Conemaugh Memorial's Family Medical Center offers Psychology interns the opportunity for primary care and consultation-liaison services.
Psychology Interns at the Family Medical Center (FMC) will be assigned a role as members of the interdisciplinary primary care team and work in an integrated care setting (community hospital) with physicians, family medicine resident physicians and other health care professionals.
There are opportunities for outpatient and inpatient consultation-liaison with a wide range of medical specialties, assessment and treatment of mental illness and substance abuse, and teaching the psychological dimensions and sequelae of medical illness to family medicine residents.
The outpatient family medicine clinic serves a diverse population, including the underserved. Interns gain experience as part of an integrative healthcare team, and conduct activities including assessment of health risk, conduct psychological assessment, and provide individual and group therapy for patients with multiple health and concomitant mental health issues.
In addition to providing interventions targeting behavioral health concerns that may exacerbate physical health concerns or impair medical treatment adherence, the Psychology Intern will gain proficiency in delivering effective interventions related to the following health-related issues:
- Chronic pain
- Sleep disorders
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic headaches
- Caregiver stress
- Gastrointestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome
- Smoking cessation
- Adjustment to medical conditions such as COPD, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart conditions
While serving a general population, there is also an emphasis on patient populations served by specialty clinics within the department and affiliated departments.
The Ryan White Clinic at the Family Medical Center provides comprehensive healthcare for people infected with HIV/AIDS. An interdisciplinary team of physicians, a psychologist, psychology interns, a nurse practitioner, pharmacists, dieticians, social workers and an infectious disease specialist provide integrated care. Psychology interns conduct biopsychosocial assessments and cognitive screenings as well as provide individual and group treatment.