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