Training is a central issue for consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatrists and specialists in psychosomatic medicine (PM), firstly for their own education. There is a wide variety of training of residents and fellows in different countries. Guidelines for training were developed and agreed in the USA, in Australia and New Zealand, and in Europe.
Secondly, C-L and PM specialists have an important role as teachers. They educate medical students and give courses in communication skills and psychosomatic competencies for general practitioners, residents and specialists of other medical specialties, and other health-care professionals like nurses or case managers. Such training courses proved effective to improve communication with and treatment of patients with comorbid medical and mental health problems.
In this chapter, we review training modalities (a) for residents and fellows in C-L psychiatry and PM and (b) for nonpsychiatric health-care professionals in different countries. In this review, we mainly focus on the situation in the USA, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand.
Psychosomatic medicine Consultation-liaison psychiatry Integrated care Training Residency Fellowship Specialization Subspecialization Communication skills
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