Primary care in psychiatry residency training

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The author summarizes patient perspectives and government initiatives that have fostered closer medicine-psychiatry cooperation and more comprehensive treatment of patients. Despite the growing numbers of people requiring more formal mental health care, most patients are being treated by primary health care providers. This trend will continue as long as there is a decline in the number of medical students entering psychiatry. The author summarizes several general principles that psychiatry residency program directors should consider in designing primary care experiences for their residents and for medical students rotating on their services: longitudinal primary care experiences in organized medical care settings, training in basic medical principles and techniques, and instruction in the biopsychosocial model of disease. The author also recommends three specific training experiences for psychiatry residents that would enhance their ability to provide more effective mental health services to primary care physicians and their patients: consultation psychiatry, primary mental health care, and general psychiatry. The author concludes that medical students, throught their contact with primary care-oriented psuchiatry residency programs, would be more attracted to psychiatry as a specialty choice and that residents, upon completion of training, would be more inclined to practice in primary care settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-155
Number of pages8
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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