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Welcome to the June 2014 CPD
Congress – The
International Congress 2014 will take place from 24 to 27 June
at London’s Barbican Centre. Do visit us at the CPD Online stand
(in the RCPsych Info Zone) to have a one-to-one demonstration, to
receive help with getting the best from CPD Online, or simply to
meet the team.
Trainees Online – Expert Reviewers Needed
Trainees Online (TrOn) – a new e-learning resource from the
College designed to support the learning needs of core trainees –
is due to launch at the College’s International Congress. We are
currently looking for expert reviewers to provide feedback on our
commissioned modules which cover the basic sciences on the MRCPsych
syllabus and are written by higher trainees. Interested? Please see
full module list and our
expert reviewer page for further information on how to get
Twitter – Dr Suhaib Bin Bilal Hafi asks for
comments on a Guardian article claiming there is crisis in mental
health services in prisons.
A changing culture
By Dr Suhaib Bin Bilal Hafi, CPD
Online Trainee Editor
It never ceases to amaze me how information
provision and social interaction change over the years. Over the
centuries we have gone from pigeon post to emails; from lectures to
students to having whole curricula online on a tablet; from coffee
houses to Facebook and Twitter to meet our social interaction
needs. I started my life looking at one or two terrestrial
television channels, yet my two-year-old son navigates his way on a
tablet effortlessly, instantly accessing the seemingly limitless
store of human knowledge. Although he is currently focusing on the
cartoons. Such has been the extent to which things have changed
over the past 25 years. Who knows what’s in store for us over the
next 25 years?
Looking at recent history and literature, it
is evident that strategies to resist or modify change in culture
are proving unsuccessful. Keeping up with changes in culture is a
necessity for success in the ever-moving world. In my view, this is
just the beginning. We will go through several more changes in
culture in our lifetime, and if we fail to align ourselves with the
present we will risk lagging further behind in future.
RCPsych has moved along to align with the
modern culture of information provision and social interaction. CPD
Online is a stride in the right direction, designed to meet these
changes in culture. By providing up-to-date online modules and
podcasts in psychiatry we are striving to make it easier for mental
health clinicians across the world to adapt to the growing culture
of maintaining continuous professional development. And for those
of you who tweet, do follow us on Twitter, to get
closer together and interact in these new virtual worlds..
deficit–hyperactivity disorder in children and
Professor Heidi Feldman, from the Stanford
University School of Medicine, talks about attention
deficit–hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and
in psychiatry using films
Dr Joyce Almeida, author of the College’s
popular Minds on Film blog, discusses the use of film for teaching
and learning psychiatry.
meditation: programmes for psychological stress and
Dr Madhav Goyal talks about his recent study
and some surprising findings about the effectiveness of
Transferring care between age-specific
Managing the adverse effects of clozapine
Social media and mental health
Complementary and alternative medicine in
psychiatry [Fully revised and
updated by the author]
The goal of this module is to acquaint psychiatrists with the
most common complementary and alternative medicines routinely
encountered in clinical practice and to enable them to deal
confidently with clinical queries in this area.
View the most popular modules and podcasts over the past
Advances in Psychiatric
Highlights of the
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With best wishes,
The CPD Online Team