Admission requirements include completion of all professional doctoral degree requirements in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA/CPA-accredited program as well as a pre-doctoral internship meeting APA, APPIC or CAPPIC standards. We will give preference to candidates with demonstrated training and experience in primary care, family medicine, and behavioral medicine/health psychology. Successful candidates commonly have practicum and internship experiences in primary care settings. Family therapy or systems based training is highly valued.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) candidates are especially sought after. Candidates who show enthusiasm for working in a diverse workforce with a very diverse patient population are sought. Minority and candidates with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.
We are an APPIC affiliated program and will follow their guidance about post-doctoral selection processes and timing. We adhere to the APPIC uniform notification date for post-doctoral selection.
Information for Applicants
The salary is $42,000 ($44,000 the second year with a bump to $45,000 once licensed.) Fellows are employees of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and receive the same benefits package as medical residents. This includes three weeks vacation, low cost individual or family health plan, disability and life insurance as well as a $750/year educational allowance to help with licensure materials or other types of educational materials/travel.
Advancement to Year 2 is expected and encouraged and fellows will be asked to sign a commitment letter at the end of the Year 1 to continue in the fellowship. In rare instances, if advancement criteria are not met, a fellow may not be invited to continue training a second year; however, opportunity for remediation would be offered before this decision is made.
Applications are due January 1, 2018. We will select TWO post-doctoral fellows for the 2018-2020 training cycle. One fellow will have their primary health center placement at Hahnemann Family Health Center (HFHC) and one will have their primary health center placement at Barre Family Health Center (BFHC).
The start date is July 1 though this can be delayed if the candidate we select is not available until August or September. Date of availability is not a factor in the decision making for the position. The fellow will be invited to an orientation program developed for the incoming medical residents to orient them to the University of Massachusetts, the training environment, expectations and policies and procedures. This occurs the last week of June. The month of July is largely reserved for a variety of orientation activities.
A current CV, a letter stating your interest, a CV and two letters of recommendation constitute an application. Your cover letter is a particularly relevant component of your application to discuss why our fellowship is of specific interest to you, how your prior experiences have prepared you for this fellowship, and what we can offer to expand your training and prepare you for your anticipated career path. Please note in your application letter whether you are applying to Hahnemann Family Health Center (HFHC) or Barre Family Health Center (BFHC) or if you would like to be considered for either health center. A transcript from your graduate school is not necessary.
Please consider asking for letters of recommendation from supervisors who can speak to your clinical skills, professionalism, teaching skills, ability to take initiative and manage uncertainty, and your experience and ease working on a team.
E-mail submission is strongly preferred. Please address these to Dr. Christine Runyan, Fellowship Director and email to Amy Green at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can also be mailed to Amy Green, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, 55 Lake Ave, N., Worcester MA 01655. Inquiries about the application process can be made to Amy Green at this same email. Inquiries about details of the program can be addressed to Dr. Runyan at Christine.Runyan@umassmemorial.org.
Our interviews are a group interview conducted in conjunction with family medicine residency interviews. 4-5 applicants will be invited for in person interviews at each primary health center location. The day will include an orientation to the health center in a group, individual interviews with core and associated fellowship faculty, interviews with the current fellows, and a tour of the facility. Interviews usually run from about 8:30am – 2pm and include an informal dinner the evening before the interview with current residents, fellows, and other applicants. We do not cover travel expenses but will cover expenses for one night in the hotel prior to the interview and your dinner/breakfast/lunch for the interview.
PLAN EARLY … DATES for INTERVIEWS:
Hahnemann Family Health Center: January 11 (Back up snow day January 25)
Barre Family Health Center: January 19 (Back up snow day January 26)
"The fellowship was the perfect capstone to my training and preparation to function as anindependent professional. The fellowship leaders are the most impactful mentors with whom I had the opportunity to work over the course of the training, the residents are bright and enthusiastic, and the culture is energetic and warm. I cannot imagine a better setting for a learner interested in a career as a leader in the integration of behavioral health into primary care."
James Anderson, PhD
Director of Behavioral Science
Hennepin County Family Medicine Residency
University of Minnesota