June 2012
Doha Undergraduate Psychiatry Education Workshop


Doha Undergraduate Psychiatry Education Workshop (*)

A select group of experts in the field of psychiatric education and cultural psychiatry were invited by Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar to hold a workshop addressing the undergraduate psychiatry curriculum in developing countries and its relevance to the needs of the local population. 

Entitled “Undergraduate Psychiatric Education in Developing Countries: towards a more culturally relevant curriculum”, the conference was held in Doha, Qatar on April 27 and 28, 2012 and was chaired by Dr. Ziad Kronfol, Professor of Psychiatry at WCMC-Q. The conference included individual presentations that provided a critical assessment of undergraduate psychiatry curriculum in various countries around the world. Dr. Rachel Jenkins gave the keynote address:  “Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care: Implications for Undergraduate Curriculum Development”. 

There were eight round table discussions with topics ranging from basic science content to inclusion of issues such as migration, refugees, spirituality, and natural disasters. Recommendations stressed the need for at least four weeks of psychiatry clerkship in all medical schools, exposure of students to common and treatable psychiatric disorders early in their training, emphasis on the bio-psychosocial model of psychiatric illnesses, the use of small group discussion and e-learning to enhance teaching, and the integration of senior students and psychiatric residents in the teaching process. Assessment should include attitudes and skills in addition to basic and clinical knowledge. Programs should emphasize factors unique to psychiatry such as rapport with the patient, a comprehensive and humanistic approach and mind-body medicine to recruit more students into the field. 

Prof Ziad Kronfol

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

Member of WPA Section on Education

(*) The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Association and co sponsored by World Psychiatric Association. 

Standing participants (left to right) Pedro Ruiz, Hai-Gwo Hwu, Sami Tawil, Mohammed Al-Banna, Ziad Nahas, Rachel Jenkins, Shinfuku Naotaka, Mary Anne Baker, Tarek Okasha, Ahmad Okasha, Parameshvara Deva, John Racy, Mohammad Abou Saleh, Manickam Thirunavukarasu, Russel F. D’Souza, Hassen Al-Amine, Afzal Javed, MD

Sitting Participants (left to right) Pichet Udomratn, Javaid Sheikh, Ziad Kronfol, Bulent Coskun




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