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Training in the Context of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

While the training structures and experiences described in this brochure remain essentially intact, the postdoctoral residency program has adapted the training experience in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Psychology residents are regarded as essential employees, which means that they are expected to conduct their clinical roles and responsibilities in accordance with institutional policies and safety protocols of the University and clinical settings in which they are completing their training. On-site face-to-face clinical activities are continuing in specific sites (e.g., inpatient settings) or training activities (e.g., hospital-based consultation-liaison work).

Where feasible and practical, clinical training activities (e.g., outpatient intervention and assessment) are being conducted via remote telehealth and video conference modalities, as are clinical supervision and didactic activities. Therefore, residents can expect to participate in a combination of on-site and remote training activities. When working on-site, residents are required to adhere strictly to the safety policies and protocols of the clinical sites and are provided with the appropriate personal protective equipment to conduct their work. Decisions about on-site versus remote training via telehealth are subject to change as institutional policies and safety protocols evolve in response to changes in local COVID-19 pandemic conditions and indicators.

The Emory University School of Medicine Postdoctoral Residency Program in Health Service Psychology is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our residents. Therefore, residents are required to adhere to the protocols for care and use of protective personal equipment (PPE) for the institution in which they are based. Residents who have any concerns about providing services onsite or to Persons Under Investigation (PUI) or COVID + patients or about the availability of PPE standards, should discuss these with their site supervisors and/or Postdoctoral Residency training director. 

Emory has two policies that are relevant for trainees that need accommodations or a leave during COVID-19. Feel free to reach out to these offices if you wish to seek accommodations related to in-person patient work.

We are committed to continued eminence in education, research, clinical training, and service delivery and this can only be done with the mental and physical health of our residents.