Training Needs Assessment Survey in Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Amy Lynn Meadows*, Khyati Brahmbhatt, Richard John Shaw, Jena Lee, Nasuh Malas, D. Catherine Fuchs, Brian P. Kurtz, Gena Lynne Mooneyham, Maalobeeka Gangopadhyay, Sigita Plioplys, Maryland Pao

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Objective: Despite growing recognition of how curriculum modules can benefit child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) training, there are few standardized teaching resources for pediatric consultation-liaison psychiatry (PCLP). A Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Physically Ill Child Committee (PICC) conducted a needs assessment to establish interest in, and availability of, a library of online, self-paced learning modules specific to PCLP. Method: An email needs assessment survey was distributed to the PICC listserv in the fall of 2019 with four core areas of inquiry: (1) clinical service description, (2) teaching barriers, (3) interest in curriculum resources, and (4) interest in evaluation resources. Results: Respondents were representative of typical academic PCLP programs. The response rate was 28% (n = 39). Programs endorsed barriers to teaching including high service obligations and limited protected teaching time. All respondents indicated that they would utilize high-quality, online learning modules. Psychiatric complications of medical illness, catatonia, and delirium were identified as priority topics in the care of pediatric patients with comorbid medical conditions. Conclusions: There are currently no published educational studies regarding the training needs for PCLP programs, even among tertiary care academic facilities. This training needs assessment is the first step in establishing a national PCLP training curriculum. New paradigms to develop standardized curriculum resources for PCLP are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-64
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2022


  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Curriculum
  • Module
  • Online
  • Pediatric consultation-liaison

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Education


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