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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 258-260

Psychiatry movie club: A novel way to teach psychiatry


Department of Psychiatry, L. T. M. Medical College & Sion General Hospital, Sion, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Gurvinder Kalra
Department of Psychiatry, L. T. M. Medical College & Sion General Hospital, Sion, Mumbai - 400 022, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.86820

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For decades, films across the world have entertained people and affected their attitudes regarding certain issues and conditions. Documentary films have been used by governments in different parts of the world to educate the general public and promote health and prevent the spread of disease as part of public health programs. Psychiatry as a branch of medicine like the rest of medicine continues to develop. With an increasing awareness among the general population and popularity of films showing various aspects of mental illnesses on the rise, educators and teachers are turning their attention to using films for education of medical students and psychiatric trainees. Although films may be stereotypical and prejudiced, they can be used successfully in teaching psychiatry trainees. In this paper, development of a movie club and its use are described and suggestions made to improve the use of films in this process.



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