(Received 26 May 1988; accepted 18 October 1988)
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Are separate courses on forensic psychiatry available for medical students? During the 1985 to 1986 academic year, the authors surveyed all U.S. medical schools to identify courses on forensic/legal psychiatry. A minority of schools included separate courses or practicums on forensic psychiatry or mental health law. In a follow-up telephone survey, instructors of each of these courses were interviewed. Information was obtained on format of course, duration, discipline of instructor or instructors, topics covered, reading materials, institutional settings, and the number of students who took the course. The results are discussed and compared with earlier surveys.
Associate professor and chief of forensic services, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Director of forensic training, Mendota Mental Health Institute, Madison, WI
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