Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 43, Issue 5, pp 538–541 | Cite as

A Winning Case? Assessing the Effectiveness of a Mock Trial in a General Psychiatry Residency Program

  • Sarah E. BakerEmail author
  • Kehinde Ogundipe
  • Christopher Sterwald
  • Erin A. Van Enkevort
  • Adam Brenner
Feature: Educational Case Report

Psychiatry residents are commonly involved in legal proceedings, since procedures such as involuntary civil commitments and emergency holds, which are often encountered during training, necessarily involve the law [1, 2]. Many psychiatry residents are asked to testify in court at some time during training [1]. This task is often met with anxiety since residents may receive little formal guidance in court proceedings and effective testimony during training [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].

Mock trials have been cited by forensic psychiatrists as a valuable educational tool that allows learners to gain testifying experience in a realistic, but low risk, environment [6, 7]. Mock trials also provide opportunities for an explanation of the trial process and feedback for learners.

While mock trials are often incorporated into forensic psychiatry education, they are less commonly used in general psychiatry residency didactics [7, 8, 9]. There is only one published study about the effectiveness of mock trial...


Compliance with Ethical Standards

This article was determined not to meet the criteria for human research by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Manuscripts that are authored by a member of the Editorial Staff or the Editorial Board undergo the same editorial review process applied to all manuscripts, including blinded peer review.


On behalf of the authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA
  3. 3.Geisinger Medical CenterDanvilleUSA

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