Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 369–372 | Cite as

Integration of Basic and Clinical Science in the Psychiatry Clerkship

  • Kirsten M. Wilkins
  • David Moore
  • Robert M. Rohrbaugh
  • Gregory W. Briscoe
In Brief Report



Integration of basic and clinical science is a key component of medical education reform, yet best practices have not been identified. The authors compared two methods of basic and clinical science integration in the psychiatry clerkship.


Two interventions aimed at integrating basic and clinical science were implemented and compared in a dementia conference: flipped curriculum and coteaching by clinician and physician-scientist. The authors surveyed students following each intervention. Likert-scale responses were compared.


Participants in both groups responded favorably to the integration format and would recommend integration be implemented elsewhere in the curriculum. Survey response rates differed significantly between the groups and student engagement with the flipped curriculum video was limited.


Flipped curriculum and co-teaching by clinician and physician-scientist are two methods of integrating basic and clinical science in the psychiatry clerkship. Student learning preferences may influence engagement with a particular teaching format.


Medical students: clerkship Curriculum development Teaching methods Subspecialty: geriatric psychiatry 



The authors would like to acknowledge Drs. Carl Edelen and David Russell for their teaching contributions and Dr. Jessica Gold for her review of the manuscript.

Compliance with Ethical Standards


On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kirsten M. Wilkins
    • 1
  • David Moore
    • 1
  • Robert M. Rohrbaugh
    • 1
  • Gregory W. Briscoe
    • 2
  1. 1.Yale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Eastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA

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