Program Goals: Prior to fellowship, most clinical psychologists have completed basic coursework/training in psychiatric diagnosis, psychological testing, and psychotherapeutic interventions. The primary goal of the Psychosocial Oncology Fellowship Program is to prepare future clinical psychologists for research, education, and clinical practice in providing transdiciplinary care for patients with chronic or life-limiting illness. The focus of this training program is the development of specialized assessment and intervention skills important to the care of oncology patients and families, with additional coursework essential to the development of the fellows’ research program. Psychosocial oncology training with palliative care specialization will create a new generation of psychologists with competency in working with cancer patients with specific expertise in symptom management and end-of-life care.
Fellows receive a diverse array of clinical experiences as part of a busy outpatient Psychosocial Oncology Clinic and consultation within a specific oncology clinic. Fellows have the opportunity to work with patients and families at various phases of their cancer journey from the point of diagnosis to the end of life. Many of these patients and their family members experience depression and anxiety as part of their disease experience. Others have a history of post-traumatic stress or other mental health concerns that make their journey with cancer or end of life more challenging. The majority of these families are experiencing psychosocial distress and anticipatory grief associated with their illness. Fellows complete rotations in consultation-liaison, hospice and bereavement care, and palliative medicine, with other elective rotations possible. They also provide education to patients and staff members on the psychosocial aspects of cancer care.
Research training is also an important component of this fellowship. Fellows are provided assistance with developing manuscripts and are actively engaged in the Psychosocial Oncology Research Program. Fellows may also engage in research with oncologists at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital. They are active participants in Psychosocial Oncology Grand Rounds, research team meetings, are expected to complete at least two manuscripts per year and are provided assistance with the grant application process.
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