During the 6-month transplant psychology rotation, psychology interns will be an integral part of a multidisciplinary transplant team consisting of physicians, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, and social workers. The emphasis of the rotation is becoming proficient at pre-transplant psychosocial assessments for transplant recipients and living kidney donors and treating post-transplant patients with appropriate psychological interventions. This rotation includes a combination of inpatient and outpatient experiences.
Pre-surgical assessments include a thorough clinical interview with a separate caregiver interview and at times, brief neuropsychological screening. Recommendations are given to patients on ways to improve their candidacy for transplant from a psychosocial perspective and/or to be better prepared for adhering to the post-transplant regimen.
Post-transplant interventions may occur during patients' hospitalizations at any point after transplant or during outpatient clinic visits. Interventions related to coping with complications of transplant, depression, anxiety, and non-adherence are often provided.
Interns can participate in weekly organ transplant patient selection meetings in which patients' candidacy for transplant is determined. In addition, there are opportunities for research which may include participating in ongoing projects or initiating a new project of the intern's interest.