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CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY POSTDOCTORAL RESIDENCY SUMMARY OF RESIDENCY ACTIVITIES

The following represents a concise summary of the clinical activities, requirements, and didactics included in the OUHSC/OKC VAHCS Clinical Neuropsychology Residency Program. In total, you will complete 2000 hours during each year of residency and you will accumulate over 1000 hours of face-to-face contact during the residency. Most residents evaluate between 110-120 patients each year.  

Design of Residency: The residency in neuropsychology is designed to provide extensive didactic training, clinical assessment, treatment experiences in neuropsychology, and development of research skills. Residency activities include both general and specific elements. Residents have the opportunity to choose certain clinical and research activities to fit with their goals and interests which is implemented and determined by their training plan. Additionally, residents work closely with one or more faculty members to develop and execute at least one research project or paper each year.

Resident Training Plan (RTP): We will provide you with an outline to complete a training plan that will serve as a guide for all of the clinical, research, and didactic experiences you will complete during residency. This training plan will help you meet the seven Clinical Competencies and five Neuropsychology Specialty Competencies contained within our program. We have several samples to help guide this progress.  

Clinical: You will be scheduled to see three clinical cases each week with your supervisors. You are responsible for testing one patient each week (except during Medical Neuroscience course and Clerkship) and writing three reports (except during Clerkship). In all, you will likely average 12-14 hours of face-to-face clinical contact each week and another 25-30 hours of clinical documentation, research, and didactic activities. 

Supervision: Residents will have two hours of regularly scheduled face-to-face supervision on a weekly basis. You will likely have additional informal supervision beyond this, but a minimum of two hours must be scheduled in an individual format with your clinical supervisors each week.  

Didactics: You will spend a significant portion of your residency completing regularly scheduled didactic activities each week throughout the residency. Two additional required didactics are offered at certain times during the residency. Medical Neuroscience course (Fall of 1st year) and 4-week Neurology Clerkship (Spring of 2nd year). Didactics include:  

  1. Neuroscience course with Medical Students – (12 weeks during 1st Fall Semester)
  2. Neuropsychology Case Conference (1.0 hour weekly)
  3. Neurology Chairman’s Morning Report (1.0 hour weekly)
  4. Neurology Rounds (1.0 hour weekly)
  5. Neurosurgery Rounds (1.0 hour monthly-Optional)
  6. Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds (2.0 hours monthly; 75% attendance required)
  7. Clinical Neurology Clerkship (1 month during second year)
  8. Professional Development Seminar (3 hours monthly)
  9. ABPP Preparatory Didactic (2-3 hours monthly)
  10. Research Meetings (2 hours monthly)
  11. Directors’ Meetings (1 hour monthly broken into 15 minute segments with I and J)
  12. Geropsychology didactics and team meetings (for resident with geropsychology emphasis).

 Research: Each year you will complete a research project. Research meetings occur on the 2nd and 4th Fridays at noon. You will also have a research supervisor. Past projects that have been published are included in this packet. Other projects that would count towards this requirement aside from peer review studies include completing an extension of your dissertation with additional analyses, a quality improvement project within your section/department, or completion of a grant application for the funding of a research study.

 By the end of your Postdoctoral Fellowship, you will have completed all of the formal course work and clinical rotations of our Medical Students at graduation.