Proceedings of the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry

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The 33rd Annual Meeting of the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) was held June 21 to 23, 2007, in Park City, Utah. Plenary sessions, workshops, and posters covered a wide range of educational topics, including Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) issues, culture and stigma in medical education, and innovative media. Dr. Robert Eaglen, the interim secretary for the LCME, gave the keynote address: 'Modern Medical Education through the LCME Lens,' which highlighted clerkship directors' responsibilities in the accreditation process such as ensuring comparability and uniform criteria for student clinical experiences, equivalent cross-site evaluations, preparing residents for their instructional roles and providing timely mid- and final clerkship feedback. Dr. Ruth Lamdan, chair of the ADMSEP Task Force on LCME ED-2, presented 'Results of ED-2 Adherence in 10 Medical Schools' and discussed the challenges of uniformity in data collection and remediation strategies for core topics. The group found that uniformity in collection efforts was limited because of different patient encounter documentation systems utilized and that remediation strategies vary greatly for students who had not encountered specified diagnoses, from case discussions and videos to team-based learning experiences to arranging an exposure at an additional clinical site. Hendry Ton, from University of California, Davis, presented a developmental approach to Cultural Competence, sharing strategies for addressing resistance to acknowledging bias and the impact of culture on health care in medical education. The six abstracts in these proceedings include a range of topics, such as mindfulness training, application of virtual technologies, preparing for the National Board of Medical Examiners subject exam, palliative care, and how students judge their communication skills in Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. These abstracts, representative of ADMSEP educational research, were chosen for their general interest to medical student educators.

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