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Primary Care Family Track

Primary Care Family Track

"I chose to do my postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at URMC because I wanted to be part of a community and system that is a pioneer in, and at the forefront of, integrated healthcare. The training I have received has been extremely comprehensive, and I have been exposed to endless unique opportunities and experiences. I confidently feel that my training at URMC is preparing me to excel in my career as a clinical psychologist." -Michael Klein, PsyD, PCF Pediatrics Fellow

Primary Care Family Track Overview

The Primary Care Family Psychology Fellowship track prepares psychologists for clinical and academic roles in primary care medical settings through education in family psychology and systems theory, collaboration, and health psychology. Fellows provide assessment, consultation, and treatment to patients and families in a variety of health-related settings. Fellows are also provided with opportunities to teach medical students, psychology interns, and medical residents and fellows in multiple medical settings. Fellows are encouraged to participate in scholarly activities related to providing biopsychosocial systems-oriented care in a medical setting. Working in close proximity with providers from a wide range of disciplines also provides the fellow with opportunities for professional differentiation and professional identity development. All fellows participate in individual and group supervision weekly; at least two individual hours are provided by a licensed clinical psychologist.

Training Goals

First year fellows focus primarily on:

  • learning or enhancing basic family therapy skills
  • developing collaborative skills in working with other health care providers
  • identifying a specialty area of interest

Second year fellows focus primarily on:

  • applying more advanced family therapy and collaboration skills
  • engaging in scholarship, teaching and supervisory activities with medical students, medical residents, and psychology interns
  • acquiring experience and knowledge in their identified specialty area.