Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 66–70

An Interviewing Course for a Psychiatry Clerkship

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Objective: Taking a psychiatric history is a key educational objective in the psychiatry clerkship. Medical students arrive on psychiatry clerkships unprepared for the unique challenges of psychiatric interviewing. This paper describes an interviewing course for psychiatry clerks that combines practice, observation, and feedback in a small group setting. Methods: A quasi -experimental cohort design with medical student self-ratings as the dependent variable. Results: Students’ self-perceived skill in interviewing and differential diagnosis improved more than students who did not have the interviewing course. Students’ self-perceived skills also correlated significantly with the number of times they observed interviews. Conclusion: Clerkship directors in psychiatry should provide students with opportunities to practice interviewing skills, observe interviews, and receive feedback.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Office of Medical Education and Faculty DevelopmentNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Weill Cornell Medical CollegeNew York Presbyterian HospitalNew YorkUSA

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