The general hospital as a center of biopsychosocial training

Gregory J. O'Shanick, James L. Levenson, Thomas N. Wise

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Utilization of general hospitals as training sites for undergraduate and graduate medical education provides special opportunities for integration of biologic, psychologic, and social factors in health care. For medical students, the general hospital environment ideally facilitates learning a core of psychiatric knowledge and the biopsychosocial approach to all illness while attracting some students to psychiatric careers. By spending much of their internship year in the general hospital, psychiatric residents integrate psychiatry into the rest of medicine and develop collegial relations with nonpsychiatrists. Residency training in the general hospital perpetuates this integrative experience and allows in-depth training in consultation-liaison psychiatry. Despite the multiple advantages of general hospitals in training students and residents, limitations of this setting also exist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-371
Number of pages7
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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