APA-AAMC partnership seeks educational resources for preparing health professionals

MedEdPORTAL repository now includes psychological science.

The American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) are collaborating to create an online collection of free, peer-reviewed educational resources related to psychological science to be included in the AAMC’s MedEdPORTAL. The MedEdPORTAL repository is used across the health professions in the preparation of future practitioners. The new collection is being developed in recognition of the importance of psychology as both a basic and clinical science in training the health care workforce.

Submissions of educational resources are currently being solicited. Resources should be complete stand-alone learning or teaching modules that have been successfully implemented in the classroom or clinical training environment (see examples). Especially encouraged are submissions of resources that facilitate the teaching of foundational psychological science related to behavior and health. 

Sample topics include, but are not limited to, these areas:

  • Social, emotional and cognitive development
  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Psychophysiology
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Behavior change
  • Motivation
  • Decision making
  • Leadership
  • Unconscious bias
  • Group dynamics and team functioning
  • Violence
  • Psychometrics
  • Stress and coping
  • Treatment adherence
  • Grief
  • Behavioral health risk factors
  • Obesity and weight management
  • Smoking cessation
  • Mental and behavioral disorders
  • Health belief models
  • Dental anxiety
  • Pain
  • Provider–patient communication
Psychologist Barney Beins (email) of Ithaca College serves as associate editor of MedEdPORTAL for this APA-AAMC initiative. See the MedEdPORTAL website for Instructions for submitting resources.

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