Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 475–481 | Cite as

Teaching the Teachers of Clinical Psychopharmacology

  • Carl Salzman
  • Ira D. GlickEmail author
In Depth Article: Commentary


This commentary focuses on psychopharmacology teachers and their teaching. The authors offer broadly based pedagogic suggestions on how to deliver evidence-based and neurobiologically informed prescribing information to clinicians at all levels of experience. They argue that teaching essential psychopharmacology knowledge and practice must be up-to-date, accurate, and consistent with the reality of an individual patient’s life experience and beliefs. They stress that educators must teach that nonpsychopharmacological factors in a patient’s life may be as relevant to the treatment setting as the actual pharmacological basis of psychotropic drug therapeutics.


Psychopharmacology Teaching techniques Continuing medical education Evaluation 



Dr. Glick is the editor/chairman of a committee that has developed the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology's model psychopharmacology curriculum. There was no funding source for this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Stanford Medical SchoolStanfordUSA

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