"Medical psychology" really isn't conceptualized well and is not common. It means lost of different things to different people. Psychopharmacology, behavioral genetics, and neuropsychology (which includes neuroanatomy and other neuro heavy topics) are just some of the courses in my program that emphasize biology in clinical psychology. We have external practica in neuro departments, psychiatry departments, transplant and bariatric clinics, and other medical specialties of academic health centers and VAs. Yet, mine is not a "medical psychology" program. Conversely, since medical psychology is not a protected term, a program could feasibly call themselves a "medical psychology" program and have far less actual focus on the biological bases of behavior than my non-medical program.Well I do know theres a relatively newer specialty of psychology, "medical psychology," which uses psychopharm training for psychologists to undertand the biolology of physical illness and how it effects psychological states to be able to tailor their treatments... as well as how medications they are on effect psychotherapy... hospitals and primary care centers are recognizing this training and hiring psychologists as specialists to consult and give advice... I suppose that would be usefull.
I guess my main question is, do you think all these psychopharm programs are going to fizzle out and dissapear? Or do you think there will always be people interested in them whether they decide to prescribe or not?