The chronic workforce shortage in child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) remains a germane issue that has been difficult to deal with effectively. Collaboration between medical schools without sufficient CAP resources and those with enough to share may help improve interest in the field.
This lecture series piloted a collaborative effort between CAP residents from a Midwest academic center and student-led interest groups from two osteopathic medical schools. CAP residents led nine interactive lectures with medical students on relevant topics, using video-teleconferencing. Baseline and follow-up surveys were used to assess attitudes and responses to the lecture series.
A group of 175 students completed the baseline survey; 43 students completed the follow-up survey; 21 of 43 (48%) reported that the lectures would positively influence their career choice toward CAP.
Interactive lectures via video teleconferencing demonstrated potential to improve medical students’ exposure to CAP, and they were well received in this initial pilot study.