Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 121–123

Mind the Gap: Neuroscience Literacy and the Next Generation of Psychiatrists

In Depth Article: Commentary


The National Institute of Mental Health seeks to address the gap between modern neuroscience and psychiatric training. The authors describe a two-pronged approach: first, to identify and support trainees in clinical neuroscience and second, to promote neuroscience literacy in psychiatric residency programs.


Psychiatric residency training Milestones Next Accreditation System Neuroscience education Curriculum development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of Mental HealthBethesdaUSA

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