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Acad Psychiatry. 2015 Oct;39(5):549-54. doi: 10.1007/s40596-015-0347-4. Epub 2015 Jun 16.

Teaching a Systematic Approach for Transitioning Patients to College: An Interactive Continuing Medical Education Program.

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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA.
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA.
University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA.



The purpose of this article is to determine the effectiveness of a hands-on continuing education program for practicing child and adolescent psychiatrists (CAPs) with a focus on best practices in transitioning psychiatric patients to college. The plan was to build on the unique knowledge and skill set of CAPs, use audience and facilitator feedback from prior programs to inform program content, structure, and format, and incorporate findings from the evolving literature.


A 3-h interactive workshop was designed with an emphasis on audience participation. The workshop was divided into three main segments: didactics, whole group discussion/brainstorming, and small group discussion of illustrative case vignettes.


Improvements and changes in knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to transition planning were identified by program participants. Quantitative feedback in the form of course evaluations, pre- and posttests, and a 6-month follow-up questionnaire indicate that the use of interactive teaching techniques is a productive learning experience for practicing CAPs. Qualitative feedback was that the discussion of the case vignettes was the most helpful.


The use of a workshop format is an effective strategy to engage practicing CAPs in learning about and implementing best practices to support the transition of their patients to college and into young adulthood. Comprehensive and proactive transition planning, facilitated by clinicians, should promote the wellness of college-bound patients and help to reduce the potential risks in the setting of an upcoming transition.


College-bound patients; Continuing medical education; Curriculum development

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