In April of 1986 I attended a conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, entitled “Psychiatric Education in the 90s.” This conference was sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association and other national organizations whose concern is undergraduate and postgraduate education in psychiatry. I was one of the 140 psychiatrists from throughout North America who participated in this exciting and challenging two-day “think tank.” We were charged with examining many of the revolutionary changes and developments occuring in present-day medicine and medical practice and the ramifications for the future teaching of medical students and the training of residents in the 1990s. What about the information explosion, especially in biomedical technology and the neurosciences, and its implications for students, faculty and psychiatric practitioners? What about the sweeping changes in medical economics and health care delivery with financial cutbacks to teaching hospitals and the movement toward prepaid programs (e.g., HMO’s, PPO’s, etc.), and investor-owned hospital corporations? What about the increasing numbers and types of providers of mental health care and the increasing competition between and among these providers? What about the glut of doctors in some areas and fields and the undersupply in others?
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