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Cardiac Psychology Rotation

Interns will be able to spend 6 months working on the cardiology service providing services to individuals with both acute and chronic cardiac conditions that are having a negative impact on their quality of life. Initially, interns will round with a cardiology team (faculty cardiologist, cardiology fellows, residents, and a faculty psychologist) in order to provide services to patients who are hospitalized at the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital. Interns will build proficiency at providing short term interventions for inpatients and at assessing whether outpatient follow-up is needed. Interns will be able to continue to see at least a portion of those patients who need longer term care. Interns will also see outpatients who are referred from the cardiac rehabilitation service. This service provides outpatient care for people of all ages who have recently experienced a heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery, heart valve surgery, heart transplant, heart/lung transplant, angioplasty/stent placement, angina symptoms or other heart problems.  Additionally, patients who are receiving cardiac rehabilitation care will be seen at the Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza which is a short distance from the main medical center campus. The use of evidence based interventions to reduce depression anxiety associated with coronary conditions will be emphasized. Interns will receive an hour of individual supervision per three clinical contact hours.

In addition to clinical activities, interns will have the opportunity to participate in lectures and meetings offered at the Ross Heart Hospital/Department of Cardiology.