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Addressing mental health issues in primary care: An initial curriculum for medical residents

Subjects: Education Type: Journal Articles, Evidence Based Curricula Tags: Evidence Based Curricula, Research, Primary Care, Graduate Medical Education, Residency, Mental Health, Training

Many express concern that modern medicine fails to provide adequate psychosocial and mental health care. This paper argues that the educational system has not trained the primary care providers who care for most of these patients. The objective of this paper is to advocate that the medical educational system prepares residents and students during all years of training so that they are as effective in treating psychosocial and mental health issues as they are medical problems.

This paper reports an intensive curriculum that can guide others with similar training interests and also initiate the conversation about how best to prepare residency graduates to provide effective mental health and psychosocial care.