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PM Curriculum for Psychiatry Residency Programs

As part of the Academy's educational mission, the APM Residency Education Subcommittee has developed a series of 13 lectures (PowerPoint presentations) on core topics in psychosomatic medicine that are tailored to the educational level of a junior resident in psychiatry. The lectures are intended to assist the directors of psychiatry residency programs in training their residents in the important field of psychosomatic medicine.

The series of 13 lectures were authored by APM members who have longevity in the field. The topics addressed in the series are varied, covering some of the most salient and important issues in C-L/PM.

The links below are to PDF files of previews (the first six slides) of each lecture; most lectures include speaker notes. The complete lectures are in the Members' Corner for access by APM members. The presentations are a service; there is no charge to download or use them.

For a 13-page PDF of the previews of all 13 lectures without notes (one lecture per page), see Residency Curriculum Preview Slides. For a history of the development of a psychiatry resident curriculum, please see History below.



The Academy has been advocating for psychosomatic medicine training for psychiatry residents since the early 1990s. The historical articles below are well worth the read for background to the need for such training and the prelude to today's series of 13 lectures.

1996 Publication of Recommended Guidelines
After several years of inquiries with residency program directors and collaboration with other PM groups, and before psychosomatic medicine was officially recognized as a subspecialty, recommended guidelines for C-L/PM training for psychiatry residents were published in 1996 by an APM task force chaired by David Gitlin, MD, FAPM (APM president 2009-2010). The paper was published in the January-February 1996 issue of Psychosomatics and was posted on the APM website.

On the Psychosomatics website (login required):

PDF iconC-L Psychiatry Residency Training Guidelines: Another Milestone
Psychosomatics 1996; 37(1):1-2
An editorial introduction to the recommended guidelines written by John R. Hayes, MD, FAPM, APM president 1994-95

PDF iconRecommended Guidelines for Consultation-Liaison Psychiatric Training in Psychiatry Residency Programs: A Report from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Task Force on Psychiatric Resident Training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Psychosomatics 1996; 37(1):3-11

On the APM website (no login required):

HTML iconHTML version of the recommended guidelines

2009 Publication of Core Competencies
During the years leading up to and following the official recognition of psychosomatic medicine as a subspecialty by the ABMS in 2003, the Academy collaborated with the APA Council on Psychosomatic Medicine and the ABPN Psychosomatic Committee to develop core competencies for psychiatric residency education. These core competencies were posted in PDF form on the APM website in June 2008 and published in the November-December 2009 issue of Psychosomatics.

On the Psychosomatics website (login required):

Core Competencies for Fellowship Training in Psychosomatic Medicine: A Collaborative Effort by the APA Council on Psychosomatic Medicine, the ABPN Psychosomatic Committee, and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
Psychosomatics 2009; 50(6):557-562

HTML iconHTML version
PDF iconPDF reprint

On the APM website (outline only; no login required):

PDF iconThe American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Psychosomatic Medicine Core Competencies Outline

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