Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 42, Issue 6, pp 873–874 | Cite as

Medical Students Actively Seek Gun Violence Education

  • Noha Abdel GawadEmail author
  • Gregory Hestla
  • J. Chase Findley
Feature: Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

A paucity in published research on gun violence education exists in both medical school and residency curricula addressing the topic [1]. As such, we would like to share our experience with responding to the request of medical students from McGovern Medical School in Houston, TX, for additional teaching on “gun violence” from the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.

In December 2017, two first year medical students approached the Director of Medical Student Education (J.C.F.) requesting for Psychiatry’s input in an optional enrichment lecture series examining the mental health impact of mass shootings. The recent shootings in Las Vegas, NV, (October 2017) and Sutherland Springs, TX, (November 2017) had motivated the students to seek the inclusion of specific teaching on gun violence in their medical school curriculum. Their aim was to understand the extent of the problem, the role of mental healthcare in its prevention, and their potential roles as future...



The authors would like to thank Marina Ibraheim and Michael Bagg, first year medical students at McGovern Medical School, for taking the initiative to organize this lecture series.

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

  1. 1.McGovern Medical School University of Texas Health Science Center at HoustonHoustonUSA

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