Montefiore Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Externship in Primary Care Psychology, Department of Family and Social Medicine

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Montefiore Medical Center Residency Program in Family and Social Medicine

The Psychology Externship Program in Primary Care sponsored by the Residency Program in Family and Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, New York) offers a unique experience for advanced psychology externs to train alongside Family Medicine Residents in one of the nation's oldest and most successful primary care training programs in the country. The Program in Social Medicine is dedicated to preparing physicians to practice in underserved communities, working from the perspective that health is a state of physical, social, economic, psychological, and political well-being. As such, promoting social justice and empowerment among patients, families and communities in the Bronx is central to our mission.

The externship program seeks advanced psychology students (4th year and beyond, or 3rd year with significant relevant experience) who are interested in working with underserved patients, who are committed to social justice and with experience or interest in family systems and primary care/health psychology oriented work.

Externs in the program conduct clinical and diagnostic interviews, individual psychotherapy and family therapy sessions with a multi-cultural primary care patient population. Therapy cases will be both mostly short-term with some long-term work focused on common mental health concerns seen in primary care (e.g., depression, anxiety, grief) as well as behavioral health intervention (e.g., chronic disease management, health promotion). Externs will also work within the integrative behavioral health model, side by side with medical residents, consulting on and co-managing cases with medical and mental health issues.

Caseloads vary and build over time, but externs can expect to be working with patients and/or providers for most of the time they are present on site. We provide a minimum of 2 hours of weekly individual supervision with a focus on a family systems and a sociocultural perspective. Clinical interventions vary according to cases and /or supervisor and include CBT, psychodynamic, and integrated approaches. In addition, externs receive monthly supervision in family systems based theory and interventions. Externs also have opportunities for involvement in an ongoing diabetes collaborative project focused on assisting patients with self-management of diabetes.

Interested candidates should forward a letter of interest and CV, along with 2 letters of recommendation. Letter of interest should include your availability as well as the name and contact information of your Director of Clinical Training. Candidates are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on the Externship Submission Date in January. We strongly encourage minority and Spanish-speaking students to apply. Please send your information to Eliana Korin, Dipl.Psic., Director of Behavioral Science, at:

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Montefiore Medical Center, Psychology Externship in Primary Care, Department of Family and Social Medicine
Name of Director/Coordinator: Eliana Korin, Dipl.Psic., Director of Behavioral Science

Street Address:

Montefiore Medical Center
Department of Family and Social Medicine
3544 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467

Telephone: (718) 920-5523

Fax: (718) 515-5416

Email: Eliana Korin

Webpage: none

General Information

Start Date: July 1
End Date: June 30

Appropriate for:

Health Psychology

Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):

Externs are placed in either of 2 primary care clinics located in the Bronx. We require approximately 16 hours per week. Schedules are typically as follows:

Williamsbridge Family Medicine Clinic Students work: Wednesdays and Fridays: 9am-5pm.

Family Health Center Students work: Thursdays and Fridays: 9am-5pm.

Students are also required to attend a monthly case conference the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm and are recommended to stay for the psychosocial seminar presented by our family medicine residents immediately following this meeting (until 4pm).

Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):

This externship is for advanced students, 4th year graduate students or advanced 3rd years with significant prior therapy experience and/or particular interest and match for the program.

Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):

Prior Adult psychotherapy experience required. Preference for interest and experience with diverse patient populations, service to underserved patients and social justice in medicine, health psychology/work with medical patients and settings, integration of family and sociocultural perspectives. Prior child experience is a plus. Spanish speaking students and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

Applications accepted by the date agreed upon by local externship/graduate programs, currently January 15th.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover Letter
  • Please include in your cover letter the days and times your are available to attend externship, as well as the name of your DCT and their contact information.
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation preferably from past clinical supervisors
  • Letter of readiness

How should it be submitted?

Please email applications to Eliana Korin, Dipl.Psic., Director of Behavioral Science, at: Please CC your DCT when you submit your application.

Please include your name in the email subject line.

Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):

Interviews will be held on an ongoing basis until the externship match day.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Multicultural patient population
Medical patients/Primary care

If any of these populations are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

This is a primarily adult externship. Opportunities to work with adolescents and families will be offered as available.

Training models offered:

Family Systems
Ecological Perspective

If any of these models are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:


Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Family Therapy
Primary Care Consultation
Diabetes Self-Management Collaboration/Consultation
Group Psychoeducation***

If any of these intervention experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

***group work is sometimes available

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 8-11 therapy cases, consultations and intakes

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

No testing at this externship. Interview and team based Assessment

If any of these assessment experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:


Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):


Expected number of assessment reports completed during externship (defined as writing reports based on a battery of standardized tests:



Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2 hours per week of supervision for individual cases and additional monthly supervision in family systems perspectives
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: _1 X per month_
Estimated hours/week of didactics: _3 hrs per month _

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