, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 100-104
Date: 09 Jan 2014

Using Film as the Basis of an American Culture Course for First-Year Psychiatry Residents

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Objective: There is a developing literature on the use of movies for educating psychiatric residents. This may be the first report of the use of film as the basis of a psychiatric resident acculturation course. Method: The author describes an American culture course for PGY-1 psychiatric residents and presents satisfaction and construct validity data. Results: Resident satisfaction was high. Three staff members scored higher than international medical graudates (IMG) residents on a precourse exam. Conclusion: Feature films can be used as the basis for an enjoyable acculturation course.

The author thanks David Garfield for helping to develop the course, Nutan Atre-Vaidya for preparing the postcourse exam, Michael Schrift for contributing to the literature search, Terrie Stengel for making revisions, and Eugene Beresin for suggesting revisions. An earlier version of this article was presented at AADPRT’s 2002 meeting.