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In psychiatry, as in all of medicine, clinicians are frequently involved in training students and residents yet few have themselves been trained in pedagogy. Improving the quality of psychiatric education should both improve the quality of psychiatric care and make the profession more attractive to medical students. Written by a team of international experts with many years of experience, this comprehensive text takes a globally relevant perspective on providing practical instruction and advice on all aspects of teaching psychiatry. It covers learning from undergraduate and postgraduate level to primary medical and community settings, enabling readers to find solutions to the problems they are facing and become aware of potential issues which they can anticipate and be prepared to address. The book discusses curriculum development using examples from around the world, in order to provide trainees with the basic attitudes, knowledge and skills they require to practise psychiatry.


  • Instruction on developing a curriculum for Residency training, teaching interviewing skills, teaching psychotherapy and using new technology
  • Innovative ways of engaging medical students in psychiatry and developing their interest in the specialty, including experience with new types of elective and research options and development of roles for students in patient care
  • Focuses throughout on how to teach rather than what to teach
  • Includes descriptions of workplace-based assessments
  • Discussions of both theoretical and practical perspectives and examples of particular innovations in the field using case studies

Presented in a thoroughly readable and accessible manner, this book is a primary resource for all clinicians involved in teaching psychiatry to medical students and trainees.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book deserves our attention since it covers a very important topic and sheds light on common predicaments of our profession. There are summary tables in each section, which makes it an easy and interesting book to read. This is a bedside book for every psychiatrist who is responsible for educating others, particularly for the ones working in academic settings and training hospitals" (Turkish Journal of Psychiatry, August 2011)

"It will be rewarding reading for any psychiatrist interested in education and required reading for medical school psychiatry leads." (The Psychiatrist, August 2011)

"Written by experts in psychiatric education, this work addresses the well-understood methods for teaching and learning the practice of psychiatry." (Doody's, October 2011)

"In this valuable international perspective on teaching psychiatry, Gask (U. of Manchester, UK), Coskun (U. of Kocaeli, Turkey), and Baron (U. of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, US) advocate improvements in psychiatric education to address the recruitment crisis in the field and help reduce the stigma attached to mental illness even among medical students." (Booknews, April 2011)

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: Written by experts in psychiatric education, this work addresses the well-understood methods for teaching and learning the practice of psychiatry.
Purpose: The foreword suggests "this book aims to cover the history and future of medical education in psychiatry at every level of training," from undergraduate through residency and into the full practice of the specialty.
Audience: The book is directed at students, whether considering the field of psychiatry or practicing the specialty for years. It is also targeted at primary care physicians who require many of the same skill sets as those working in the mental health field, especially when it comes to the assessment of patients.
Features: Chapters progressively take readers through medical education, beginning with an overview of improvements needed in psychiatric education and ending with assessment and support of students. Chapters contain some diagrams, tables, and figures, and each concludes with current and relevant references.
Assessment: It is difficult to compare this work to others, as there are few with this focus on the act of teaching psychiatry to students at various levels of experience and training. With its multiple authors from countries steeped in the traditions of Western medicine (mainly in Europe, Canada, and the U.S., though other countries are represented, including Argentina), its approach is mainly traditional forms of education, though it also highlights more recent developments, such as problem-based learning and working with a standardized patient. Stylistically, the presentation is somewhat drab and unappealing, as there is little contrast between text and diagrams, but from a content standpoint, this book offers a good start at focusing on creating an improved educational curriculum for those learning psychiatry, with the ultimate goal of developing better psychiatrists. I look forward to future editions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470683217
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Gask is Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry jointly appointed in both psychiatry and primary care. She runs the Course in Psychiatry for GP Registrars and also works as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Primary Care Mental Health Service in Salford. She is the Western European Zonal Representative for the World Psychiatric Association and chairs the Primary Care Network on the Executive Committee of the General and Community Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Bulent Coskun is Professor of Psychiatry and has a masters degree in public health. He is a faculty member of the Psychiatry Department and also the Director of Mental Health Research and Training Center at Kocaeli University, Turkey. He had worked as the Director of the Mental Health Department at the Ministry of Health and as a consultant for the World Health Organization at different projects. He is currently the Head of Local Branch of Psychiatric Association of Turkey and the Chair of World Psychiatric Association Section on Education in Psychiatry.

David Baron is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Chief of Psychiatry, University/Norris Hospital in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is the President of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the American College of Neuropsychiatrists, and the American College of Psychiatrists. He is a Section Chair for the World Psychiatric Association and serves on the Psychiatric Education Committee. He has graduate training in medical education and has written 2 books and served on numerous Education Advisory Boards in the US and internationally.

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Table of Contents



1 Overview: The Need for Improvements in Psychiatric Education (Linda Gask, David Baron and Bulent Coskun).

2 Recruitment of Psychiatrists: the Key Role of Education (Cyril Hóschl and Jon van Niekerk).

3 Ethical Issues in Teaching Psychiatry (Driss Moussaoui).

4 Developing a Medical Student Curriculum in Psychiatry (Nisha Dogra, Cyril Hóschl and Driss Moussaoui).

5 Teaching Behavioural Sciences (Bulent Coskun).

6 Problem-Based Learning and Psychiatric Education (Raja Vellingiri Badrakalimuthu, Rob van Diest, Maarten Bak and Hugo de Waal).

7 Psychiatric Residency Curriculum: Development and Evaluation (Amanda B. Mackey and Allan Tasman).

8 Acquisition of Psychiatric Interviewing Skills (Linda Gask).

9 Teaching Psychotherapy in the Classroom and in Supervision (Glen O. Gabbard).

10 Teaching Psychotherapy: Case Discussion Groups (Mark Oliver Evans).

11 Teaching Research Methods: 'Doing Your Own Research' (David P. Goldberg).

12 Teaching Psychiatry Students About Cultural Diversity (Nisha Dogra and Niranjan Karnik).

13 Teaching Psychiatry in Primary Care (Linda Gask, Bulent Coskun and Rodolfo Fahrer).

14 The Standardized Patient (Michael Curtis and David Baron).

15 Patients as Teachers: Involving Service Users (Rex Haigh and Kath Lovell).

16 Technology for Psychiatric Educators (Sheldon Benjamin and Maria Margariti).

17 Assessment in Psychiatric Education (Brian Lunn, Maria R. Corral and Adriana Mihai).

18 The Support and Welfare of the Student (Michael F. Myers).

19 Psychiatrist Educators (David Baron and Bulent Coskun).


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