Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 432–433 | Cite as

Mental Status Examination Training for Medical Students: the Development of an Educational Video Library with Authentic Patients

  • Sidse Marie Arnfred
  • Maria Gefke
  • Erica B. Høegh
  • Jessica R. Hansen
  • Cecilie Fog-Petersen
  • Ralf Hemmingsen
Feature: Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

In 2014, the mandatory clinical attachment for fifth-year medical students at Copenhagen University (UCPH) Medical School was reduced from 4 to 3 weeks. As the performance of the mental status examination (MSE) is considered a difficult part of the course objectives, the time reduction spurred the development of a collection of short video recordings of authentic patients, interviewed only for educational purposes and only for the training of MSE. Video demonstrations of patients or simulated patients are regularly used in psychiatry lectures [1], but we deemed it important that the students had access to the video vignettes whenever they had time to spare at the wards. Consequently, we set out to make a video library as a supplementary educational resource accessible across the 12 general psychiatric hospitals that are part of UCPH Medical School. The use of authentic patients was deemed relevant, as the video vignettes were to be used to describe varieties of real...



The Center for Online and Blended Learning, UCPH, helped us with recording technique and editing. We particularly appreciate the willingness of the participating patients.

Funding Sources

The production of the video library was supported by means from Trygfonden, Region Zealand Research Foundation and the Clinical Education Development Foundation, Faculty of Health, UCPH.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Patients participated after informed written consent. The Ethics Board of Faculty of Health, Copenhagen University approved the use of videos with authentic patients for the described educational and research purpose ( 504-0010/17-5000). The described handling and storage of the videos was approved by Region Zealand’s Health Research Data Protection Approval (REG-96-2015) under the auspices of the Danish Data Protection Agency.


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.Psychiatry West, Slagelse, Region ZealandUniversity Hospital CopenhagenSlagelseDenmark
  2. 2.Psychiatry West, SlagelseRegion Zealand Mental Health ServiceSlagelseDenmark
  3. 3.Copenhagen UniversityCopenhagenDenmark

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