AAMC, APA Collaboration Provides Access to Free Online Psychological Science Resources for Health Care Professionals
- Created on Saturday, 19 October 2013 20:06
- Written by APA
Washington, DC - The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) and the American Psychological Association (APA) have announced a partnership that will provide medical students, faculty, and other health professionals with access to free online psychological science resources.
As part of the collaboration, the APA will submit content to create the first-ever psychological science collection within the AAMC’s MedEdPORTAL®, an expansive online repository of instructional materials for teaching pre-health curricula in medical education.
“Understanding people is key to being an effective physician, and psychological science plays an important role, from premedical through graduate studies,” said Carol A. Aschenbrener, MD, AAMC chief medical education officer. “This collaboration represents a commitment to sharing effective educational resources related to psychological science across disciplines, and helps create greater understanding that behavioral and mental health care is part of overall health.”
The new psychological science collection will be available through the three services of MedEdPORTAL — Publications, iCollaborative and the CE Directory — to equip health care professionals with effective and efficient educational tools to improve patient care. Under Publications, users will have access to peer-reviewed, classroom-tested health education modules. APA members will be encouraged to submit educational innovations taking place at their institutions to the iCollaborative, which promotes the sharing of and collaboration on non-peer-reviewed innovative educational ideas being developed and tested at health institutions. The CE Directory will provide practicing professionals with access to continuing education activities in an online learning format that have been officially certified by an accredited provider.
“This partnership enhances APA’s commitment to promote the preparation of other health professions in both basic and applied psychological science,” said Norman B. Anderson, PhD, APA chief executive officer. “It also supports the scholarship of teaching and learning in psychology through a rigorous peer review process.”