An international perspective on behavioral science education in medical schools

Anna Chur-Hansen, John E. Carr, Christine Bundy, Juan Jose Sanchez-Sosa, Sombat Tapanya, Saeed H. Wahass

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    The behavioral sciences are taught in medical curricula around the world. In the current paper psychologists teaching in medical schools in Australia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States share their experience and reflections. Whilst direct comparisons between countries are not made, the themes that are evident within and between accounts are instructive. As behavioral scientists around the globe are struggling to maintain a presence in medical education many of the reasons behind this are shared, regardless of the country. Challenges discussed include those related to the impact of unrealized potential contributions of psychologists as health care professionals, teaching of behavioral sciences by other professions, domination of the biomedical model without a corresponding recognition of psychology as science, and modern medical pedagogies such as problem-based learning, which favor biomedicine. Systemic and political barriers over which we as a discipline may have little control are also highlighted. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)45-53
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of clinical psychology in medical settings
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


    • Behavioral sciences
    • International
    • Medical education


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