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Postdoctoral Training Program in Psychology

Training Network Core Curriculum

In addition to training experiences unique to each of the three programs, our core curriculum brings postdoctoral residents from all specialty areas together on a weekly basis. This approach was designed for two purposes: (1) to expose postdoctoral residents to a broad array of "cutting edge" topics and research findings in psychology and the health care field; and (2) to promote professional development by enhancing residents' understanding of medical/legal issues, the resolution of ethical dilemmas, career development issues, grant writing skills, sensitivity to cultural diversity, and responsible research practices.

The core curriculum offers numerous opportunities for faculty and peer interaction. It consists of the following components:

Postdoctoral Forum: This weekly forum emphasizes professional development. Invited faculty and guests present seminars and lead discussions aimed at enhancing residents' understanding of medical/legal issues, the practical resolution of ethical dilemmas, effective practice in managed care and medical settings, sensitivity to cultural diversity, and grantsmanship. In addition, each postdoctoral resident is responsible for one scholarly research presentation each year. This provides presentation experience opportunities for peer consultation.

Grand Rounds/Invited Lecture Series: The Department of Psychiatry's Grand Rounds/Invited Lecture Series includes presentations by noted scholars on a broad array of current, cutting-edge topics relevant to clinical psychology as well as intermittent case presentations. This is a weekly series that promotes breadth of knowledge and the integration of science and practice. Attendance is required of all postdoctoral residents, with the exception that residents in the Neuropsychology specialty area have the option of attending Department of Psychiatry or Department of Neurology Grand Rounds each week.

Recent topics in the Department of Psychiatry series include: Novel Therapies for Severe Mood Disorders, Reduction of Suicide Risk Through Insomnia Treatment; Importance of a Developmental Approach to Understanding Psychopathology; Neurobiological Sequelae of Early-Life Stress; Lifespan Approaches to the Development of Risk for Substance Abuse; Morbidity of Depression and Bipolar Disorder; Ethical Considerations in Psychiatric Clinical Research; Resting State fMRI Connectivity Studies in Depression and Cognitive Impairment; Neurobiology of Stress-Related Affective Disorders and their Treatment; Improving Physical Health for Persons with Serious Mental Illness; Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the Problem of Heterogeneity; Motion-Emotion Interaction in Brain and Behavior.

Research Responsibility Program: This program is sponsored by the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research. It brings together graduate students, postdoctoral residents, new faculty and staff, and grant-sponsored research residents. In addition to lively discussions about ethical and responsible research practices, the series provides an orientation to specific research policies and practices at the University of Michigan. Topics include Introduction to Responsibility in Research; Authorship, Mentorship, and Data Stewardship; Responsible Data Management; Protections for Human and Animal Subjects of Research; and Conflict of Interest. All topics are covered in one, two-hour session.

Bioethics Grand Rounds (mandatory for all residents, twice per year): This monthly, case-based series is sponsored by the University of Michigan Hospital and Health Centers Ethics Committee. This is an advisory group that provides consultation to professional staff and patients/families on ethical, moral, and philosophical problems and issues encountered in the course of patient care. This committee is also responsible for providing education on case-based ethical issues and practice standards. Recent Bioethics topics have included Money and Trust; Not Ready for Prime Time: Patient Demands for Genetic Testing; Mental Health Care and Managed Care: Is it Working?; and The 'Autonomous' Dependent Decision-Maker: Weighing the Options of Care.