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December 1958

The Psychiatric Social Worker Teaches Medical Students

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1958;80(6):799-800. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1958.02340120135024

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Abstract

This pamphlet combines a group of papers by both psychiatric social workers and physicians on the use of social case workers in the education of medical students. It holds particular interest for medical educators and for those social workers who take part in the education of young doctors-to-be. The articles present brief accounts of several approaches by which a psychosocial dimension may be added to the medical student's knowledge and understanding, and, along with these, some critical discussions of the problems raised by this effort.

Two kinds of experience in "humanization" of medical training are reported. One is that of direct instruction by social workers; the other, that of the assignment of the medical student to "family study," which is supervised and consulted on by members of the social service staff. In both there is evident the valiant and wholly admirable effort being made in modern medical schools to bring

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