Since 1996, McLaren Flint has offered two-year post doctoral fellowships in Clinical Health Psychology. These fellowships prepare individuals for leadership roles in Primary Care, Health Psychology, and Medical Education. During training, fellows work both collaboratively and in an educational context within the McLaren Flint Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residency programs.
McLaren Flint is a 378 bed tertiary teaching facility that serves the medical needs of residents in greater Genesee County and mideast Michigan. Affiliated with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, McLaren Flint blends the experience and expertise of its medical staff with MSU’s physicians-in-training, thereby delivering academic, clinical and research-based innovations, world-class treatment, and cutting-edge technology to mid-Michigan residents.
Fellowship training is structured around four distinct rotations. Rotations last six months in duration, during which time fellows develop knowledge and skills in both educational methods and clinical service delivery. These rotations evolve dynamically to meet the needs of fellows, medical education, and service delivery respective to contemporary trends, practices, and literature.
Typical Fellow Experience:
- Integrated Primary Care Rotation
- Specialty Care Rotation
- Consultation-Liaison Rotation
- Medical Education Rotation
Regarding clinical services, fellows have an opportunity to work with a wide variety of both inpatient and outpatient populations on a number of health psychology related issues including consultation-liaison services, primary care behavioral health (PCBH) services, lifestyle and behavior change, managing chronic illness, weight management, and providing diagnoses and intervention for other common psychological conditions seen in primary care such as depression and anxiety. Specialty opportunities exist in Psycho-Oncology, Geriatric Medicine, Bariatric and Metabolic Services, and Pain Management for most fellows. Fellows will also build a therapy practice from inpatient consultations and direct referrals from the Family Medicine clinic.
Fellows provide academic instruction and clinical precepting of Behavioral Medicine to Family Medicine residents, Internal Medicine Residents, and medical students. This includes delivery of didactic content during grand rounds and academic half days, behavioral precepting, participation in video review, and development of various curricula addressing biopscyhosocial care. Additionally, second year fellows typically provide supervision for doctoral clinical psychology practicum students. This includes oversight of a longitudinal didactic series, group supervision, and individual therapy cases.
Fellows are afforded multiple opportunities to participate in research and quality improvement activities. Second year fellows are expected to complete some form of scholarly project that is aligned with the fellow's unique professional interests, which serves as a platform for future career prospects. This may involve but is not limited to examples such as collaborative or independent quality improvement in health psychology or primary care, proposal for service development, original research, curriculum development, or other professional activities of a similar scope.
Attention to personal wellness and cultivation of a local support system are key elements of success in fellowship and beyond. Thus, the McLaren Flint program seeks to provide multiple opportunities for fellow well-being through the use of multiple structured activities as listed below.
- Didactics: At the beginning, middle, and end of the academic year we will engage in formal didactics to explore topics related to wellness for health psychologists.
- Individual self-care time: Once per month, fellows will be released early to engage in a self-care activity of their choice.
- Wellness events: Two half-days are reserved during each fellowship year for wellness related activities. One half-day (usually in the fall) is fellow-led, allowing fellows to self-identify what is most meaningful and contributory to their ongoing health and wellness. The other half-day (usually in the spring) is faculty-led and involves a blend of didactics and experiential activities.