Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 451–454 | Cite as

Preclinical Medical Student Attitudes Toward Use of Psychiatry Residents as Actors in a Suicide and Violence Risk Assessment Simulation Activity

  • Mary E. SteinmannEmail author
  • Gretchen A. Case
  • Sean Ferrell
Feature: Educational Case Report

It is important to prepare medical students for the transition to clinical work during their preclinical years and to transform classroom knowledge into clinical skills. Suicide and violence risk assessment is an essential clinical skill that is infrequently taught deliberately in medical education [1]. Experience working with real patients at risk of suicide or violence is critical to gain during clinical years and difficult to gain during preclinical years. When teaching broad psychiatry concepts, simulation offers the advantages of being logistically and economically convenient and more predictable and poses less risk of harm done to real patients [2]. Simulation training can be an effective modality to prepare students for analogous clinical scenarios [3]. Other studies describing simulation-based skills training in mental health care have shown some success in developing clinical skills in psychiatry, including managing agitated patients [4], assessing psychiatric illness [5],...



The authors would like to thank the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine for ongoing support of this educational activity.

Compliance with Ethical Standards


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

Ethical Considerations

The student and resident feedback used in this case report was obtained from standard end-of-course evaluations and unsolicited feedback, and was exempt from IRB approval.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Utah School of MedicineSalt Lake CityUSA

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