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August 1957

The Value of a Psychiatric Consultant in Training Pediatric Residents

Author Affiliations

From the Psychiatric Service of Children's Medical Center and the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Assistant Psychiatrists, Children's Medical Center; Assistants in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1957;94(2):143-150. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1957.04030030037007

Introduction  A pediatrician's training should prepare him to deal with the emotional disorders of children which will form a significant part of his practice. His training should prepare the pediatrician to decide which of these disorders are best handled by him and should provide him with experience in managing patients with such emotional disorders. Through his training he should become familiar with those problems which require specialized treatment and with the type of specialized treatment most suitable for a particular case. We shall briefly review the approaches others have taken toward providing this type of training at the pediatric resident level. Then we shall describe our own approach, which consists of seeing children and parents in psychiatric consultation with residents in a pediatric outpatient department. Our case material consists of children who are currently patients of the pediatric residents referring them for consultation. In our roles of psychiatric consultants we

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