Why HCMC?

Why is Hennepin County Medical Center a great place to train as a Doctoral Psychology Intern?

  • We are a place with a mission that resonates with trainees and staff
    • HCMC is a safety net hospital and a nationally recognized Level 1 Trauma Center that serves adults and children/adolescents
    • A vital part of our mission is to provide exceptional care to underserved and vulnerable populations, regardless of ability to pay
  • We are an academic medical center and teaching hospital
    • We have a long history of training, as we were the first teaching hospital in Minnesota
    • We have a large, engaged, and supportive training staff, with more than 40 psychologists in the Psychology Department
    • We provide opportunities to develop skills while working on multi-disciplinary teams with a variety of health care staff
  • We value diversity and provide many opportunities to work with diverse patient populations
    • A recent survey of our patient population found that our patient population includes
      • 39.5% identifying as Black/African American,
      • 33.8% identifying as White/Caucasian
      • 15.3% identifying as Hispanic/Latino
      • 4.4% identifying as American Indian/Native American
      • 3.1% identifying as Asian
      • 4.4% identifying as "Other"
    • About a third of our patients were born in another country, including Mexico, Somalia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Liberia, Laos, and many others.
    • Our trainees routinely work with our large staff of professional medical interpreters
    • We are certified as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign
  • We offer a wide variety of clinical and training experiences
    • Provide care as part of the integrated treatment team at a Level 1 Trauma Center
    • Have opportunities for both inpatient and outpatient training experiences
    • Develop skills in therapy, assessment, and consultation
    • Work in our psychiatric emergency room
    • Gain experience working with patients that have serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI)
    • Train in health psychology settings
    • Take on optional experiences in more focused training areas
      • Integrated primary care, Neuropsychology, etc.
    • Flexibility to help meet your training goals
    • Take on opportunities to work with both adult and child/adolescent patients, regardless of if you are in the child or adult internship track