Achieving competency in electroconvulsive therapy: A model curriculum

Tamara J. Dolenc, Kemuel L. Philbrick

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Objective: This article illustrates a model electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) curriculum with specific parameters of both practice-based learning and medical knowledge. Method: The authors review the recommendations of the APA Task Force on ECT as they relate to training in ECT in psychiatry residency programs, and discuss diverse educational experiences across American psychiatry residencies. Results: The authors present objective methods for assessment of factual knowledge germane to ECT practice, including an objective structured clinical examination. Conclusions: The ECT curriculum allows residents to become familiar with the theory and practice of ECT. Guided study, informed observation, and hands-on learning ensure that residents become skillful in executing pre-ECT psychiatric and medical assessment, ECT procedure, and immediate post-ECT care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-67
Number of pages3
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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