EVMS Psychology Internship - SNGH
Rotation Site: Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (SNGH)
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
These rotations provide interns training with medical populations. Interns follow referred patients in acute inpatient programs which are characterized by a relatively short length of stay, a more rapid pace and emphasis on brief assessments and short-term interventions with patients and families in the context of ongoing consultation with the interdisciplinary medical treatment team.
As SNGH is the major teaching hospital for EVMS and a Level I trauma center, on the inpatient rehabilitation center the typical rehabilitation diagnostic categories are well represented, with stroke being the most common. On the inpatient consultation-liaison service, interns are exposed to patients with a variety of medical and psychiatric concerns, including serious mental illnesses, substance use disorders, conversion disorders, etc.
The inpatient training focuses upon the intern's ability to adapt to the dynamic medical/hospital culture and to provide the needed diagnostic assessment and therapy services the patient requires. At times, interns are afforded opportunities to conduct support groups and more comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. Opportunities for conducting additional neuropsychological evaluations with rehabilitation patients are available through the EVMS Neuropsychology Center directly adjacent to SNGH.
Through the course of these rotations, interns can participate in ancillary didactic sessions in addition to the six-month weekly seminar in clinical neuropsychology or primary-care psychology. Interns also have the option of attending elective courses in adult and child neuropsychology offered through the local APA-accredited doctoral training program.
Finally, interns on these rotations present for the seminar series for residents and faculty of the EVMS Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, may participate in ongoing research projects within the medical setting, and may provide supervision to clinical psychology graduate students.