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Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2018 Mar 12;20(3):15. doi: 10.1007/s11920-018-0878-y.

Lifelong Learning for Clinical Practice: How to Leverage Technology for Telebehavioral Health Care and Digital Continuing Medical Education.

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Mental Health and UC Davis Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Northern California VA Healthcare System, 10535 Hospital Way, Mather, Sacramento, CA, 95655, USA.
Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa and Iowa City VA Health Care, 200 Hawkins Dr, Iowa City, IA, 52242, USA.
UCSD Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA, 92093, USA.



Psychiatric practice continues to evolve and play an important role in patients' lives, the field of medicine, and health care delivery. Clinicians must learn a variety of clinical care systems and lifelong learning (LLL) is crucial to apply knowledge, develop skills, and adjust attitudes. Technology is rapidly becoming a key player-in delivery, lifelong learning, and education/training.


The evidence base for telepsychiatry/telemental health via videoconferencing has been growing for three decades, but a greater array of technologies have emerged in the last decade (e.g., social media/networking, text, apps). Clinicians are combining telepsychiatry and these technologies frequently and they need to reflect on, learn more about, and develop skills for these technologies. The digital age has solidified the role of technology in continuing medical education and day-to-day practice. Other fields of medicine are also adapting to the digital age, as are graduate and undergraduate medical education and many allied mental health organizations. In the future, there will be more online training, simulation, and/or interactive electronic examinations, perhaps on a monthly cycle rather than a quasi-annual or 10-year cycle of recertification.


Digital; Education; Learning; Lifelong; Technology; Telepsychiatry


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