Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 600–603 | Cite as

Assessing Cultural Psychiatry Milestones Through an Objective Structured Clinical Examination

  • Auralyd Padilla
  • Sheldon Benjamin
  • Roberto Lewis-Fernandez
In Brief Report

Abstract

Objective

Culturally appropriate tools for patient assessment are needed to train psychiatric residents. An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) can be a helpful tool for evaluating trainees in the psychiatry milestones pertaining to cultural competency.

Methods

Seventeen psychiatry residents and fellows at the University of Massachusetts participated in two small-group OSCE exercises to learn cultural interviewing using the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview. Trainee groups presented a cultural formulation and received feedback. Participants were surveyed about their comfort with cultural interviewing before and after the exercise.

Results

Paired t tests (N = 16) showed that mean level of comfort with the Cultural Formulation Interview increased by a mean of 0.5 points after training (t = 3.16, df = 15, p < 01 95 % CI = 163–837).

Discussion

The UMass culturally appropriate assessment OSCE enhanced psychiatric trainees’ comfort with culturally appropriate interviewing using the Cultural Formulation Interview.

Keywords

Cultural competency Objective structured clinical examination Psychiatry milestones 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Supported by a grant from the American Psychiatric Association SAMHSA Minority Fellowship.

Disclosure

Dr. Lewis-Fernandez receives royalties from American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. for the DSM-5 Handbook on the Cultural Formulation Interview.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Auralyd Padilla
    • 1
  • Sheldon Benjamin
    • 1
  • Roberto Lewis-Fernandez
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MassachusettsWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.NYS Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA

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