Development of a diverse learning experience for diverse psychiatry resident needs: A four-year biological psychiatry curriculum incorporating principles of neurobiology, psychopharmacology, and evidence-based practice

Andrew J. Muzyk, Jane P. Gagliardi, Gopalkumar Rakesh, Michael R. Jiroutek, Rajiv Radhakrishnan, Chi Un Pae, Prakash S. Masand, Steven T. Szabo

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Abstract

Objective A clinically relevant approach to patient care grounded in neurobiological constructs and evidence based practice which emphasizes a relevant psychopharmacology is needed to optimally train psychiatry residents. Methods We implemented a biological psychiatry course that now incorporates neurobiology, psychopharmacology, and evidencebased practice in conjunction with a Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) perspective. A survey launched prior to course implementation and following each class session, served as the outcome metric of residents’ attitudes toward the new curriculum and followed a baseline attitudinal survey designed to evaluate the program. Results Greater than 90% of the psychiatry residents at Duke University who took the attitudinal survey agreed or strongly agreed with needing a course that helped them develop an understanding of neurobiology, psychopharmacology, and evidence-based practice concepts. Most residents also indicated a less than adequate understanding of the neurobiology and psychopharmacology of psychiatric disorders prior to sessions. Conclusion Our biological psychiatry curriculum was associated with enthusiasm among residents regarding the incorporation of neurobiology, psychopharmacology, and evidence-based practice into course topics and discussions. A biological psychiatry curriculum with integrated neurobiology and psychopharmacology built on an evidence base approach is possible, well-received, and needed in training of future psychiatrists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-297
Number of pages9
JournalPsychiatry Investigation
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

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© 2017 Korean Neuropsychiatric Association.

Keywords

  • Active learning
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Neurobiology
  • Pedagogy
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Resident education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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