Teaching forensic psychiatry to general psychiatry residents

Acad Psychiatry. 2004 Spring;28(1):40-6. doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.28.1.40.


Objective: The Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires that general psychiatry residency training programs provide trainees with exposure to forensic psychiatry. Limited information is available on how to develop a core curriculum in forensic psychiatry for general psychiatry residents and few articles have been published on the topic.

Methods: The objective of this article is to provide an overview of forensic psychiatry topics likely to be of benefit to general psychiatry residents.

Results: The article is intended to be a springboard for future development of forensic curricula suitable for residents rather than a blueprint for an educational program.

Conclusion: Although most general psychiatry residents will not specialize in forensic psychiatry, a working knowledge of basic concepts in forensic psychiatry should be considered an important component of general psychiatry education.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Criminal Law
  • Curriculum*
  • Forensic Psychiatry / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Professional Competence
  • Program Development
  • Psychiatry / education*