Primary Care Health Psychology Fellowship

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Organization Type: 
Educational Institution
Program Type: 
Standing Program
Education Level: 
Postgraduate (e.g., residency, fellowship)
Educational Elements: 
Independent Study
Self Reflection Activities
Experiential not including services to patients
Experiential including clinical contact with patients
Program Description: 

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) offers a Primary Care Health Psychology Fellowship that recognizes the importance of integrating health and behavior.  This fellowship is offered through the Department of Family Medicine for individuals who have completed a residency in psychology. Based on a cognitive-behavioral orientation, this program strongly emphasizes a scientist-practitioner model.  By demonstrating the capacity of psychologists to be behavioral science experts and important change agents within health care settings, this program is designed to optimally prepare early career psychologists for positions in an academic health care center.  fellows have the opportunity to develop their clinical, research, and administrative skills within an academic health care setting.  A strong emphasis is placed on fellows learning to become effective members of trans-disciplinary primary care teams.

The fellowship seeks to train psychologists in the specialty area of Health Psychology within a primary care setting. Fellows have a well-rounded experience in research, teaching, and clinical practice. The fellowship offers numerous clinical training experiences that can be generalized to a variety of settings, but focuses in depth on treating patients who experience acute/chronic health complaints that often present in primary care settings. Fellows work with hypertension, diabetes, obesity, insomnia, chronic pain, endocrine disorders, etc. In addition, fellows have opportunities to manage a variety of Axis I and II disorders that are often co-morbid with these health complaints.  The program seeks to provide fellows with a breadth of experiences in diagnoses while providing in-depth training on brief interventions and short-term therapy. Fellows are expected to engage in research and are provided with opportunities to collaborate on existing projects and initiate original research. They also supervise and teach medical residents and students in a variety of topic areas such as communication and interview skills, recognition of Axis I and II disorders, physician impairment/wellness, etc. Fellows are prepared to pursue positions within, but not limited to, academic medical centers, hospitals/medical centers, and primary care clinics.

Targeted Professions
Clinical Health
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Advocacy for patient-centered integrated care
Development of effective, caring relationships with patients
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Comprehensive Care Competencies: 
Assessment of biopsychosocial needs across the lifespan
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Care coordination for comprehensive care of patient & family in the community
Health information technology, including e-communications with patients & other providers
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Business models for patient-centered integrated care
Evidence-based practice
Accessible Care Competencies: 
Promotion of appropriate access to care (e.g., group appointments, open scheduling)
Last updated November 15, 2013

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.


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