Fellowship Training in Liaison Psychiatry
Liaison Psychiatry has been a recognized sub-specialty of psychiatry since 1930 when the Rockefeller Foundation funded the development of full time departments of psychiatry at four medical schools. The teaching of the psychology of the medically ill, however, dates to the beginning of medicine — with doctors having the knowledge at some level of the relationship between psychosocial issues and bodily functions. But since the second world war when general hospital psychiatry came into its own, and during the last decade when liaison psychiatry gained support from training grants by the Psychiatric Education Branch, National Institutes of Mental Health there has been increasing rigor to the teaching and structure of this sub-specialty. At the same time it has become more and more clear that liaison psychiatry is distinct from consultation and requires advanced specialty training for its pursuit (1–3). This paper will first address the unique characteristics of liaison psychiatry and then describe goals, terminal objectives and enabling objectives for training candidates.
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