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Educational and Training Opportunities

Instruction occurs through conferences, seminars, course work, individual and group supervision, and day-to-day collaboration with senior staff members. Opportunities for developing supervisory skills are also available.

Regular seminars

Professional Development seminar (1 hour): This monthly seminar focuses on topics such as job search and negotiation, application for grant funding, ethics, risk management, and other topics of interest to the interns and fellows in clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology.

Neuropsychology Seminar (1-1.5 hour): Meets weekly for trainee (interns and postdocs), faculty, and guest speaker (e.g., DHMC neurologists, researchers) presentations on clinical and research topics of relevance to neuropsychology or neuroimaging, group supervision of clinical cases, and ABPP fact-finding practice.

Psychometry Meeting (1 hour): All staff that test patients clinically attend a monthly psychometry seminar headed by our psychometrists and faculty. Topics include discussion of test administration/scoring issues (e.g., how to score an unusual complex figure copy), introduction of new tests or test versions, and other issues related to testing.

Multidisciplinary Epilepsy Surgery Case Conference (1.5 hours): Neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, nurses, residents and fellows meet weekly to discuss pre-surgical findings and surgical planning.

Multidisciplinary PET/CT Case Conference (1 hour/month): The monthly meeting involves neuropsychology and neurology members of the COA Clinic, as well as radiology faculty. Several cases involving older adults are discussed, including review of PET/CT and other neuroimaging scans, to inform differential diagnosis (e.g., AD, FTD, atypical movement disorders). Typically, the postdoc rotating on the COA Clinic presents any neuropsychological findings, though other trainees (postdocs and interns) may also participate.

Multidisciplinary DBS Case Conference (1 hour/month): The monthly meeting discusses patients being considered for DBS surgery. Trainees have the opportunity to present neuropsychological findings.

Lab Meetings (1 hour): Research groups within our lab meet weekly or bi-monthly to discuss ongoing research projects, research methods, outcomes, and propose new studies.

Numerous other didactics are available including Psychiatry Department Grand Rounds, Neurology Grand Rounds and Case Conference, Sports Neuropsychology Seminar Series, Brain Cutting, Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Radiology Grand Rounds, Cognitive Neuroscience lecture series, Summer Neuroscience Institute lectures, etc. There are many other didactic opportunities available at DHMC or on the Dartmouth campus.

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