Royal College of Psychiatrists - review of the curriculum for trainees in psychiatry

We are partnering with the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Wellcome Trust to support a two-year project aimed at reviewing and proposing a significant update to the training curriculum for psychiatrists, specifically aimed at increasing the neuroscience component to meet the needs of modern day mental health research and treatment.

Royal College of Psychiatrists - review of the curriculum for trainees in psychiatry

Gatsby has a focus on fundamental research, with a portfolio that spans genes to behaviour. Our investment in basic science contributes to the challenge of identifying, observing, manipulating and ultimately understanding the circuits that generate behaviour.

The aim of RCPsych project is to make sure that the exciting advances in basic and clinical neuroscience are conveyed directly and reflect current understanding so that trainees are better equipped for the scientific advances that will be made over their working lives.

To this end, RCPsych have established a Commission that will review the current content and teaching of neuroscience in the specialist training of psychiatrists and will make recommendations for a new curriculum incorporating modern developments in clinical neuroscience. Co-chaired by Dr Wendy Burn (Immediate past Dean and now President of RCPsych) and Professor Mike Travis (Director of Residency Training, Pittsburgh and Co-Director of the US National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative) the Commission is tasked to determine the overall structure of a new curriculum based upon best contemporary practice and the required resources to support learning.