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VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

 

Training for Healthcare Professionals

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Chiropractic Care Residency Training

The focus of this program is Integrated Clinical Practice, with training emphasizing the provision of chiropractic care in an integrated healthcare system. The residencies provide advanced clinical training in complex case management, allowing recent graduates to increase their scope and depth of clinical knowledge, experience and acumen. Residents are mentored by senior VA chiropractors who are national leaders in integrated chiropractic practice. These clinicians share their expertise in patient care, academics and research to provide a robust educational experience.

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Information on our Pharmacy Residency program can be found at www.pbm.va.gov/PBM/education/vapharmacyresidencyprogram.asp .

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency

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Since 1955, our program has trained more than 250 physiatrists and has been dedicated to providing quality patient care. We are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and offer outstanding clinical experiences in all aspects of clinical neurorehabilitation and musculoskeletal medicine including interventional physiatry, electrodiagnostic medicine, amputee care, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and other subspecialty areas.

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Physical Therapy

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Residency Program Mission Statement

To provide high-quality training to entry-level Physical Therapists, using evidence-based, experiential and didactic learning, to train masterful clinicians who possess strong problem-solving abilities, and the desire for self-reflective, life-long learning.

Purpose and Philosophy

The bridge between theory and practice in a novice Physical Therapist in the initial years after formal education is often unclear and met with ambiguous thought processes through trial and error. Without continued mentorship and formal guidance, there grows a blind allegiance to the formative years of learning. One’s pitfalls as a student perpetuate years after graduation. In the case of orthopaedics, some of these pitfalls stem from limited training in kinesiology and how pathologic movement is a basis for neuromusculoskeletal disease. The program aims to provide the Resident with a deeper understanding of the basic science of human anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology, and to be able to extrapolate the breadth and depth of knowledge into the whole patient from the cellular level, to the physical, and biopsychosocial domains. The strong foundation in movement science will improve the analytical and diagnostic ability, such that the Resident will be able to apply highly-effective manual therapy interventions. These include manipulations, as well as tailored therapeutic exercise interventions as suggested by Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs). To achieve this goal, it is imperative that the program emphasizes the importance of skills required for successful implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP), including assessing the patient’s condition, asking important clinical questions specific to patients, acquiring evidence, critical appraisal of evidence, and applying the results to the patients. In addition to the clinical implementation, the results of the critical review of current literature will then serve as a means to identify the knowledge gaps and potential areas of future research. The Resident will also have an opportunity to participate in research projects as part of this Residency Program. The practice of transferring words and ideas to intervention, and contributing to pauses in the evidence, are the very basic tenets of this program.

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Psychiatry

Psychiatry Residency Training Program

Our program utilizes various measures to gauge the progress of residents and the training experience. Direct observation of work with patients and performance in the didactic curriculum is combined with a review of the written clinical record. Written and verbal feedback from supervisors is standard. All residents take the Psychiatric Resident-In-Training Examination (PRITE) yearly as a measure of their cognitive knowledge based on national norms. Residents take oral examinations yearly to assess competence in clinical assessment, differential diagnosis, case formulation, and treatment plan. A log of psychotherapy cases is maintained to ensure a balanced mix of clinical experience across diagnostic categories, and utilization of the widest possible variety of interventions.

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Clinic Directory for Psychiatry Training

The General Outpatient Mental Health Clinic is for Veterans who present with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses and whose needs would not be better served by one of the specialty outpatient mental health programs. Common disorders that are treated in our clinic include: depression, anxiety, non-combat PTSD, psychotic, Bipolar Disorder and substance use. Individual, couples/family and group therapies are made available to our patients, in addition to psychological testing and vocational rehabilitation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Diagnosing and treating all psychiatric disorders for patients in a Veteran population.
  2. Collaborating effectively with clinicians within an interdisciplinary team which includes therapists and case managers.
  3. Maximizing the psychiatric and overall care of outpatients by navigating and optimizing the use of a complex healthcare system.

