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Hit the right pitch, by Dr Liz
Pitching is an important aspect to be
considered in effective teaching. You can lose your audience by
being too simple or too complex. The trick is to craft your content
so as neither to patronise nor to overwhelm.
Not that making things simple is easy. When
addressing medical students, covering a new topic without numbing
them with information can mean giving a version of the truth that
leaves out a lot of the uncertainties that you hope some of them
might research in the future. For your peers, you don’t want to
teach them to suck eggs, but a summary of what is current knowledge
can get the brain warmed up to take in new information.
We try to get the levels right for CPD
Online. Covering familiar ground will help keep your knowledge
fresh, while learning new information from our modules and podcasts
– even if it is picking up only one or two new ideas – will
hopefully be useful and relevant to your work.
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Psychological support has a very important
role for individuals with gender concerns, transgenderism and
gender dysphoria – from confirming the diagnosis, to managing
concurrent mental health issues, to preparing patients for
transition to another gender. The module is a comprehensive review
of the topic, accompanied by videos of patients' accounts of
gender dysphoria and their experience of the real-life process
Treating depression in later
Depression is common in later life, with a
prevalence of 10-15%. Diagnosis and treatment can be challenging
because of the overlap of the condition with physical illness and
its interplay with cognitive impairment. Yet, evidence-based
treatment produces encouraging outcomes and this is therefore a
rewarding field to be involved in. This module gives a rounded
perspective of the condition, with an emphasis on treatment.
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home may hurt
Dr Lyndon Riviere, of the Walter Reed Army
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his recent research on risk factors for mental ill health in US
reservists after deployment in Iraq.
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