The Actual Status of Undergraduate Training

  • Rathi Mahendran
Living reference work entry
Part of the Mental Health and Illness Worldwide book series (MHIW)


Psychiatry education has evolved over the years in tandem with advances in the care of the mentally ill, population mental health needs, historical developments in specialty practice, and advances in scientific knowledge and treatment discoveries. The need for special skills in psychiatry such as empathy, patience, and understanding are recognized. Evidence in best practices in medical education and new learning theories, and better understanding of students’ learning needs, have transformed psychiatry education. This chapter traces psychiatry education over the years, highlights innovative practices that have been introduced, and also identifies areas for improvement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychological MedicineNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.National University Hospital and Duke NUS Medical SchoolSingaporeSingapore

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