VA West Los Angeles Medical Center

VA West Los Angeles Medical Center

Contact

Anna Okonek, Ph.D.
Director, Psychology Training
Anna.Okonek@va.gov
P: (310) 478-3711 ext. 40301

VA West Los Angeles
Medical Center
11301 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90073-1003
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APPIC Match Numbers

General Internship: 113811
Geropsychology: 113812

2020 Application Deadline

Internship: November 1
Postdoctoral Residency: December 30

Internship Program

The doctoral internship at the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Our next site visit will be during the academic year 2027.

Applications for full-time internship positions will be accepted from doctoral students who are enrolled at an American Psychological Association (APA) or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) accredited graduate program in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined psychology or Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) accredited program in Clinical Science. Applicants with a doctorate in another area of psychology who meet the APA or CPA criteria for respecialization training in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology are also eligible. Per VA policy, funded trainees must be U.S. citizens. Please see our eligibility page for additional VA eligibility requirements. Applicants must be in good standing, have completed all coursework, and been approved for internship status by the graduate program training director. The training program is funded to support eight full-time internship positions, three of which are designated for trainees who will spend six months on rotations in Geropsychology. Applicants should have acquired a minimum of 400 hours of supervised direct intervention and 100 hours of assessment experience at the time of application.

The West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center is located in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the nation and serves U.S. military Veterans who represent a mixture of ethnic, cultural, and individual diversity. Our internship program values individual and cultural diversity and strongly encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply. In keeping with our commitment to diversity, we seek an internship class that represents a wide range of backgrounds, interests, talents and life experiences.

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Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Program

For the 2020-2021 training year, the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center will be recruiting for five (5) one-year postdoctoral residency positions in Clinical Psychology with emphasis/focus area training as described below. Applicants are required to have received a doctorate from an APA or CPA accredited graduate program in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology or PCSAS accredited Clinical Science program. Persons with a doctorate in another area of psychology who meet the APA or CPA criteria for re-specialization training in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology are also eligible. Per VA policy, all funded trainees must be U.S. citizens. For additional VA eligibility requirements, please see our eligibility page.

These full-time (2080 hours over 12 months) residency positions offer emphasis area training in: Health Psychology, Trauma Psychology, Interprofessional Integrative Health (two positions) and Homeless Mental Health and Substance Abuse. We seek applicants with strong skills in intervention, assessment, and consultation and our selection criteria focus on prior training/clinical experience and the perceived fit between applicant’s goals and training program objectives. Our postdoctoral program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and we recently underwent a multi-practice program site visit (in 2018) and are awaiting a decision from the APA Commission on Accreditation for our Clinical Psychology residency positions (decision expected in August of 2019). We received accreditation through 2029 for our Clinical Neuropsychology program.

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Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Residency Program

For the 2020-2021 training year, the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center will be recruiting for three two-year postdoctoral residency positions in Clinical Neuropsychology. Applicants are required have received a doctorate from an APA or CPA accredited graduate program in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology or PCSAS accredited Clinical Science program. Persons with a doctorate in another area of psychology who meet the APA or CPA criteria for re-specialization training in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology are also eligible Per VA policy, all funded trainees must be U.S. citizens. For additional VA eligibility requirements, please see our eligibility page.

These full-time residency positions offer specialty training in Clinical Neuropsychology over the course of two years (4160 hours). We have three positions available, as follows: 1. General Neuropsychology, 2. TBI/Rehab Neuropsychology, and 3. Geriatric Neuropsychology. We seek applicants with a solid breadth and quality of prior general clinical training, specialized training in clinical neuropsychology, and who can articulate a good fit between their professional goals and the program training experiences. Successful candidates typically have substantial academic and clinical experience in neuropsychology and will have completed doctoral and internship training that meets the Houston Conference guidelines in Clinical Neuropsychology. Our postdoctoral program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and we recently underwent a multi-practice program site visit (in 2018) and received specialty accreditation in clinical neuropsychology through 2029.

