, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 23-28

From Yoda to Sackett: The Future of Psychiatry Medical Student Education

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Abstract

Objective

The authors discuss approaches to curricular goals, methods, and assessments in the education of medical students in psychiatry.

Methods

Using current educational principles and opinions on curricular reform in medical student education, an outline for a core curriculum and an individualized approach to medical student education were developed.

Results

A curricular outline addressing both content and organization was developed for all students as well as those specifically entering clinical psychiatry, neuroscience research, and primary care.

Conclusions

In addition to a standard core curriculum there should be a tailored approach for certain subsets of students. The core curriculum should be an “ideal minimum” that recognizes the importance of evidence based medicine and is strategically planned and learner focused.

This study was presented at the American Psychiatric Association Summit on Medical Student Education, April 2005, Washington, DC.
This study was not supported by any grant or other funding source.
The authors thank the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of South Carolina School of Medicine; the Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco; and the American Psychiatric Association.