboration with our medical team colleagues. We value the fellows who have chosen to train with us, and we treat our fellows as junior colleagues. Fellows who excel in our program are highly motivated, creative, and passionate about their work. With scaffolding as appropriate throughout the fellowship period, we have the goal of participating in the continued growth of skilled generalist health psychologists who are ready for independent licensure and practice at the completion of the fellowship. The fellowship is 1-year with the option for a 2nd year pending agreement between the fellow and the fellowship directors. The decision to stay on for a 2nd year will be determined no later than January. 

The fellow will provide outpatient psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation services to patients with a wide variety of chronic medical conditions, with opportunities for inpatient consultation and evaluation in our hospital for urgent transplants and integrated care within certain clinics (e.g., GI surgery). The fellowship year is divided into two, six-month rotations, with the opportunity to adjust and add additional experiences at the six-month point. The fellow may receive training and supervised clinical experience with the following patient populations:

1. Transplant Surgery: Heart, liver, kidney, lung, & living donor (kidney and liver)

2. Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: Pre- and post-surgical evaluation and management

3. Cancer and Bone Marrow Transplant: New diagnosis, active treatment, survivorship, caregivers, BMT evaluations

4. Chronic Pain and Epidural Neurostimulator Evaluations: Chronic idiopathic pain, nociceptive pain, neuropathic pain, CRPS/RSD, Chronic pancreatitis, fibromyalgia, etc.

5. Cardiac Diseases: MI/CAD, CABG, arrhythmias, adult congenital, devices, etc., including specialty clinics and Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

6. Pulmonary Diseases: CF, COPD, NTM, sarcoidosis, etc.; including specialty clinics and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

7. Other Chronic Medical Conditions and Functional Disorders: specialty & internal medicine services 

Behavioral Medicine clinical services are provided via telemedicine and in-person. Faculty and postdoctoral fellows currently follow a hybrid model of part-time in our campus office and part-time working from home (WFH). Clinical operations (in-person versus hybrid in-person/WFH) will continue to be dependent on institutional requirements and insurance coverage for telemedicine services.

Tracks and Specializations: For the 2023-24 training year, we are recruiting for up to FOUR fellowship positions, specializing in behavioral medicine. Specific populations of focus may be offered given applicants’ interests, training goals, and anticipated career trajectory. For example, fellows may indicate the desire to provide clinical services with a focus working within solid organ transplant, metabolic and bariatric surgery, or psycho-oncology, along with an opportunity for a more broad focus within general behavioral medicine populations. Should an applicant pursue a specific area of focus, with agreement of behavioral medicine faculty, a minor rotation/specialization may also be offered within one of the populations we serve based on interest, including a minor in AYA services.

Didactics, Supervision, and Mentoring: Fellows will attend Grand Rounds offered through the Department of Psychiatry at MUSC, and a weekly Behavioral Medicine Seminar Series. Each fellow will have 1-2 hours of one-on-one, face-to-face supervision with a licensed attending psychologist each week. There will also be scheduled mentoring meetings with the fellowship directors throughout the training year on key topics pertinent to professional development (e.g., salary negotiation). 

Research and Teaching Opportunities: We anticipate continuing to have the option for a grant mechanism through our division, where fellows can apply for funding towards a specific research project agreed upon with a faculty mentor, to work on during protected research time, if awarded. Teaching opportunities are also available for those with specific training goals in this domain. These opportunities may be discussed further in interviews.

Clinical and Research Competency Evaluation: Documentation of clinical and research competency is necessary for the successful completion of the fellowship. Feedback will be provided throughout the training year. Fellows will present a clinical case presentation or seminar on their topic of expertise within our Behavioral Medicine Seminar Series. Each fellow is required to demonstrate an advanced and sophisticated understanding of diagnosis, assessment, and psychotherapy. They must demonstrate the ability to critically and sensitively use information derived from the empirical literature to guide the development of the treatment plan and selection of clinical interventions with consideration for cultural factors and social determinants of health, as evident by patient care and documentation. Regardless of participation in the research grant opportunity, research competency is demonstrated at the conclusion of the fellowship year by completion or significant progress on a research or QI project, such as journal article submission, conference presentation, or other agreed-upon project.

