This chapter has emphasized the conceptual and pedagogical issues that often are lost in the details of programme construction. We hold that the best teaching of psychiatry rests not upon matters of setting, curriculum, or theoretical orientation—important as these may be for standardization—but upon teachers who can present a coherent conceptual structure that grasps the differing natures of psychiatric disorders, and who are skilled in the several discursive methods for transmitting information to students. What to teach, and how to teach, are the basic questions addressed in this chapter. Our answers—offered in a description of our residency programme and its specific goals and objectives—derive ultimately from what we have called the perspectives of psychiatry and how we believe lectures, tutorials, and recitations are best employed, within a programme of ongoing clinical services, to teach psychiatrists.
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