amparchiveslogosmThe Academy of Medical Psychology (AMP) is a membership organization for those who are interested or trained in medical psychology. AMP was founded in 1998 to provide a number of membership services, including continuing education, mentoring, recruitment of those wanting to become involved in medical psychology, and to promote research on the practice of medical psychology. The members of AMP are dedicated to advocating for and spreading the practice of Medical Psychology.

Medical Psychology: The practice of medical psychology involves an awareness of and training in medical, psychological, and social factors that inform a broad spectrum of services including psychological diagnosis, treatment, consulting about the use of psychotropic medications, and prescribing of psychotropic medication within the scope of the practice of the profession. For a more extensive definition of medical psychology, please read THIS Also, please see our coverage of medical psychology in WIKIPEDIA

Medical Psychologists are among the most well trained of all Specialties in Psychology.  They are the premier specialty in psychology positioned to take hospital, primary care center, nursing and residential facility leadership and clinical practice, and in private practices that service these organizations and collaborate with general physicians and nurse practitioners.

No specialty in psychology has such broad scientific and treatment education and demonstrated core competencies as a Medical Psychologist.  Different than a psychopharmacologist, the Medical Psychologist is more broadly trained that an added proficiency in psychotropic medications, but the Medical Psychologist is additionally trained in health and lifestyle interventions and differentiation between mental and substance abuse disorders and the psychological components of chronic physical disease and providing treatment for both.  Many Medical Psychologist can also prescribe medications (do psychopharmacology), and others diagnose and consult on psychopharmacology decision with a collaborating medicating doctors and nurse practitioners with the psychologist doing the diagnosis and recommendations for medication and psychotherapy or behavioral psychology aspects of comprehensive treatment plans (Level III consulting).  In one state psychopharmacologists call themselves Medical Psychologists, but this is not a nationally supported use of this term and is misleading.

Medical Psychologists (Board Certified) are uniquely suited and recognized by accrediting bodies for chief of psychology and program and medical staff leadership positions in hospitals and mainstream healthcare facilities.  These facilities are moving toward and are increasingly under pressure from accrediting and funding organizations to staff and program for Integrated Care or a broader and more scientifically supported staffing (multi-disciplinary and working in symmetrical team treatment) and delivery models.  Increasingly, these facilities seek the Diplomate in Medical Psychology to establish and lead these efforts and to supervise them and related staff.

Remember:  There are two levels of AMP membership:  a. any licensed healthcare professional with an interest in participating in our free member CE center, list.serve and fellowship, newsletter, Journal and other publications, workshop events, advocacy efforts, and updates on the area of medical psychology, b. Board Certified Specialists in the Psychological Specialty of Medical Psychology (see below for the requirements for this second level of membership).

To become a board certified Specialist in Medical Psychology we have some of the highest standards for any specialty among the clinical specialties in psychology.  To qualify for Board Certification the Psychologist must complete the following:  a. have an active license to practice healthcare in the area of psychology in any state (without current restriction), b. complete one of three approved basic medical and pharmacological science programs approved by the board (a post doctoral accredited psychopharmacology of medical psychology master’s specialty degree, or the NAPPP CE Pharmacology Certificate Program that is APA Approved, completion of the VERATAS Program), c. Completion of the Introduction to Medical Psychology CE course on our CE Center-APA Approved in order to provide the differentiating philosophy and approach of the Specialty (essential to pass the oral exam and work product requirements), d. complete a qualifying preceptorship/supervision or residency and provide documentation of hours and qualifications of the supervisor (see web site), e. file application for Board Certification and pay the application fee (see fees, required documentation, and proof of preceptorship/residency on this web site) for review of the credentials committee, f. once the credentials committee reviews and approves all the previous materials and qualifications the applicant can be approved for Candidate Status, g. The Candidate schedules, and pays the Oral Examination fee, an Oral Examination and is examined by 3 members of the examination committee (essay questions responded to on Skype/tele examination, or phone, or in person examination; approximately 1-2 hours), and submission of two work product assessments and treatment plan samples that are scored as a part of the examination and must show that the Candidate differentiates between the philosophy and skills of the Medical Psychologist and a clinical or psychopharmacologist, h. passage of a national written examination (we accept our online multiple choice and true-false objective examination, or the PEP, or the VERITAS national examinations at or above the 70th percentile.