Psychiatry resident/fellow-initiated and -designed multi-modal psychopharmacology curriculum for major depression

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry

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Psychopharmacology; Internship and Residency; Curriculum; Depressive Disorder, Major


Medical Education | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


Psychiatric residency programs must train psychiatrists to be proficient in psychopharmacology, despite having a limited number of faculty who are student-centered, knowledgeable, and effective educators in psychopharmacology as well as time constraints on those faculty who are available. Although almost all psychiatrists prescribe medications, residency programs are not required to demonstrate their competency in clinical psychopharmacology. An assessment of psychopharmacology competency on American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) examinations suggests that residents are not being adequately trained in psychopharmacology. Psychopharmacology is traditionally taught through didactics and apprenticeship; these teaching methods have drawbacks, including large lecture formats with passive learning and small-group learning, with overemphasis on difficult-to-treat cases. Therefore, the development of a multi-modal curriculum to support psychopharmacology education in U.S. adult psychiatry residency training programs that addresses these shortcomings would be an important step forward.

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Acad Psychiatry. 2012 Sep 1;36(5):414-8. doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.10080116. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry

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