You advertise that MICAPT is accredited by the APA. In what area of psychology are you accredited? In 2013, MICAPT (formerly CAPT) achieved accreditation by the APA Commission on Accreditation as a multiple practice program in the specialty areas of Clinical Health Psychology and Rehabilitation Psychology. Click here for more accreditation info.
What advantage does an APA-accredited program have for me? The advantages to you are many. You know that you are applying to a training program that meets APA’s high standards for excellence. After you graduate, those who evaluate your credentials for professional entry into restricted clinical practice settings such as hospitals, medical centers, and provider panels, as well as licensure boards, professional societies, courts, and other situations where expertise is demanded, will also know immediately that your capstone training was of the highest quality. Click here to visit APA online.
How many full-time fellows does your program allow? Currently, the program allows for a total of eleven fellows: three at Genesys Regional Medical Center, four at Hurley Medical Center, and four at McLaren Flint.
Does MICAPT have part-time fellow positions? No. All fellow positions in the consortium are full-time.
How many open positions are there in a year? It varies from year-to-year and by site or specialty area. Click here to learn more about this year’s openings or to apply now.
Is there any flexibility in the start date of a fellowship? Probably not, and for a number of reasons. First, there is a structured curriculum and late starters miss something important at the start of our programs. Second, because each position is replacing someone who is leaving, a late start time affects clinical service delivery and burdens others with extra responsibility. Finally, other aspects of our work adhere to schedules, like the academic medical school and residency schedules. If you are not available, someone else is teaching for you. You can ask individual program directors in the consortium, but be aware that candidates who are available for an on-time start will have a better chance of being selected.
What if my school doesn’t hold graduation until after the start date? A couple of weeks is typically not a problem, although the program director for the position you are offered has the final say. More than a couple of weeks is a problem and would not be acceptable. A December graduation date, for example, would not work for a September start date. We would recommend you apply for the following year.
You indicate that I must have a “license” in Michigan. What does that entail? All post doctoral fellows must possess a Michigan license to begin the fellowship. This could either be a Masters level temporary limited license or a Level 10 Ph.D. limited license. Should the candidate end internship in July or August prior to beginning the fellowship, they may need to apply for the Masters level temporary limited license. However, once the Ph.D/Psy.D. degree is officially granted by their University, they will need to obtain a Ph.D. Level 10 limited license. This license will enable them to begin to accumulate hours for full licensure. Program Directors will decide which license to advise new fellows to obtain, based on ending of internship and knowledge of length of time at the Michigan licensing board for turn around of applications. Click here for information on obtaining a limited license. If you have completed a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology that is regionally accredited and have completed a 2000 hour pre-doctoral internship you will most likely be eligible in the State of Michigan as a doctoral level limited licensed psychologist. This is a training license that allows you to obtain hours for full licensure. There are a few specific requirements such as having certain course work, but if your doctoral program is APA accredited, you will qualify.
What if I have never worked in a medical setting? We prefer that new fellows have some experience in a medical setting. To have none is to start behind everyone else. Experienced applicants are generally more conversant with medical settings as systems, as well as with the language of medicine and the typical internal politics and structures that one usually finds there. This is advanced specialty training and some entry level expertise is necessary.
Should I try to get medical setting work experience over the next few months? Yes, if it is possible. Not everyone can manufacture an adequate experience on short notice. Some people have taken a year off, acquired some experience, and then applied. However, this is not a reasonable path for everyone, and doesn't in and of itself, guarantee admission to the fellowship. You must decide what works for you. Ask us for advice on this.
How many hours are required to complete the fellowship program? For the McLaren Flint Clinical Health Psychology Program and the Hurley Medical Center Pediatric and Adult Rehabilitation Psychology Programs, each fellow is expected to work 40 hours per week and complete 4,000 training hours over the 2-year fellowship in order to graduate.
Is a research project required as part of the fellowship? For the McLaren Flint Clinical Health Psychology Program, a scholarly project is required in the second year of fellowship. A well-designed research project is one possibility. Physician and psychology faculty throughout the MSU Flint campus are active in a variety of research that is ultimately published. There are other possibilities as well, including innovative curriculum development, authoring or coauthoring a published paper on a scholarly topic and designing or enhancing a clinical service line.
What is the average stipend for a full-time fellow? The average for a full-time first year fellow ranges between $51,000 and $54,000 plus benefits, depending on the hospital site. Click here to see other MICAPT benefits.
Do I have to generate revenue to cover my stipend? All MICAPT programs involve some clinical service that generates revenue for that institution. This varies based on the emphasis at each training site. However, no program is solely dependent on fellow generated revenue. And, no program is required to cover all fellow related expenses through billable services. The MICAPT Board of Directors has designated a range of direct service hours per week based on training needs as opposed to revenue targets, and the institutions are supportive of this structure.
Who should I contact if I have any more questions? For questions related to the McLaren and Ascension Genesys Clinical Health Psychology Fellowship Programs, contact the MICAPT office at 810.600.5618 or email us. For questions related to the Hurley Medical Center Pediatric Clinical Health Psychology Fellowship Program, contact the program director, Dr. Crystal Cederna-Meko.