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Influence of clerkship on attitudes of medical students toward psychiatry across cultures: United States and qatar.
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PMID:  23632931     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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OBJECTIVE To assure adequate treatment for patients with mental illness worldwide, medical schools must impart positive attitudes toward psychiatry. The authors examined the effect of culture on changes in attitudes toward psychiatry among medical students receiving the same psychiatry clerkship curriculum in two different countries. METHODS A group of 74 students from Weill Cornell Medical College-New York and 32 from Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar completed pre- and post-clerkship questionnaires assessing their attitudes toward psychiatry. RESULTS On the pretest, the Qatar students had less positive attitudes than the New York students, as evidenced by lower group mean total scores. During the clerkship, the attitudes of students at both schools improved, but more markedly in Qatar, narrowing the group differences. CONCLUSION A psychiatry clerkship with a U.S.-derived curriculum had a positive effect on medical students' attitudes toward psychiatry in Qatar, suggesting the usefulness of applying such curricula across cultures.
Authors:
F Tuna Burgut; H Jonathan Polan
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1545-7230     ISO Abbreviation:  Acad Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2013 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-05-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8917200     Medline TA:  Acad Psychiatry     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  187-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
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