2635 North 7th Street, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501      970-298-CARE (2273) / 1-800-458-3888
St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
 
 
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Medical Family Therapy Fellowship

Pre-Doctoral Internship or Post-Doc Fellowship in
Medical Family Therapy

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Awards a Certificate of Advanced Specialization in Medical Family Therapy from our co-sponsors, the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Program DescriptionTraining SettingProgram FacultyAbout Grand JunctionApplication ProcessFellowship Testimonials

Program Description:

  • 54-week experience for 2 trainees from June 16, 2014 - June 26, 2015.
  • On-site supervision from an inter-disciplinary team led by an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.
  • Innovative curriculum with dual aims of 1) surpassing all requirements for MFT licensure and PhD completion, and 2) preparation for an academic appointment or clinical career.
  • Each fellow will complete a scholarly project, play an active role in resident education, and benefit from ample opportunities for other scholarly activities.
  • $37,000 stipend supplemented by generous benefits and travel assistance for presenting at the 2014 or 2015 CFHA conference.

Training Setting:

  • The St Mary’s Family Medicine Residency in Grand Junction, CO includes 12 faculty physicians and 24 resident physicians.
  • We are recognized by NCQA as the highest level of Patient-Centered Medical Home.
  • Our on-site integrated care team includes 3 MFTs, an LCSW, addictions counselor, and 2 case managers.
  • Our integrated services include medical family therapy, brief therapy, joint appointments, bump-in-the-hall consults, and numerous modalities of group medical appointments.
  • Training is diversified through inter-disciplinary inpatient rounds and family conferences one morning per week.
  • The fellow will also spend 1 morning each week at the Catholic Outreach Homeless Day Center conducting joint appointments with a resident physician.

Program Faculty:

Randall Reitz PhD, Director of Behavioral Sciences• Dr Reitz is a licensed MFT and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Prior to his current position he was the executive director of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, the executive director of Summit Community Care Clinic, and the Integrated Care Supervisor of Marillac Clinic. Dr Reitz completed his doctoral studies at Brigham Young University under Dr Wendy Watson.

Shannon Keel MD • Dr Keel is a full-spectrum family physician who completed medical school at the University of Colorado and residency in Denver, CO. She will supervise the fellow’s experience at the homeless outreach center experience.

Keith Dickerson MD • Dr Dickerson head our inpatient medicine teaching service, where fellows spend 2 mornings per week. He completed medical school at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and residency at the University of New Mexico.

Amy Davis MD • Dr Davis is a full-spectrum family physician who is the Medical Director of our embedded HIV specialty clinic. She previously practiced integrated care at the VA in Grand Junction and was the Medical Director of Marillac Clinic. She completed medical school at SUNY Buffalo and residency at Dartmouth.

All faculty have completed the certificate program in primary care behavioral health from the University of Massachusetts.

Grand Junction!

  • The “Grand Junction healthcare model” is well-known among innovators and academics. Our integrated care reforms have been highlighted in New England Journal of Medicine, PBS, Families Systems and Health journal, and at numerous academic conferences.
  • Mesa County Colorado is at the heart of western Colorado beauty, including mountains, high deserts, forests, and rivers. We are a Mecca for enthusiasts of winter sports, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, hunting, and fishing.
  • Grand Junction is a town of 50,000 that is large enough to offer excellent restaurants, arts, and shopping while maintaining small town charm.

Application Process

  • Please apply through this website: http://bit.ly/1c9QzqB
  • When applying you will upload the following documents as separate pdf's: letter of interest, 3 letters of recommendation, C.V., GRE scores, and doctoral transcript.
  • For questions, email reitz.randall@gmail.com or call (970) 406-1974.
  • Applications are due by January 17, 2014 and on-site interviews will be in March 2014.

Fellowship Testimonials

Laura is an MFT doctoral candidate at Virginia Tech.

Laura Sudano, MA• My internship at St Mary’s has offered an immense amount of support in my professional development. Aside from the extensive and hands-on clinical training with couples, families, and individuals, this position has enriched my faculty development resources. Here, you have the opportunity to facilitate resident education, research, family-oriented training days, and inpatient family conferences. Dr. Reitz, the Director of Behavioral Sciences, is readily available and works alongside you, as a co-therapist, researcher, teacher, and supervisor.

The faculty and residents are receptive and sensitive to the mental health needs of our patients. Living in Grand Junction is invigorating and offers many new adventures, including trail running in the Colorado National Monument and indulging Colorado’s best ski slopes. The program is an ideal training environment and is located in a beautiful place that provides the work-life balance we all strive to achieve.

 

Kaitlin in an MFT doctoral candidate at Texas Tech.

 

Kaitlin Leckie, MA• My experience in integrated primary care as a Medical Family Therapy Fellow at St. Mary’s has been integral to my career development as a clinician, teacher, and researcher. Working with patients across the lifespan has broadened my clinical scope and skills tremendously and enlightened me to the level of influence I can have on our healthcare system today. Working in the Collaborative Clinic, which provides comprehensive care to patients with HIV, has been especially meaningful.

In addition to training residents in family-oriented care and promoting communion among patients through group medical appointments, scholarly endeavors are encouraged. I am currently designing a clinic-wide research project that engages high-utilizers as agents of their own health. By activating families and involving all members of the treatment team to develop care plans, we aim to improve relational and health outcomes and increase appropriate healthcare utilization by these high-risk patients. This project is made possible by the innovative and supportive spirit present at St. Mary’s.

 

Kyle has a PhD from Kansas State.

Kyle Horst, PhD, LMFT• The Fellowship is a wonderful opportunity to gain advanced intensive training in Medical Family Therapy practice, education, and research. The St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency is not only a reputable medical training program, but is also a great model of collaborative care. The faculty and residents are eager to engage the MedFT fellows and I’ve always felt I’ve had a “place at the table.” Not having any MedFT experience prior to the fellowship, I feel I’m gaining a comprehensive introduction into the field. As a fellow I feel my role is more than a “workhorse”, as I’m given time to focus on research and education in addition to seeing patients. Dr. Reitz is committed to my professional development and tailors the program to my individual interests.