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Academic Psychiatry

Academic Psychiatry
The Journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training, the Association for Academic Psychiatry, the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, and the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry

Edited by Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D., M.A.
2013
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Academic Psychiatry publishes original scholarly work focused on innovative psychiatric education, professional development in academic psychiatry, and curricular transformations by leading psychiatrists in the field of medicine. The journal features work that furthers knowledge in psychiatric education and stimulates improvements in academic psychiatry. Articles address teaching, research, and administration, as well as clinical, organizational, and economical issues relevant to the academic missions of departments of psychiatry. Overview articles present empirical research and critical analysis of important topics in academic psychiatry. Other features include educational resources and media columns, a down to earth column providing practical tips and useful knowledge, a new ideas section, commentaries, and letters to the editor.

Academic Psychiatry also publishes the best papers from meeting workshops, provides a forum for debates, and often spotlights a single area of psychiatric education with comprehensive theme issues.

To visit Academic Psychiatry online, please visit http://ap.psychiatryonline.org

In This Issue: November - December 2013

Suicide Intervention Skills Among Japanese Medical Residents
Medical residents are the front-line care-providers assessing patients for both medical condition and suicide risk; however, their confidence in assessing this risk has been shown to be low. The authors investigated residents' self-report of confidence in the management of potentially suicidal patients. The vast majority (89.5%) reported having little-or-no confidence in their ability to assess suicide risk or to provide competent intervention. Other surveys have rated junior residents at the “intermediate” level of competence/confidence.

A Medical Interviewing Curriculum Intervention for Medical Students’ Assessment of Suicide Risk
The authors observed a 2-hour simulated-patient interview with medical students in a psychiatry clerkship to assess their self-evaluations of the ability to gauge suicide risk from a medical interview. Groups of 4 to 6 students were asked to identify the challenges they perceived in this interview. Those who were able to participate in the simulated interviews reported feeling more able to assess patients’ risk by “discovering/responding to patients’ feelings” and addressing “verbal and non-verbal cues” more directly. The interview format provides a means of improving clinical communication skills.

Assessing Professionalism and Ethics Knowledge and Skills: Preferences of Psychiatry Residents
There is strong evidence that the most effective method for teaching ethics and professionalism to psychiatry residents lies in the process of clinical supervision by a respected mentor. The authors surveyed residents at seven psychiatry residence programs in the U.S. and found that, rather than the exam format (oral exam, short-answer, essay questions, or “standardized patient interactions”), residents felt that the appraisal of their ethical attitudes and professionalism was best accomplished by the observation of a faculty supervisor.

Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D., M.A., is Chairman and Charles E. Kubly Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and President of the Board of Directors for American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., in Washington, DC.
Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief
Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D., M.A.

Deputy Editors
John H. Coverdale, M.D., M.Ed., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P.
Alan K. Louie, M.D.

Associate Editors
Richard Balon, M.D.
Eugene V. Beresin, M.D.

Senior Editorial Assistant
Ann Tennier

Former Editors
Academic Psychiatry
Jonathan F. Borus, M.D.
Samuel J. Keith, M.D.
Paul C. Mohl, M.D.

Journal of Psychiatric Education
Robert Cancro, M.D.
Zebulon Taintor, M.D.

International Advisory Board
Richard Balon, M.D.
Mary Ann Cohen, M.D.
Pedro Delgado, M.D.
Linda Gask, M.D.
Stephen M. Goldfinger, M.D.
Waguih William Ishak, M.D.
Russell Lim, M.D.
Jed Magen, D.O., M.S.
Derek Puddester, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C.)
Michelle Riba, M.D.
Pedro Ruiz, M.D.
Sandra B. Sexson, M.D.
Frederick S. Sierles, M.D.
Thomas W. Uhde, M.D.
Richard C. Veith, M.D.

Editorial Board Members
David A. Baron, M.S.ED., D.O.
Robert J. Boland, M.D.
James A. Bourgeois, M.D.
Adam M. Brenner, M.D.
Gregory W. Briscoe, M.D.
Jason P. Caplan, M.D.
Mitchell J.M. Cohen, M.D.
R. Gregg Dwyer, M.D., Ed.D.
Randall Espinoza, M.D., M.P.H.
Robert E. Feinstein, M.D.
Carl B. Greiner, M.D.
Anthony P. S. Guerrero, M.D.
Michael D. Jibson, M.D., Ph.D.
Ruth M. Lamdan, M.D.
John Lauriello, M.D.
Francis G. Lu, M.D.
John Luo, M.D.
Teresita A. McCarty, M.D.
Dennis P. McNeilly, S.J., Psy.D.
Philip R. Muskin, M.D.
Thomas S. Newmark, M.D.
Guy K. Palmes, M.D.
Michele T. Pato, M.D.
Dilip Ramchandani, M.D.
Robert Rohrbaugh, M.D.
Brenda J.B. Roman, M.D.
Sy Atezaz Saeed, M.D., M.S.
Steven C. Schlozman, M.D.
Jerome J. Schultz, Ph.D.
Jess P. Shatkin, M.D., M.P.H.
Melton Strozier, Ph.D.
Paul Summergrad, M.D.
Nutan Vaidya, M.D.
Art Walaszek, M.D.
Sidney Zisook, M.D.

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