The March-April issue of Academic Psychiatry is now available on ap.psychiatryonline.org. The issue features the following articles:
- Recruiting Researchers in Psychiatry: The Influence of Residency vs. Early Motivation: A report on the declining number of clinician-researchers in psychiatry and other medical specialties, with data on reasons why. Residents with greater research interest had shown a longer and more consistent pattern of seeking out research niches. They also were more likely to be male and tended to have lower debt obligations. It appears that some barriers to entering a research-oriented career, such as financial considerations or social expectations, could be better addressed.
- The Transition to Practice in Psychiatry: A Practical Guide: This brief guide for psychiatry residents on how to optimize the transition to independent practice recommends that this transition involve an understanding of personal and professional options; assembling a “team” of supportive figures, such as family, peers, and mentors; and finding ways of coping with isolation and patient management.This brief guide for psychiatry residents on how to optimize the transition to independent practice recommends that this transition involve an understanding of personal and professional options; assembling a “team” of supportive figures, such as family, peers, and mentors; and finding ways of coping with isolation and patient management.
- Interactive Virtual-Patient Scenarios: An Evolving Tool in Psychiatric Education: “Standardized patients” have long been used in clinical training; they can provide a detailed “history” and can respond meaningfully to the trainees’ questions. However, this approach is limited by time constraints, availability and competence of actors, and costs. An alternative is the use of the automated “virtual patient.” In addition to the advantages of scheduling flexibility and cost containment, these “avatars” can provide a more controlled setting, where trainees can be evaluated on appropriateness of questions in light of responses and their understanding of specific difficulties.
Academic Psychiatry publishes original scholarship focused on innovative psychiatric education. Please note the above links will only work from on campus, or if logged in to the ipage. For off campus access log in through the ipage and follow these steps:
From the library website go to Find Articles> Databases and choose PsychiatryOnline from the quick links, or search via title or browse by the letter P. Once in the database, choose from the navigation at the top titled “Journals” and select Academic Psychiatry.
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