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Curriculum development for psychiatric training 

Curriculum development for psychiatric training
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Curriculum development for psychiatric training
Author(s):

Marisa Casanova Dias

, Florian Riese

, and Allan Tasman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198723646.003.0013
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date: 30 November 2021

Good psychiatric care depends on good training. A psychiatric curriculum is the way to ensure that the required level of knowledge and skills are attained (i.e. those needed to hold the title of ‘psychiatrist’). This chapter mainly gives examples for early career psychiatrists, but suggestions can be applicable to other stages of the career and to other healthcare professionals. The curriculum provides a framework to enable harmonization of training at national and international level. The curriculum development process is complex and subject to political, societal, and economic influences. It is a continuous cyclical process which involves various phases: planning; development of methods and content; implementation; monitoring and evaluation; and revision. Stakeholder involvement is vital for a curriculum to be effective. Engaging in curricular development can be a rewarding experience which has the potential to make a lasting impact on the practice of psychiatry.

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