Provide description of Externship:
The pediatric neuropsychology service within Westchester Medical Center/Maria Fareri Children's Hospital/Boston Children's Health Physicians provides outpatient and inpatient evaluations to assess primarily the needs of pediatric medical populations (i.e., pediatric hematology/oncology, neurology, neurosurgery, general pediatrics). Referrals typically come from the Boston Children's Health Physicians/Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, neurologists, and pediatricians, and schools. Typical referrals include injury, medical disorders (i.e., epilepsy, sickle cell disease), assessment of late treatment effects from radiation/chemotherapy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disability, developmental disability, and autism spectrum disorders. There are opportunities to attend weekly rounds, participate in research and attend case conferences.
During the externship experience, it is expected that the extern will become familiar with the many neuropsychological issues in pediatric populations, as well as in acute care medical settings. The practicum experience involves observing and conducting both inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological evaluations to children and adolescents (and occasionally adults). Externs are involved with the intake interview, selection of test batteries, administration of neuropsychological assessments, scoring, report writing, and conducting feedback sessions, under supervision. Didactics are offered weekly. Assessments are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays. Wednesdays are typically didactic days, but there is flexibility with didactics.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Suzanne Braniecki
Training Director, (degree): Ph.D.
URL for Externship Brochure: https://bchphysicians.org
Length of externship (in months): 10
Start Date: September 1
End Date: June 1
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16
Specialty tracks: pediatric neuropsychology, hematology/oncology, neurology, neurosurgery
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants: 3rd or 4th year students
Preferences: some prior experience with assessment and child/pediatric population
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: no
When do you expect to begin interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22): January 24
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?: Individual interviews are one hour in length and tour of facility is given.
What application materials are required (i.e., cv, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other?: cv, cover letter, eligibility letter, 2 letters of recommendation, assessment 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: No formal intervention training.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Assessments take place 3 days a week, externs will participate in 1-2 a week, depending on which days they come in for externship. Referrals include learning disability, ADHD, neurological cases, neurosurgical cases, hematology/oncology cases.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 40-60
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 15-20
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Exner
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1-2
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: n/a Externs are directly observed during assessment evaluations
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): seminars, grand rounds, other rounds (I.e., brain tumor, developmental pediatrics, neurology)
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: 4-5
Describe direct supervision: extern and supervisor are in assessment together for most of the day, so there is ongoing supervision throughout day, formal supervision occurs 1 hour week
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
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"?:
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: train nearby, bus stop outside of building.
Wheelchair accessible: yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: no
Is a transportation stipend provided?: no