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VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center

VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center

Contact

Alexis D. Kulick, Ph.D., ABPP
Director, Psychology Training Alexis.Kulick@va.gov
P: (818) 891-7711 ext. 32734

VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center
16111 Plummer Street
North Hills, CA 91343
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APPIC Match Numbers

116312

2020 Application Deadline

Internship: November 1
Residency: December 27

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Internship Program

The doctoral internship at the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). The next site visit will be during the academic year 2023. We currently offer six fully-funded general internship positions. According to VA policy, internship funding can be provided only to students who are U.S. citizens and are in good standing at an American Psychological Association (APA) or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) accredited graduate program in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined psychology or at a Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) accredited program in Clinical Science. Applicants with a doctorate in another area of psychology who meet the APA or CPA criteria for re-specialization training in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology are also eligible. In addition, we require that a prospective intern's university advisor or director of training verify that he or she approves and recommends that the student receive an internship at this facility as specified on the APPIC "Academic Program's Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness" form. To be considered, internship applicants must demonstrate completion of at least three years of graduate course work and a minimum of 400 direct contact hours in intervention and 80 hours in assessment by the application date. The Psychology Department at Sepulveda is committed to expanding the diversity characteristics of our staff and training programs; qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The postdoctoral residency program at the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). The next site visit will be during the academic year 2028. Prior to the start of residency, a candidate must have obtained a doctorate in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from a graduate program approved by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was completed. The applicant may have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and have successfully completed a re-specialization program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology that is APA or CPA accredited. The applicant is expected to have completed an internship program accredited by APA or CPA or have completed a VA-sponsored internship. We currently offer TWO permanently funded postdoctoral residency positions: one in Trauma and one in Primary Care Mental Health Integration/Behavioral Medicine (PCMHI/B-Med). We will be requesting temporary funding for an additional position in a general Mental Health Clinic and Women’s Health Clinic (MHC/WHC) position for the 2020-2021 training year. We will announce this additional position in this emphasis area once confirmed and list all available positions in the Universal Psychology Postdoctoral Directory (UPPD). We also welcome any interested applicants to contact the training director to inquire about availability.

We are seeking residency applicants with strong skills in intervention, assessment, consultation, program development, and program evaluation activities. Our selection criteria focus on background training, clinical experiences, and the perceived fit between the applicant’s goals and the objectives of the training programs. The Psychology Department at Sepulveda is committed to expanding the diversity characteristics of our staff and training programs; qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center

VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center

Contact

Anna Leshner, PhD
Director, Psychology Training
Anna.Leshner@va.gov

Kimberly Newsom, PhD
Assistant Director of Training Kimberly.Newsom@va.gov
P: (213) 253-2677 ext. 24819

VA Los Angeles
Ambulatory Care Center
351 East Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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APPIC Match Numbers

113911

2020 Application Deadline

Internship: November 1 Residency: December 30

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Internship Program

The psychology doctoral internship program at VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center (LAACC) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). We have been continually accredited by APA since 1977, and our most recent reaccreditation process granted us 10 years of accreditation, to be reviewed again in 2028.

VA LAACC is part of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS), along with VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center and VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center. VAGLAHS is one of the largest healthcare systems within the VA. Our clinic is an ambulatory care facility located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles that provides comprehensive medical and mental health services to its diverse veteran population. We offer generalist training in a variety of different clinics as outlined in our program brochure. The VA LAACC training program is funded to support 4 full-time internship positions for the 2020-2021 training year. We accept applications from qualified students who meet VA eligibility requirements, have completed their dissertation proposal, and have obtained our minimum intervention and assessment hours. We greatly value diversity, and encourage eligible internship applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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Postdoctoral Residency Program

The postdoctoral residency program at VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center (LAACC) recently applied for initial APA accreditation. The program successfully submitted an initial accreditation application and had its first site visit in June 2019. The program is currently awaiting the accreditation decision from the APA CoA.

We have permanent funding for one full-time, year-long postdoctoral position specializing in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration and Substance Use Disorders (PCMHI/SUD). The selected resident in this position will receive year-long advanced training in psychology with emphasis areas in both PC-MHI and SUDs, with additional elective training opportunities. Supervision for the postdoctoral resident will be provided through the three PC-MHI psychologists on staff and the psychologist who directs the Addictive Behaviors Clinic, with possible supplemental supervision by other members of our psychology training staff.

We accept applications from qualified candidates who meet VA eligibility requirements and have interest and experience in Primary Care Mental Health and working with Substance Use Disorders. We also greatly value diversity, and encourage eligible applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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