Salary and Benefits: The salary for the 2023-24 postdoctoral fellowship year will be at least $56,751.00 (salary subject to increase based on new FY24 scale). Fellows are eligible for health, dental, vision, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, and retirement benefits. Benefits include 15 days (120 hours) of annual leave and 15 days (120 hours) of sick leave (3 weeks each). In addition, fellows will receive the 13 University holidays (which includes 1 floating holiday). Professional leave is discussed on a case-by-case basis with the faculty/supervisors. Fellows should plan on a start date of the first day of a month, or day prior, due to benefits/health insurance schedule. In addition, we offer at least $1500 professional development funds (reimbursable) in support of SC Psychology Board application fees and/or EPPP fees for fellows for the 2023-24 training year. Other benefits are available including an excellent library system, computer services, discounts on MUSC perks, and reduced cost membership to the state-of-the-art MUSC Wellness Center. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Our group, within the larger College of Medicine and Charleston community, is striving to create an environment that fosters cultural understanding and humility. We are striving for increased representation and to recruit team members who are as diverse as the patients we serve. We strongly encourage candidates apply for this position who are representative of all backgrounds especially those underrepresented in psychology, based on gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or other factors. Learn more about MUSC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion: https://web.musc.edu/about/leadership/institutional-offices/diversity. 

Admission Requirements: Admission requirements for the fellowship include completion of all professional doctoral degree requirements from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited program and an APA-accredited predoctoral internship. This requirement is defined as: "having on the first day of the fellowship either the diploma in hand or a letter from the director of graduate studies verifying the completion of all degree requirements, including completion of dissertation defense, pending institution graduation ceremony." 

Application Procedure and Information: The deadline for applications is Friday December 9, 2022 and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis prior to this date. Please submit a (1) letter of interest and (2) current curriculum vitae.  Please address the letter to the fellowship directors: Lily Christon, Ph.D. and Wendy Balliet, Ph.D. and email the letter and CV, only, to christon@musc.edu and ballietw@musc.edu. In your letter of interest, please discuss: your career goals and whether you are interested in pursuing any specific areas of focus or minor rotations. Interviews: All interviews will be conducted virtually, except by specific request.

Notification Date: At present, we are not following the APPIC Universal Notification Date. We may give offers prior to that date. This will be discussed more during interviews. 


The motto of MUSC is Auget Largiendo, which freely translated means, "She (the university) enriches by giving generously."

(Waring Historical Library)

Additional Information

Agency Type
Medical School/Health Science Center
APPIC Membership
No
APA Accredited
No
Recognized Specialty
Clinical Health Psychology
Emphasis or focus area
Health Psychology
Other Emphasis
Behavioral Medicine
Research Time
Less than 25%
Training Director
Lily Christon, PhD; and Wendy Balliet, PhD
Contact Email
christon@musc.edu; ballietw@musc.edu
Contact Phone
843-792-0686
Virtual Interviews
Strongly Preferred
Duration in Months
12
Hours Per Week
40
# of Licensed Supervisors
9
Number of Positions
4
Applications recieved last year
14
Stipend
$56,751
Will follow APPIC Selection Guidelines
No
Estimated offer date
Wednesday, February 1 2023
Created Date
Monday, October 10 2022
Unfilled Positions
0
Fringe Benefits
The salary for the 2023-24 postdoctoral fellowship year will be at least $56,751.00 (salary subject to increase based on new FY24 scale). Fellows are eligible for health, dental, vision, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, and retirement benefits. Benefits include 15 days (120 hours) of annual leave and 15 days (120 hours) of sick leave (3 weeks each). In addition, fellows will receive the 13 University holidays (which includes 1 floating holiday). Professional leave is discussed on a case-by-case basis with the faculty/supervisors. Fellows should plan on a start date of the first day of a month, or day prior, due to benefits/health insurance schedule. In addition, we offer at least $1500 professional development funds (reimbursable) in support of SC Psychology Board application fees and/or EPPP fees for fellows for the 2023-24 training year. Other benefits are available including an excellent library system, computer services, discounts on MUSC perks, and reduced cost membership to the state-of-the-art MUSC Wellness Center.
Research opportunities
Fellows will be involved in a collaborative research or QI project that is submitted for publication during the postdoctoral training year. In addition, we anticipate continuing to have the option for a grant mechanism through our division, where fellows can apply for funding towards a specific research project agreed upon with a faculty mentor, to work on during protected research time, if awarded. Teaching opportunities are also available for those with specific training goals in this domain. These opportunities may be discussed further in interviews.
Application Instructions
The deadline for applications is Friday December 9, 2022 and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis prior to this date. Please submit a (1) letter of interest and (2) current curriculum vitae. Please address the letter to the fellowship directors: Lily Christon, Ph.D. and Wendy Balliet, Ph.D. and email the letter and CV, only, to christon@musc.edu and ballietw@musc.edu. In your letter of interest, please discuss: your career goals and whether you are interested in pursuing any specific areas of focus or minor rotations.

This record was last updated on Wednesday, October 12, 2022

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