During the clinical neuropsychology rotation, interns will perform comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluations. Cases may include a broad variety of clinical presentations such as head injury, stroke, cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other medical disorders. The experience focuses on case conceptualization, test interpretation and communication of test results through written reports and oral presentations. Training is structured according to the intern’s experience level.
The number and complexity of assessments performed are based on prior experience and the level of intern competency observed during training. Outpatient evaluations may include two-, four- or six-hour sessions covering cognitive, behavioral health and psychological assessment measures. A key aspect of training is appropriate integration of medical data including neuroimaging, labs and physician evaluations. Supportive education opportunities include neurology and psychiatry grand rounds, brain cuttings, neuromodulation team conference and other relevant lectures.
Of note, this rotation does not meet criteria for a neuropsychology track or major area of study, as the intern would spend less than 50 percent of their total internship time training in clinical neuropsychology.