In-Service & Training
The program is divided into a number of components, some of which are mandatory for the intern to attend, others of which the intern may choose voluntarily. Interns are expected to attend the in-service training sessions held on each unit to which they have been assigned. On the Inpatient Unit in-service, seminars relevant to the care of severely regressed patients are offered. In the Child and Adolescent Service, the topics may relate to the adaptation of immigrant children to life in the U.S.A. or the management of disorders specific to children. The Wellness Recovery Service offers a variety of case presentations on the severely and persistently mentally ill patient. Treatment and Planning Conferences are held on all units. At these conferences, the intern will learn how to effectively organize an exposition of his or her treatment of a case and how to account for and justify the approach within a context of interdisciplinary scrutiny. Understanding how cases are managed from different clinical and disciplinary perspectives will broaden comprehension of clinical problems and their amelioration.
For interns and externs, attendance is mandatory at weekly didactics. Included in this seminar are presentations by members of our multicultural staff about issues pertinent to their specific cultural backgrounds, as well as other topics including psychotropic medications, CBT, trauma-informed treatments, eating pathology, among others. We also invite past MMC psychology interns to present for the current class on a variety of topics within their area of expertise. This model helps to motivate the interns by learning from psychologists who were interns here themselves, to provide lectures that are directly related to the work that psychologists are doing, and to foster a greater connection among Maimonides graduates and current interns.
The Training Director and Associate Director hold weekly meetings for interns, as a vehicle to ensure contact amongst the interns who are otherwise in different units of service. Attendance is expected at the weekly Grand Rounds where invited speakers address the entire Department of Psychiatry staff. Interns are also required to attend the psychology staff meetings where staff is involved in the business, professional and political components of psychology in a medical center.