ERIC Number: ED257357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Developing the Psychologist's Credibility in Teaching First-Year Medical Students.
Tips are offered for psychologists who teach behavioral science to first-year medical students, based on a course offered at Creighton Medical School. It is suggested that medical students will work hard and are interested in learning topics that will be useful. It is important for the psychology instructor to teach a body of knowledge to medical students to show a respect for the importance of the subject. Some teachers of psychology present topics that are too broad and tell students not to take notes. However, it is best to construct the behavioral science course differently from harder sciences such as anatomy and biochemistry. While it is necessary to make sufficient demands so that students will study and learn the material, capricious and overly painful requirements are not appropriate for the course, which is their first clinical course. In addition, this first-year course should not be overidentified as a psychiatry course. The most successful lecturers provide outlines, since medical students are under pressure to assimilate massive quantities of information. Practical demonstrations of psychological techniques, such as deep muscle relaxation, are valuable. A mini-segment can address medical school stress and how to deal with it. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).