A 2-year Progress Report of the AACAP-Harvard Macy Teaching Scholars Program
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OBJECTIVE: The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has partnered with the Harvard Macy Program for Healthcare Educators so that selected child and adolescent psychiatry academic faculty might enhance their teaching expertise in order to possibly enhance recruitment of medical students into child and adolescent psychiatry. METHODS: Thirteen child psychiatry faculty have graduated from the AACAP-Harvard Macy Teaching Scholars Program (HMTSP). There are 10 additional child and adolescent psychiatry faculty members in the process of completing the program. A survey was created to broadly assess the effect of the AACAP-HMTSP training on the first 13 graduates of the program as a pilot to guide future study of the program. Three teaching scholars who are the first authors of this article (JH, DS, MH) conducted this survey and the data interpretation for this study. RESULTS: Thirteen of the scholars submitted responses to the survey. All participants indicated a high degree of satisfaction with the HMTSP and with the overall usefulness of the concepts learned. All but one of the scholars reported that the program enhanced their teaching effectiveness. The scholars reported increased teaching of medical students (9 of 13) and psychiatry residents (6 of 13) after the HMTSP. CONCLUSION: The AACAP-Harvard Macy Teaching Scholars reported high levels of satisfaction with the overall program. Whether the reported increase in medical student and psychiatry resident mentoring and teaching will eventually lead to increased medical student recruitment into child and adolescent psychiatry remains to be determined.
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