Training in psychosomatic medicine: A psychiatric subspecialty recognized in the United States by the American Board of Medical Specialties
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA. Journal of psychosomatic research
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12/2011; 71(6):431-2. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2011.05.015
Psychosomatic Medicine (PM) is a subspecialty of Psychiatry approved by the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2003. Since its approval, subspecialty training programs in PM have been created in the United States. Training programs are designed to educate trainees in the psychiatric care of the complex medically ill, and are centered around development of certain core competencies by trainees. Completion of an ACGME-accredited training program in PM allows the graduate to sit for the PM subspecialty board examination. Development of centers with academic PM programs will lead to an increase in the depth of knowledge about the care of the complex medically ill with psychiatric comorbidities, and may thus lead to improved medical outcomes for this population. There are also individual benefits to subspecialty training in PM. In addition, there are barriers to extended postgraduate training that may require systems-level interventions to overcome.
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ABSTRACT: To explore international consensus for the validation of clinical competencies for advanced training in Oral Medicine.
An electronic survey of clinical competencies was designed. The survey was sent to and completed by identified international stakeholders during a 10-week period. To be validated, an individual competency had to achieve 90% or greater consensus to keep it in its current format.
Stakeholders from 31 countries responded. High consensus agreement was achieved with 93 of 101 (92%) competencies exceeding the benchmark for agreement. Only 8 warranted further attention and were reviewed by a focus group. No additional competencies were suggested.
This is the first international validated study of clinical competencies for advanced training in Oral Medicine. These validated clinical competencies could provide a model for countries developing an advanced training curriculum for Oral Medicine and also inform review of existing curricula.
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