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Pediatric - Clinical Training Experiences

University of Michigan

General Neuropsychology Clinic: The general clinic for the Neuropsychology Section presently provides clinical evaluations of more than 3000 adult and pediatric patients annually in response to referrals from across the medical center and the surrounding region.

The Pediatric Neuropsychology resident conducts outpatient evaluations for children and adolescents with a wide array of presenting cognitive and behavioral challenges. The most common referrals include children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD), learning disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), epilepsy, neoplastic disorders, genetic syndromes, sleep disorders, and other psychiatric and neurological disorders. A psychometrist model is used for the majority of the assessments, with the resident responsible for interviewing, interpreting, writing clinical reports, and providing feedback. Residents also provide inpatient consultation services currently on a rotating basis. One of the goals of this program is to ensure that all residents gain experience with patients across the entire lifespan. As such, all UM residents will complete a 4 month experience that involves assessment of adult and geriatric patients.

Postdoctoral residents regularly staff interdisciplinary clinics with medical residents and attending medical staff. Required experiences for pediatric residents are offered ASD Clinic, ADHD Clinic, Epilepsy Clinic, General Neurology Clinic, and Hematology/Oncology Clinic. The experience includes integration of neuropsychological assessment data with neurological and medical evaluations of patients and discussion about aspects of the case along with teaching by attending staff.  

Primary Clinic Experiences:

ASD Clinic:This weekly clinic conducts diagnostic evaluations of children and adolescents with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) as well as comorbid psychiatric and behavioral disorders. Assessments follow a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team approach consisting of a neuropsychological evaluation, social work assessment, speech and language evaluation, and full medical/psychiatric examination.

ADHD Clinic: This weekly clinic conducts diagnostic evaluations of children and adolescents with ADHD as well as comorbid psychiatric and behavioral disorders. Assessments follow a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach consisting of neuropsychological evaluation and full medical/psychiatric evaluation.

Epilepsy Clinic: Residents may participate in the weekly epilepsy conference for pre and post-surgical consultation. The multidisciplinary team consists of neuropsychology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, social work, and speech and language pathology. Opportunities for observation of Wada testing are also available.

General Neurology Clinic: Residents may participate in the weekly pediatric neurology clinic to observe neurological examination and treatment of a variety of neurological disorders (i.e. headaches, seizure disorder, global developmental delay).

Hematology/Oncology Clinic: Residents may participate in the weekly pediatric hematology/oncology clinic for observational learning and team consultation for children and adolescents treated for childhood cancer (e.g. ALL, AML, brain tumor, sickle cell disease).

 

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