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, 24 (7), 644-51

Psychopharmacology Education in Psychiatry

Psychopharmacology Education in Psychiatry

P E Garfinkel et al. Can J Psychiatry.

Abstract

This study has documented resident dissatisfaction with education in psychopharmacology in one large university and has proposed several solutions. These include: - increased awareness of standards of knowledge necessary for a consultant. - the establishment of a central educative office of clinical psychopharmacology to encourage dissemination of selected literature and to facilitate residents' research under supervision. - recognition that not all staff should be considered capable to provide psychopharmacology supervision and that each hospital should have a designated psychiatrist with special expertise in psychopharmacology. - developing study groups for the purpose of teaching critical evaluation of the literature. - increasing encouragement for residents' participating in clinical research - awareness of residents' difficulties in learning "emotional illness, rejection of biological therapies, and knowing what is expected or not suited to psychiatry" and appropriate actions to alter these. - increased use of audio aids, self-teaching manuals and journals to augment lectures and texts. - increased emphasis on training selected senior residents in how to teach.

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