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Core Competencies for Psychiatric Practice

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ContributorsForewordPrefaceAbbreviationsPart I: An Introduction to Core CompetenciesChapter 1. What Core Competencies Mean to Psychiatrists and TraineesChapter 2. The Evolving Concept of Clinical Competence in Psychiatric PracticePart II: Origins of Core Competencies: Canadian Groundbreaking and American DevelopmentChapter 3. Advance Standards: The Canadian Concept of Specialty Competencies as Delineated by Physician RolesChapter 4. The ACGME and ABMS Initiatives: Toward the Development of Core CompetenciesPart III: Core Competencies and the Practice of Psychiatry Today: The ABPN InitiativeChapter 5. General and Psychiatry-Specific Patient Care Core CompetenciesChapter 6. General and Psychiatry-Specific Medical Knowledge Core CompetenciesChapter 7. Interpersonal and Communications Skills Core CompetenciesChapter 8. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement Core CompetenciesChapter 9. Professionalism Core CompetenciesChapter 10. Systems-Based Practice Core CompetenciesChapter 11. Cross Competencies: What Psychiatrists Should Know About NeurologyPart IV: The Impact of Core CompetenciesChapter 12. Implications of the Core Competencies on ABPN Certification and Maintenance of Certification for Psychiatric PractitionersChapter 13. Implications of the Core Competencies on the Full Spectrum of Psychiatric Medical Education for Clinical Psychiatric Practice: From Medical School Through Continuing Medical EducationChapter 14. A Forward View: Core Competencies in Future Psychiatric PracticeAppendix A: Psychiatry Quadrad Core Competencies OutlineIndex

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A serious effort by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. to define and evaluate the core competencies thought to be both necessary and sufficient for certified psychiatrists to possess. The competencies are modeled after the six competencies recommended by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). While the major focus of the book is the processes leading to initial certification, discussion of the competencies and their evaluation in practicing psychiatrists as they participate in the Maintenance of Certification (c) Program of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology is also discussed in detail. Stephen H. Miller, M.D., MPH, Executive Vice President, American Board of Medical Specialties, Adjutant Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University If you have heard the words core competencies and aren't quite sure what they mean, help is on the way. Most psychiatric educators have already been grappling with the issues of determining competency in their residents, since the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) introduced competency requirements for residencies in 2000. Yet many questions remain. This timely book, Core Competencies for Psychiatric Practice: What Clinicians Need to Know (A Report of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, describes the history, the present state and future directions of the core competency movement in medicine, with particular attention to Psychiatry. Several chapters cover what has already been accomplished in the defining and assessing of core competencies in psychiatric residency training. Dr. Nadia Mikhael's chapter on the Canadian approach to competency is particularly instructive and thought provoking, since the Canadians began working on competency guidelines in 1993. This book is essential reading for all psychiatric educators and those concerned with the future of psychiatric education in the United States. Deborah J. Hales, M.D., Director, Division of Education, Minority and National Affairs, American Psychiatric Association, Washington, D.C.

About the Author

Stephen C. Scheiber, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School in Evanston, Illinois; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee; and Executive Vice President of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. in Deerfield, Illinois. Thomas A. M. Kramer, M.D., is Director of Student Counseling and Resource Service at The University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Susan E. Adamowski, Ed.D., is Director of New Assessment Initiatives at the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. in Deerfield, Illinois.


A collaboration between medical experts from the United States and Canada has resulted in this valuable blueprint for identifying and assessing skills central to the practice of psychiatry.... As a textbook/reference source, Core Competencies for Psychiatric Practice is a must-have tool in any psychiatrist's office. Practicing psychiatrists, individuals just beginning the educational process toward certification, medical school faculty and program directors will find it most useful as it provides a timeline and testing methods for assessing specific core competencies as well as suggestions for re-evaluation. * Behavioral Healthcare Tomorrow * The ABPN conference has provided psychiatry with a potential road map and guidebook to the future. Armed with this road map and guide, the field of psychiatry has a tool to respond to inevitable detours and advances in our knowledge base, as well as changes in our systems of care, to assure ourselves and the public of our ability to meet the needs now and in the future. * Sidney H. Weissman, M.D., Journal of Clinical Psychiatry * Psychiatry residency training directors' work will be made somewhat easier by knowing and understanding the information contained in this book. * Michael J. Schrift, DO, Doody Book Reviews * Core Competencies for Psychiatric Practice is both a hopeful and a helpful report. Its authors have brought much wisdom and insight to these discussions, and most readers will be convinced that defining and assessing core competencies not only will be a central feature of training programs and practice but also will contribute to the improved care of patients and their families. * John S. McIntyre, M.D., Psychiatric Services *

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