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Major Rotations

Interns gain extensive experience in neuropsychological assessment of adult, child and geriatric patients with acquired brain injury, stroke, epilepsy, neoplasm, and other neurological conditions.  The diagnostically diverse patient populations and combination of settings are major strengths of the internship.  Supervision in the following areas is offered by the Neuropsychology faculty:

  1. diagnostic interview techniques for neurological populations;
  2. design of flexible test batteries to address referral questions;
  3. neuropsychological test administration, scoring, and interpretation;
  4. differential diagnosis of neuropsychological syndromes and disorders;
  5. production of oral and written reports for lay persons and health care professionals; and
  6. development of rehabilitation plans and recommendations. 

Supervised experience in conducting Wada Tests and Cortical Language Mapping temporal lobe epilepsy surgery candidates is available primarily in the child rotation, but less frequently in the adult rotation as well.  Interns receive assessment supervision from a minimum of three neuropsychologists during the internship year.

Interns are trained in consultation to medical staff members, health care teams, families, administrative systems, and persons with neurological disorders. Consultation emphasizes communication and education. Interns are involved in clinical consultation to physicians and health care teams in formal settings such as medical rounds and team conferences. Interns regularly provide consultative education to patients and families as well as case managers and health care administrators. Finally, interns have opportunities to supervise graduate students completing clinical practicum rotations under the direction of faculty. Supervision in consultation and supervision is provided by a minimum of two neuropsychologists during any training year.

Interns will find that it is a busy training year. Interns are expected to cope with a clinical schedule that is typical for a major academic medical center. A typical workday will run 10 (and occasionally 12) hours. Interns administer, score, and report on at least one neuropsychological examination per week and supervise an additional one done in conjunction with a graduate student who works under the intern’s supervision.