Clinical Psychology Internship
Dear Intern Applicant,
Welcome to the web site of the APA-accredited Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology sponsored by the Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) and the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at WVU School of Medicine in Charleston. This internship is a CAMC graduate medical education residency. The program offers an in-depth training experience in clinical and health psychology services at a large university-affiliated community medical center (CAMC). With emphases on support and flexibility, our objective is to refine interns' clinical and scholarly skills so that they are prepared for work in a variety of settings.
The following information is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of our training program. We look forward to answering any specific questions you might have that are not included in this description.
The internship runs from July to July, consistent with all other CAMC medical residencies. We have three fully-funded internship slots. Pending available funds, in some years an additional funded slot is earmarked for a student from a graduate program in West Virginia who plans to practice in state upon the completion of internship, in order to support our mission of providing doctorally prepared psychologists for rural WV. Eligible students must apply to our program as do all other applicants. The stipend is $36,000 and currently each intern is provided additional funds to use for pre-approved expenses such as travel to professional conferences. All of these funds are provided by the Graduate Medical Education Office at the Charleston Area Medical Center, and interns are CAMC employees. Along with sick days and holidays, interns have two weeks of paid vacation. “Vacation” here means lying on a beach, not defending a dissertation or attending meetings.
Our program participates in the AAPI online application process.
As you prepare for interview season and your decision regarding your future training program, CAMC wants to be transparent in sharing our updated vaccination policy with every applicant to our Institution.
In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the safety of our patients, employees and visitors, CAMC administration announced that all employees and clinical team members, including all interns, residents and fellows, would have to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All new employees and team members must be fully vaccinated to begin work at CAMC.
For many years, CAMC’s Department of Infection Prevention and Employee Health has required the members of our workforce to participate in a mandatory vaccination program against illnesses such as measles, mumps, rubella, and influenza, among others. As of August 25, 2021, COVID-19 is now included in that program and, as with all mandatory vaccines, every employee must either demonstrate proof of vaccination or receive an approved exemption based on medical or religious grounds. CAMC takes all exemption requests seriously and evaluates each request on an individual basis, utilizing the standards set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the West Virginia Human Rights Act.
Medical requests for exemption are reviewed by experienced physicians and nurse practitioners in CAMC’s Department of Employee Health and Infection Prevention. Religious requests for exemption are reviewed by a multidisciplinary team that considers whether the employee has demonstrated a sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance that conflicts with the vaccination requirement. CAMC understands that these are highly personal and often sensitive matters for our employees and we have the utmost respect for the beliefs and observances of our culturally diverse workforce.
Therefore, we strive to communicate with employees in a prompt and respectful manner when addressing these requests. However, all requests, regardless of their nature, will be given individualized review in a manner consistent with applicable state and federal laws. Any resident or fellow matching into a CAMC program would be subject to CAMC’s updated vaccination policy including the COVID-19 vaccination.
Individuals matching to CAMC can either 1) receive their vaccination in advance of their start date or provide verification of vaccination to CAMC; or 2) schedule vaccination with CAMC in the pre-employment process shared with all matched individuals. While requests for an exemption can be submitted to CAMC for consideration, any matched applicant that does not receive an exemption prior to the start of the academic year and refuses vaccination would not be permitted to commence their training with CAMC.
If you have any questions about the CAMC vaccination policy or request for exemption process, please do not hesitate to contact our Graduate Medical Education office at 304-388-9948 for additional information. Thank you
Visiting Our Program
After your application is complete, you may wish to schedule a virtual interview. It is important to note that a virtual interview is not necessary. Three virtual visit days are scheduled in 2022 at this time: January 7th, January 14th, and January 21st. A small group will virtually visit each of these days.
If you are interested in visiting on one of these days, please contact me. Visit requests will be reviewed by the internship committee in terms of general goodness of fit between the applicant and our program. If a visit cannot be arranged, please remember that applicants are not “invited” per se on the basis of strength of application. Rather, we try to meet requests for visits, knowing applicants may want to virtually interview where they might spend a training year. If for any reason you do not visit our program, your application will not suffer as a result. However, if you do not visit, it is important that if you wish to train here that you contact me and faculty in your area of interest, at the addresses noted, to discuss the program and have your questions answered. Our current interns are also available to discuss the program with you. We will do our best to make this as painless as possible. Thank you for your interest in our internship program. We look forward to hearing from you.
John C. Linton, Ph.D, ABPP
Chief Psychologist & Director of Training