The association of American Medical Colleges and the association of Medical School Psychologists: Finding psychology's place in academic medicine

Barry A. Hong, Gerald Leventhal, Richard J. Seime

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Abstract

This paper highlights the role of the Association of Medical School Psychologists (AMSP) as a bridge between academic medicine and psychology. AMSP's affiliation with Division 12 of the American Psychological Association is discussed, but the primary focus is AMSP's affiliation with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the AAMC's Council of Academic Societies (CAS). The history, structure, activities, and goals of AAMC and CAS are examined. AMSP's affiliation with AAMC is important for psychologists in medical schools and academic medical centers, and for psychology in general, because AAMC is the major voice of academic medicine in the US. AAMC activities affect medical education at all levels, as well as research and health services at academic medical centers, and health care policy at the national level. AMSP's dual affiliation with AAMC's CAS and APA's Society of Clinical Psychology will increase psychology's visibility and influence in academic medical centers and enhance the two-way flow of ideas and information between academic medicine and psychology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-256
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of clinical psychology in medical settings
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005

Keywords

  • Medical colleges
  • Medical school psychologists

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