Provide description of Externship:
Clinical Neuropsychology Externship
Mount Sinai Downtown, Department of Neurology
10 Union Square East, Suite 5H
New York, NY 10003
The Neuropsychology Service in the Department of Neurology at Mount Sinai Downtown is offering 1-2 externship positions for the 2019-2020 academic year. Emphasis will be on lifespan neuropsychology, specifically clinical assessment of adult (16+) and geriatric populations.
Primary responsibilities include outpatient assessment of individuals with a range of neurological disorders including movement disorders, memory disorders, and stroke. There will be collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of neurologists and neurosurgeons, and trainees will have the opportunity to observe a deep brain stimulation or epilepsy surgery.
Various didactics including neurology case conferences, movement disorder rounds, and neurology grand rounds are held on-site throughout the year, and trainees are invited and encouraged to attend these lectures. Brain cuttings also are held regularly throughout the year, and students are encouraged to attend these, as well. Access to neuropsychology lectures and neuropsychology trainees across the Mount Sinai System additionally will be made available.
The position requires a commitment of 2 full days per week. Externs must be available on Friday (flexible hours) and preferably Monday or Tuesday, although there is flexibility to the second day of week. Supervision will be provided by Christina Palmese PhD, ABPP, a board certified neuropsychologist.
For interested students, there also is the opportunity to become involved in research, with the goal of generating either an abstract or peer reviewed publication.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Christina A Palmese PhD, ABPP-CN
Training Director, (degree): PhD, ABPP
URL for Externship Brochure: N/A
Length of externship (in months): Approx. 12 months
Start Date: July 1, 2019
End Date: June 30, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16 hours/ week
Specialty tracks: Neuropsychology Assessment Site, only
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: One or two externs; if only one extern is accepted to the program, arrangements will be made for the trainee to be part of a supportive peer-driven group across the Mount Sinai Health campuses.
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: Completed coursework in psychometrics and neuropsychological assessment (beyond WAIS/WMS administration)
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: N/A
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): early February 2019
Interview process (provide information about interview process- time frame, how decisions are made) Also, do you conduct individual and/or group interviews; case presentation, other information?: Interviews are individually based and last approximately 30-45 minutes; emphasis is on understanding the student's goals and compatibility with the MSDowntown/BI externship program. Case presentation may be requested.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: Please submit a CV, two letters of reference, and a de-identified neuropsychological report.
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Estimate average number of individual patients that students will carry; estimate number of groups and other types of interventions. Offer description: Assessment only; no intervention
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Please see description above. Once proficient in test administration, the expectation is that students carry a case load of one comprehensive neuropsychological assessment per week.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): One full battery per week
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: Approximately 40-50 comprehensive exams
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: N/A
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1 -2 hour formal case supervision
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 0-1 hour/week
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1-2 hours/week
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: N/A
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Neuropsychology lectures, neurology grand rounds, brain cuttings, observing brain surgery
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: 1-2 hours/week
Describe direct supervision: Direct supervision involves discussion of the case including the referral question, comorbid medical diagnoses and relevant medical information, and appropriate neurocognitive battery. Following completion of the exam, there is one hour face-to-face discussion of the data, differential diagnoses, and interventions.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): Live, in-person observation once per quarter
If you have only one extern, would you be to have the extern participate in a peer support consortium with other sites- live or "SKYPE"?: Yes; there would be creation of a Google Group for neuropsychology externs across the Mount Sinai Health System; there also would be opportunities to meet with other externs when attending the system-wide neuropsychology lectures
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: Yes
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No