Interns participating in a minor rotation at the Burn and Frostbite Center will have exposure to an acute inpatient medical setting that offers experiences that align with an interest in health service psychology. A licensed psychologist is a member of the Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison (CL) service with the University of Colorado Hospital and is designated to the Burn and Frostbite Center. UCH Burn and Frostbite Center consists of 8 Burn Intensive Care Unit (BICU) patient rooms, 8 step-down patient rooms, and an outpatient clinic.
Typically, patients are admitted to the hospital for treatment of medical conditions requiring burn specialty care and may have co-occurring psychiatric concerns that affect their medical care. These psychiatric concerns may be present prior to the patient’s admission to the hospital or may arise during the patient’s stay. The integrated psychologist with the burn center is consulted for all psychiatric concerns. The psychologist typically conducts the initial psychiatric evaluation, develops a treatment plan, and provides treatment. As needed, the psychologist will consult the Psychiatry branch of the CL team to provide diagnostic clarification, medication recommendations, and/or support with discharge planning. The Psychiatry CL team consists of a rotating group of department of psychiatry faculty (attendings), as well as psychologists, social workers, medical students, psychiatry residents, and psychiatry fellows. In addition to direct patient care, the burn psychologist is involved in various program development and research projects.