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-sponsor, the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Program Description 
Training Setting
Program Faculty 
About Grand Junction 
Application Process 
Fellowship Testimonials

Program Description:

  • 54-week experience for 2 trainees from June 15, 2015 - June 28, 2016.
  • 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 2015 or 2016 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 rotations in the hospital, an HIV specialty care clinic, and a homeless outreach clinic.

Program Faculty:

Randall Reitz PhD, Director of Behavioral Sciences
Dr Reitz is a licensed MFT and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Prior joining the St. Mary's faculty he was the executive director of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, the CEO of Summit Community Care Clinic. Dr Reitz completed his doctoral studies at Brigham Young University under Dr Wendy Watson.

Amy Davis, MD
Dr Davis is the Medical Director of our embedded HIV specialty clinic. She completed medical school at SUNY Buffalo and residency at Dartmouth.

Keith Dickerson, MD
Dr Dickerson heads our inpatient medicine teaching service, where fellows spend 2 mornings per week.  He studied at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Becky Ela, LCSW completed her graduate studies at Colorado State University. She supervises the fellowship’s rotation in our embedded HIV speciality clinic.

Amy Gallagher, PsyD is Director of Integrated Care for our community mental health center.  She oversees our pediatric curriculum and co-facilitates weekly group supervision.

Shannon Keel, MD
Dr Keel completed medical school at the University of Colorado. She supervises the fellows’ experience at the homeless outreach center. 

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 60,000 that is large enough to offer excellent restaurants, arts, and shopping while maintaining western charm.

Application Process

  • Please apply through this website: http://ht-jobs.net/Y6C3FYP
  •  When applying you will upload the following documents as separate pdf’s: cover letter,
       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 16, 2015 and on-site interviews will be in March 2015 

Fellowship Testimonials

faculty_mitchellStephen Mitchell, Mdiv •  My fellowship experience at St. Mary's has been a rich time of clinical and professional development. I’ve seen integrated care in "action" as doctors, nurses, support staff, and the behavioral health team gather on a regular basis to discuss patient needs and best practices for care.  Professionally I have been able to teach residents about the biopsychosocial-spiritual model of care and present to other professionals and the community on similar topics.  Dr. Reitz has a strong focus on fellows’ developing their vision and goals as professionals.  I have greatly benefited from this guidance and encouragement.  The experience is enhanced by the quality of the people who work at St. Mary's. There truly is a family feel to St. Mary's, and I felt welcome from the moment I interviewed for the position.  My family and I have also immensely enjoyed the easy access to hiking, camping, and skiing here in the Grand Valley.  I am grateful for my time here at St. Mary's and firmly believe it is the best place in the country to learn about and engage in integrated care

faculty_leckieKaitlin Leckie, PhD • My experience as a MedFT Fellow at St. Mary’s has been integral to my career development as a researcher, clinician, and teacher. One of the highlights of my experience has been leading a clinic-wide, multidisciplinary project to engage high-risk, complex patients as agents in their healthcare. Our Family-Activated Care Team Care Plans were recognized by the local medical society as a community-wide best practice.  My dissertation data were collected through the FACT project and focused on the multifaceted relationships between health activation, social support, overall functioning, and utilization of healthcare services among high-risk patients. This project would not have been possible without the innovative and supportive spirit present at St. Mary’s and especially Dr Reitz’s apt balance of guidance and respect for my autonomy. Conducting such a large clinical and scholarly endeavor  broadened my scope and skills tremendously and provided further enlightenment regarding the level of influence MedFTs can have on our healthcare system today.

Kyle Horst, PhD • The Fellowship was a wonderful opportunity to gain advanced intensive training in Medical Family Therapy practice, education, and research. The residency is not only a reputable medical training program, but is also a great model of collaborative care.  Not having any MedFT experience prior to the fellowship, I gained a comprehensive introduction into the field. The faculty was committed to my professional development and tailored the program to my individual interests.  After completing the fellowship, I accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at California State University, Chico. The experience I received educating family medicine residents in family systems and behavioral health has directly influenced my current supervision and classroom practices. Furthermore, the diverse clinical exposure I gained through the fellowship offered valuable insight into working with many different patients and patients issues. The guidance provided by Dr. Reitz was invaluable and still remains a cherished resource.

Laura Sudano, MA • My internship at St Mary’s offered an immense amount of support in my professional development. Dr. Reitz is readily available and works alongside you, as co-therapist, researcher, teacher, and supervisor. Living in Grand Junction was invigorating and offered many new adventures, including trail running in the Colorado National Monument and indulging Colorado’s best ski slopes. This beautiful place provided the work/life balance we all strive to achieve. I am joining the Wake Forest School of Medicine as the Director of Behavioral Health on their family medicine faculty. St Mary's fellowship prepared me for this position with great training in teaching the behavioral sciences, evaluating residents per ACGME milestones, completing practice-based research with physicians, and providing patient care in multiple settings.