Highly Positive Learning Experience in Psychiatry Placements – 2019-2020 UGME Learning Environment Report

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

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The Department recently obtained the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) Learning Environment Report prepared by the UBC Faculty of Medicine UGME Committee, which captures survey data from the 2020 Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Graduation Questionnaire on the educational experiences of students graduating from MD programs at the 17 Canadian faculties of medicine.

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We are delighted to share that the overall findings in the report were highly favourable for the UBC Psychiatry UGME program, and complement broader efforts by the Faculty of Medicine and the University to create safer, more inclusive learning environments for students during training. In light of these findings, we wish to take this opportunity to commend all our faculty members who helped contribute to the very positive learning experience in Psychiatry reported by UBC’s graduating medical students.

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While the 35% response rate for the UBC Class of 2020 was lower compared to previous years likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the survey revealed consistently high scores for Psychiatry in all key areas of evaluation. Students scored our preceptors highly in clinical, large group, and small group teaching sessions across all teaching sites (VFMP, SMP, NMP, and IMP). Notably, over 90% of graduates rated their experience in the Psychiatry UGME program as “Good,” “Very Good,” or “Excellent.” As well, over 90% of graduates agreed or strongly agreed that they had an appropriate level of responsibility, and similar numbers reported being observed while taking a history and doing a mental status examination.

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Furthermore, UBC graduating medical students did not raise any concerns about mistreatment on their psychiatry rotations, and respondents expressed a high level of satisfaction in how student safety and patient safety were maintained in the program. With regard to Psychiatry electives, 95% to 100% of the graduating class perceived the quality of teaching, constructive feedback, and balance of clinical and study time to be either “Good,” “Very Good,” or “Excellent.”

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The strong data presented in the 2019-2020 UGME Learning Environment Report reflects very positively on our outstanding teaching faculty and residents, and on the quality of the undergraduate education program in Psychiatry as a whole.

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We wish to once again thank our dedicated Department members for their ongoing commitment and hard work in bringing exceptional psychiatry education to UBC medical students year after year.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head
Dr. Raymond Lam, Associate Head, Graduate & Undergraduate Education
Dr. Kathryn Fung, Undergraduate Education Program Director