A clinical clerkship was organized around the goal of teaching information and skills that would be needed by the nonpsychiatrist physician. In most clinical clerkships the students work on an inpatient service. In the clerkship described here the setting is an outpatient clinic, which provides a more relevant experience. Videotaped psychiatric interviews are used extensively and have been found to provide a valuable teaching format. They are effective in holding student interest, in avoiding the practical difficulties of live interviews, and in teaching active listening and interviewing technique, as well as in demonstrating a variety of psychopathology. Field trips to state psychiatric hospitals, institutions for mental defectives, clinics for treating alcoholics or addicts, and other mental health facilities have been used but have not been found to be a very valuable part of the program.
Dr. Hunt and Dr. MacKinnon are, respectively, assistant clinical professor and clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City. Dr. Michels is professor and chairman. Department of Psychiatry, Cornell University Medical College, New York City, He formerly was director of training, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University.
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