ERIC Number: EJ879709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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Training in Psychiatric Genomics during Residency: A New Challenge
Winner, Joel G.; Goebert, Deborah; Matsu, Courtenay; Mrazek, David A.
Academic Psychiatry, v34 n2 p115-118 Mar-Apr 2010
Objective: The authors ascertained the amount of training in psychiatric genomics that is provided in North American psychiatric residency programs. Methods: A sample of 217 chief residents in psychiatric residency programs in the United States and Canada were identified by e-mail and surveyed to assess their training in psychiatric genetics and genomics. Results: Eighty chief residents completed the survey for a response rate of 37%. Forty-five respondents (56%) reported that during their residency training they received 3 or fewer hours of training in genomics. Of these, 13 reported that they had received no training in genomics. Chief residents who received 3 or fewer hours of training were more likely to indicate that they had not actively participated in a multidisciplinary team which utilized genetic/genomic specialists than residents who had received more didactic training in genomics (p less than 0.001). Although 67% of 77 respondents indicated that they understood the concept of genetic predisposition to psychiatric disease, only 14% of 80 respondents indicated that they understood the role a genetic counselor could play on a clinical team. Conclusion: Training in the clinical applications of genomic testing has not been thoroughly implemented in some residency programs.
Descriptors: Graduate Medical Education, Physicians, Genetics, Foreign Countries, Psychiatry, Surveys, Administrator Attitudes, Interdisciplinary Approach, Specialists, Mental Disorders, Psychopathology, Counselor Role, Diagnostic Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States