October 16, 2013

AAMC, APA Collaboration Provides Access to Free Online Psychological Science Resources for Health Care Professionals

WASHINGTON — 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.”

The psychological science resources are expected to be available on MedEdPORTAL in 2014. For more information, visit the website.

Brooke Bergen, AAMC, can be contacted by email or by phone at (202) 828-0419.

About the AAMC

The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a not-for-profit association representing all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 128,000 faculty members, 75,000 medical students, and 110,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals is available online.

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students as its members. The APA mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.