Volume 17, Issue 3 (1988)
Family Medicine: The School Psychologist's Influence
ABSTRACT: School psychologists have influenced the development and refinement of the specialty of family medicine. A residency in family medicine consists of a three year program following medical school graduation that incorporates training in behavioral medicine, disease prevention, and patient education. In the roles of psychological, educational and research consultant, school psychologists help to define and teach principles of behavioral medicine to residents and faculty, assist in curriculum refinement, determine evaluation strategies for assessing learners,teachers and programs, and use their advanced research skills to conduct and consult on research projects in family medicine. The training of school psychologists for this setting usually includes post doctoral work in health or family psychology. Opportunities, though limited in number, are likely to continue to be available as a result of the importance the federal government has placed on developing the specialty of family medicine.
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