Partnerships with psychiatry and other clinical disciplines: A key to psychology's success in U.S. medical schools

Barry A. Hong, Gerald Leventhal

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Abstract

This paper describes the growth of psychology in medical schools and the distribution of psychologists across medical school departments. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and American Psychological Association (APA) use different data collection approaches that reflect their different missions. AAMC focuses solely on medical school faculty, whereas APA tries to reach all psychologists working in academic health centers (AHCs). The number of psychologists in medical school settings has increased, largely due to their research expertise; but psychologists also contribute through teaching and clinical service. Psychologists hold appointments in wide variety of medical school departments, which has been a key factor in their success. Through partnership and interdisciplinary collaboration with a wide range of academic physicians, psychologists have gained increased support, become valued members of the AHC and medical school communities, and can rise to leadership positions in medical schools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-140
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of clinical psychology in medical settings
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004

Keywords

  • Academic health centers
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Medical school psychologists
  • Partnering model

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