Education & Training
Over the past three decades, there have been substantial advances in our understanding of the mental health of women during times of reproductive transition. National policies favoring inclusion of women into clinical research have resulted in dramatically expanded knowledge about reproductive psychiatry. This is evidenced by the growth of international professional societies, has influenced public policy initiatives, and is increasingly disseminated into clinical practice. Specialized clinical programs span the treatment continuum from outpatient to partial hospital to inpatient settings.
Unfortunately, the education of psychiatrists about reproductive mental health has lagged behind advances in research, public policy initiatives, and innovative models of clinical care. In a 2017 survey of residency training directors, we found that training opportunities in this field vary widely among residency programs. Only 59% of included programs reported any required didactic teaching in reproductive psychiatry, and when didactic time was required, most programs allotted 5 or fewer hours for the field as a whole across all four years of residency. Clinical exposure to the field was often dependent on whether or not female patients on non-specialist services happened to be pregnant or perimenopausal. While Consultation-Liaison (CL) psychiatrists are on the front lines of practice on the medical-psychiatric interface, the inclusion of reproductive psychiatry into CL fellowships has not been well categorized.
As physician shortages loom, the future of psychiatry requires psychiatrists across subspecialties to be well-versed in treating pregnant and postpartum women. This interactive workshop will introduce the audience to the work of the National Task Force on Women’s Reproductive Mental Health (NTF), which has been working for the past 5 years to collect information about the current state of education in reproductive psychiatry and to propose new training standards. Presenters will focus primarily on the NTF’s National Curriculum on Reproductive Psychiatry (NCRP), a novel and interactive online teaching platform that is funded by the ABPN and is scheduled “go live” in the fall of 2019. Feedback gathered in this workshop will be used to inform the further development of the NCRP, particularly in regard to its utility in CL psychiatry fellowships.
Dr. Lauren Osborne will spend 30 minutes introducing the NCRP and providing participants with a walkthrough of its website. In the next 30 minutes, Dr. Samantha Latorre will guide participants through an interactive experience with the curriculum materials. In the final 30 minutes Dr. Sarah Nagle Yang will present suggestions on how the curriculum might be utilized flexibly within different types of training programs and Dr. Priya Gopalan will facilitate a small group activity aimed to identify how the NCRP may be best utilized specifically in CL training.