The Augusta University/Medical College of Georgia-Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center Psychology Internship (AU/MCG-Charlie Norwood VAMC Psychology Internship) was formed with the guiding principle that synergy could be achieved by pooling resources and interrelating institutional education, clinical service, and research efforts to enhance psychology internship training. Provision of care in interdisciplinary health care settings is a focus of our internship training and our training model focuses on three primary facets of training in the development of professional psychologists:
Augusta University (AU)/The Medical College of Georgia (MCG) - Augusta, GA
Augusta University is the only state-sponsored health university in the State of Georgia. In addition to ten colleges and schools, the university enterprise includes the 478-bed Augusta University Medical Center, the 154-bed Children's Hospital of Georgia, numerous outpatient clinics, classrooms, laboratories, residence halls, a student center, a wellness center and a medical education library. Founded in 1828, Augusta University is home to the Medical College of Georgia, the 13th-oldest continuously operating medical school in the United States and the third oldest in Southeast.
Augusta University Health. The hospital has a full range of medical and surgical services and averages approximately 16,000 admissions per year and 437,000 outpatient visits. The primary and secondary catchment areas for MCG/AU encompass 108 of the 159 predominantly rural counties in the state of Georgia, as well as a number of counties in central western South Carolina. Over a quarter of the patients served by the AU Hospital and outpatient clinics, live in predominantly rural and medically underserved counties. The AU Hospital and Clinics serve a relatively high proportion of indigent patients with 23 percent Medicaid and 13 percent self-supported or no pay status in 2010. Of the some 115,000 to 120,000 patients served, 49 percent are Caucasian, 45 percent are African American, 2 percent are Hispanic, 1.6 percent are Asian, and 2.5 percent are other.
Department of Psychiatry &Health Behavior Outpatient Services.
The AU/MCG Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic serves approximately 3500 to 4000 patients each year, approximately 35 percent of the patients are children and adolescents and 64 percent are adults. Sixty three percent of patient contacts have been with Caucasian patients, 31 percent have been with African American patients, 2 percent have been Hispanic, and 4 percent have been other persons of color. Based on data between 2018-2021, the MCG/AU Outpatient Psychiatry clinic served patients with the following financial support: 42% private insurance, 15% Medicaid, 18% Medicare,7% with self, and 18% other forms of support.
Employee-Faculty Assistance Program
AU/MCG Employee-Faculty Assistance Program (EFAP) provides an on-campus assessment and counseling program for employees, faculty, house staff/residents and interns, graduate students and for the immediate members of their family. The EFAP focuses on problems of either a personal or a work-related nature. Assessments and short-term therapy are available for up to six sessions at no cost to the employee/faculty. For those requiring extended counseling or more specialized therapy, the program can arrange continuing care by an appropriate local practitioner or agency. EFAP staff are also available to consult with supervisors on how to better recognize and work with employees who are experiencing difficulties of various kinds.
The East Central Georgia Regional Hospital (ECRH)
The East Central Georgia Regional Hospital (ECRH) is a state, non-profit, psychiatric hospital in Augusta, Georgia. It is currently among the largest psychiatric hospitals in the state of Georgia. ECRH serves consumers with disabilities including: mental illnesses, substance abuse, and intellectual disability. The Augusta of Campus of ECRH consists of four primary inpatient units that provide services for 2500-3000 patients per year:
Adult Mental Health, General Mental Health, and Forensics.
The Adult Mental Health unit is a short-term, crisis-stabilization unit for both adult males and
females that serves approximately 45-50 patients at a time. The General Mental Health Unit serves approximately 35 patients at a time and provides long-term psychiatric care for individuals with treatment-resistant conditions. The Forensic unit is a 60-bed facility that serves patients who are determined to be Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST) or Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI). Fifty-six percent of the patients served are African American, 40 percent are Caucasian, and 4% are Hispanic. Each unit has an interdisciplinary team who provide assessment, psychotropic treatment, group therapies, and community/discharge planning. Interns rotating in the ECRH have clinical training opportunities with both forensic and acute care populations.
Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center (CNVAMC)
The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center (CNVAMC) of Augusta is a two-division Medical VA downtown Center that provides tertiary outpatient and inpatient services in medicine, surgery, neurology, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine, and spinal cord injury. The Downtown Division is authorized 166 beds (58 medicine, 37 surgery, and 71 spinal cord injury). The Uptown Division, located approximately three miles away and adjacent to Augusta University Health, has 68 psychiatry beds, 60 domiciliary beds, 40 rehabilitation medicine beds and 15 blind rehabilitation beds. In addition, a 132-bed Nurs
ing Home Care Unit is located at the Uptown Division. The primary service area for the VAMC includes 17 counties in Georgia and 7 in South Carolina, and approximately 27,000 veterans. The CNVAMC serves as a regional resource for the treatment of spinal cord injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, blind rehabilitation and general psychiatry. Psychologists and interns at the CNVAMC provide treatment, consultation, education, research, administration, and leadership as a part of a multidisciplinary team. Both VA hospitals are modern facilities with pleasant work and treatment settings.
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