The Marshall Health Adult Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship is a two-year post graduate training program where fellows acquire advanced skills in neuropsychological assessment, treatment, and consultation and an advanced understanding of brain-behavior relationships. The training site provides access to patients primarily referred from neurology, geriatrics, and neurosurgery, as well as from other services. The program provides experience with adult populations (particularly older adults) with limited exposure to adolescent/young adult populations (18-21 years of age).
Neuropsychological evaluations will be performed on adult outpatients, and fellows will be exposed to patients with various neurodegenerative illnesses, cerebrovascular disorders, movement disorders, epilepsy, traumatic brain injuries, brain neoplasms, psychiatric disturbances, developmental disorders, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, and other chronic medical conditions. Additional training opportunities include pre- and post-surgical evaluation of epilepsy surgical candidates, pre-surgical evaluation of DBS candidates, and pre-surgical pain evaluations. Fellows are expected to complete 3 to 4 comprehensive neuropsychological cases per week, though fellow caseloads may be modified depending on special circumstances (e.g., while enrolled in NAN’s Clinical Neuroanatomy course). Fellows typically receive one administrative day per week to participate in didactics, work on report writing, engage in supervision, and/or conduct research.
Fellows participate in a clinical neuropsychology didactic series offered via a collaboration between APPCN’s Multisite Didactic Initiative and KnowNeuropsychology. Fellows also attend weekly Neurology Grand Rounds and monthly Neurology specialty case conferences (e.g., stroke conference, movement disorders conference). Additional opportunities may be available for fellows to attend inter-fellowship didactic series, resident lectures, other specialty clinics (ALS Clinic), or to observe neurosurgery. Various specialized didactic opportunities (e.g., mock fact-finding) are provided to help prepare fellows for board certification via ABPP/ABCN.
Fellows are expected to complete NAN’s Clinical Anatomy online (30-hour CE) course during their second year of fellowship. The course lasts 15 weeks and focuses on providing "students with a working knowledge of the basic neuroanatomic structures of the central nervous system and consequences of damage to various structures." Professional development funds may be available to help cover the cost of the course.
Marshall Health and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine are committed to celebrating diversity within its patient populations, staff, and the local community. Fellows are expected to demonstrate knowledge of current research and theory related to diversity topics in neuropsychology. Specific diversity-related readings and didactic experiences are offered.
Fellows are required to present annually during Neurology Grand Rounds. Numerous medical residencies and fellowships, and doctoral-level clinical psychology training opportunities are offered on the Health Science Campus. Fellows participate in teaching medical and psychology trainees via lectures and shadowing experiences. There may be an opportunity for fellows to provide tiered supervision to a psychology practicum student or psychometrist.
While this fellowship focuses on clinical training, participation in research is a requirement. Upon completion of the program, fellows are required to have presented a poster or oral presentation at a national neuropsychology conference (AACN, NAN, INS, or SCN) based upon an original empirical study or submitted a manuscript for publication to a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
Formal employment and benefits are through Marshall Health. The salary for the first year is $47,000 and $49,000 for the second year. Benefits include health insurance, annual leave (24 days), and sick leave. Please see here for additional information related to benefits.
Fellows are allotted four days of professional development leave for activities such as attending professional conferences or taking the licensure examination. Professional development funds may be available for fellows.
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