The Benefits of Required Forensic Clinical Experiences in Residency

The Benefits of Required Forensic Clinical Experiences in Residency Objective The growth of forensic psychiatry has spurred efforts to improve forensic psychiatry training in general psychiatry residency. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requires that residencies provide an experience that “exposes” residents to forensic issues, but leaves the specifics to individual programs. However, there is growing need for psychiatrists to understand the unique circumstances of individuals with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system. Methods The authors developed a new mandatory forensic rotation for general psychiatry residents and conducted a pilot study to assess its impact on residents’ interest and comfort working with criminal justice-involved patients, interest in forensic fellowship, and knowledge of available resources for consultation and supervision. Results Rotation completion was associated with a significantly increased interest in working with forensic populations and pursuing forensic fellowship, but no changes in residents’ level of comfort or knowledge of supervisory and consultative resources. Conclusions This study adds to the growing body of literature describing the benefits of expanding forensic education for residents. . . Keywords Forensic psychiatry Medical education Educational research As the practice of forensic psychiatry continues to grow [1], so A study of Canadian psychiatry residents similarly found sig- too have the training needs. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Academic Psychiatry Springer Journals

The Benefits of Required Forensic Clinical Experiences in Residency

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Academic Psychiatry
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Medical Education
ISSN
1042-9670
eISSN
1545-7230
D.O.I.
10.1007/s40596-018-0941-3
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Abstract

Objective The growth of forensic psychiatry has spurred efforts to improve forensic psychiatry training in general psychiatry residency. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requires that residencies provide an experience that “exposes” residents to forensic issues, but leaves the specifics to individual programs. However, there is growing need for psychiatrists to understand the unique circumstances of individuals with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system. Methods The authors developed a new mandatory forensic rotation for general psychiatry residents and conducted a pilot study to assess its impact on residents’ interest and comfort working with criminal justice-involved patients, interest in forensic fellowship, and knowledge of available resources for consultation and supervision. Results Rotation completion was associated with a significantly increased interest in working with forensic populations and pursuing forensic fellowship, but no changes in residents’ level of comfort or knowledge of supervisory and consultative resources. Conclusions This study adds to the growing body of literature describing the benefits of expanding forensic education for residents. . . Keywords Forensic psychiatry Medical education Educational research As the practice of forensic psychiatry continues to grow [1], so A study of Canadian psychiatry residents similarly found sig- too have the training needs.

Journal

Academic PsychiatrySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 1, 2018

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