Specialty rotations are an important component of the structure of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience specifically, and the University of Chicago Medicine more generally, and serve as the primary training settings for the internship. They provide interns with the opportunity to work alongside skilled psychologists; psychiatrists; other pediatric and adult physician specialists, such as neurologists, oncologists, or geriatricians; and clinical social workers and Child Life professionals, in a variety of diverse settings, across various areas of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry. Rotations in the specialty clinics and services introduce interns to the differing areas of practice that exist within the profession, and help them refine their own specialty interests.
In consultation with their primary mentor, interns choose a total of four full-time rotations: two rotations are completed each six month period of the training year. One rotation is equivalent to one full-day of clinical (or research) commitment, each week. An intern may elect to take the same rotation again (i.e., a depth of training approach) or may choose another, different track rotation, to gain a wider training experience (i.e., a breadth of training approach). Interns must participate in at least three clinical rotations related to their designated track. For example, the Adult Neuropsychology Intern will typically complete the Memory Disorders Rotation, and two Adult Neuropsychology Clinic Rotations. In selecting a fourth rotation option, the intern may elect to complete a research rotation, or opt for a rotation from one of the Adult or Child track offerings. Over the years, popular “outside” track rotations taken by Adult Neuropsychology interns have been the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and the Consult/Liaison Service on the Adult Psychology track. In order to provide interns with maximum opportunity to sample the program’s many clinical and research offerings, arrangements for a “mini” rotation (half day) may be made.
Each rotation involves clinical work and supervision, and most rotations also include a seminar or case conference. The various specialty clinics that are currently available to interns are described for each track, in the relevant track sections. It is important to note, however, that rotations may change over time, with some options being added, and others possibly becoming unavailable for the training year an intern enters the program. Please feel free to inquire about the availability of particular rotations that may be of specific interest.