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New Curricula and Building Competencies

An entirely new approach to the teaching of medical and health professionals is essential to reforming treatment from the ground up. As with all new approaches to care and treatment, the education component will be informed by research to determine the optimal interprofessional training model and the impact of new curricula.

Once teaching and training models are validated, they can be scaled globally, producing successive generations of health care professionals that are skilled at identifying, preventing and treating simultaneous mental and physical illness.

It will begin from the first core lectures, with medical students exposed to a new curriculum that emphasizes integration within a coordinated inter-professional system. The hallmark of the revamped curriculum will be a third-year clerkship which teaches psychiatry, internal medicine, paediatrics and family medicine simultaneously rather than sequentially.

Beyond medical school, ongoing training for residents will take place through postgraduate teaching models, Royal College-approved Areas of Focused Competence and other initiatives.

Training will also include ongoing development of University of Toronto faculty members at partner hospitals. Both students and professionals will have the opportunity to teach and learn integrated care models within a simulation centre at CAMH that includes simulation technology and standardized patients (actors) providing realistic scenarios.

In the community, a continuing medical education program focused on building competencies in medical psychiatry assessment and management will be provided for family physicians and paediatricians. Training will also be made available for additional professionals in the health system, including case managers and community outreach teams, to assist them in coordinating patient care.