A psychopharmacology course for psychiatry residents utilizing active-learning and residents-as-teachers to develop life-long learning skills.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: The authors describe the implementation and evaluation of a 1-year psychopharmacology course using residents-as-teachers and active-learning exercises intended to improve understanding of current psychopharmacology and its evidence base, and skills for life-long learning. METHOD: Weekly classes were devoted to psychotropic medications, treating specific disorders, and use of psychotropics in special patient populations. Each class was divided into three sections: a pharmacology review, a literature review and a faculty-led discussion of clinical questions. Each class included residents as teachers, an audience response system and questions for self-assessment. Resident and faculty presenters evaluated the course weekly and all residents were given a year-end evaluation RESULTS: Resident and faculty evaluations indicated an overall positive response. The residents reported improved perception of knowledge and engagement with this interactive format. CONCLUSION: The course was well received, demonstrating the viability and value of residents taking a more active role in their own learning.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Muzyk, AJ; White, CD; Kinghorn, WA; Thrall, GC

Published Date

  • September 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 332 - 335

PubMed ID

  • 24026374

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1545-7230

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/appi.ap.12060124


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States