Opinions of Psychiatric Residents Regarding the Educational Aspects of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Canadian psychiatric residents have recently been shown to be extremely interested in consultation psychiatry as a future career possibility (1). It would seem that residents are recognizing the importance that educators have been giving to the ability to assess and treat psychophysiological disorders and psychosocial complications of physical illness (2). Despite these views, previous surveys seem to indicate that still an inadequate percentage of psychiatric residents in Britain (3) and the United States (4) get sufficient training in consultation-liaison psychiatry. Many have written on the unique educational opportunities that an experience in consultation-liaison psychiatry has to offer psychiatric residents(5). In general, it has been felt that during a rotation on a consultation service, a resident would gain special skills in the following: 1) in medical interviewing, at times under a sense of time pressure; 2) in gathering collateral information; 3) in learning to deal with transference and countertransference problems from patients and staff on medical wards; and 4) in learning to manage certain specific areas such as psychiatric complications of medical illness, organic psychoses, drug interactions, and death and dying.
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