Provide description of Externship:
The position is designed to prepare graduate students for a career in clinical neuropsychology and subsequent board certification (ABPP) in neuropsychology. We are a large, well-established outpatient neurology practice in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Our department is comprised of 4 neuropsychologists, 10 neurologists, 1 pediatric psychologist, physician assistants, physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, an occupational therapist, infusion nurses, EEG technologists, and clinical research coordinators for clinical trials. Practicum students will have training in adult neuropsychological assessment with a diverse clinical population (e.g. dementias, stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, and TBI). Students will have the opportunity to see complex, rare neurological syndromes typically seen in large, University-based Medical Centers (e.g., recent cases have included Hashimoto's encephalopathy and corticobasal degeneration) while also developing expertise in classic syndromes and neurodegenerative disorders by working as an integral member of our interdisciplinary neurology practice. Externs will participate in all aspects of assessment including interview, test administration, case conceptualization, report writing, and feedback to patients and professionals.
In addition to training in assessment methods, diagnostic skill development, and report writing, there are a number of didactic activities available to students. Journal club (with a focus on clinically relevant literature), weekly case conference review, along with mock fact-finding exercises are held regularly to prepare students for internship, fellowship and board certification. There may also be opportunities to discuss cases with professionals in other disciplines (e.g., epilepsy or child assessment).
Our practice also has a number of research opportunities for interested students. Students are invited to collaborate with us on existing research or develop independent projects. Presentation of research at scientific meetings and preparation of manuscripts for publication is highly encouraged.
For Further Information: Please address questions regarding the neuropsychology externship to Anna G, Gertsberg, Ph.D. via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
General information about externship site:
Training Director: Anna G. Gertsberg, Ph.D.
Length of externship (in months): 12 months
Start Date: on or around July 1st
End Date: on or around June 30th
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16-20 hours
Specialty tracks: Clinical Neuropsychology
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2-4
Minimum level of readiness: Coursework in neuropsychology and prior testing experience are preferred, though not required. The practicum position is tailored to fit to the experience level of each student.
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: No
When do you expect to begin interviews? Within days of the application submission start date.
Interview process: Individual interviews with staff neuropsychologists are required and conducted on site. Offer decisions are made based on a combination of the applicant's background, interests, goals, and fit with the site.
What application materials are required?: Cover Letter (including days available), CV, 2 letters of reference, testing report (or case summary if unavailable), eligibility letter.
Intervention and Assessment:
Assessment training experiences commonly offered: Neuropsychological assessment, including test administration, case conceptualization, report writing, and feedback to patients and families. Externs will also have the opportunity to conduct brief cognitive evaluations.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship: 1-2 per week.
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 1-2 per week.
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 2 hours
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1-2 hours
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1 hour
Context of didactics: Neurology and neuropsychology seminars, case discussion and mock fact-finding exercises, journal club
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: always available
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation: Live, in-person
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No