Exposing medical students to child and adolescent psychiatry: A case-based seminar

Jeremy S. Kaplan, Marybeth Lake*

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Abstract

Objective: Despite a documented shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists, few studies have examined whether including child and adolescent psychiatry didactics in a medical school curriculum can stimulate appreciation and interest among students, possibly leading more students to choose careers in this specialty. Methods: The authors surveyed third-year medical students at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University regarding their reactions to a 3-hour case-based seminar on child and adolescent psychiatry topics recently implemented as part of the general psychiatry clerkship. Results: Student ratings reflected a positive view of the field and many students reported an increased likelihood of considering the specialty as a career after the seminar. In addition, students desired increased exposure to child and adolescent psychiatry while in medical school. Conclusion: Medical schools may consider providing students with increased exposure to child and adolescent psychiatry as this may encourage more future physicians to enter the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-365
Number of pages4
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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