Challenges and Opportunities in Teaching Psychopharmacology During Residency Training

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The rationale for a “model” psychopharmacology curriculum is clear: (1) the knowledge and skills of many recent graduates of psychiatric training programs regarding clinical psychopharmacology leave room for improvement; (2) the amount of new information to learn is rapidly expanding; and (3) available resources to teach this material are dwindling, as clinical and other academic demands deflect faculty from their teaching roles. Hence, a model curriculum, including actual teaching guidelines and materials developed by experts, that could be used in multiple educational sites around the country would seem to be a natural evolution for the field.1 A “Model Curriculum” was developed in the 1980s2 and updated and revised several times in the 1990s3 and early 2000s.4,5

J Clin Psychiatry 2005;66(7):948-948