Booth and his colleagues have made an important contribution to the emerging evidence base that shows education in forensic psychiatry topics can improve attitudes toward the field. Given the desinstitutionalization of those with severe mental illness from state psychiatric facilities and the incarceration of many individuals with severe mental illness in correctional facilities, the need to train many more psychiatrists with competence in correctional settings is clear. Simply training more forensic psychiatrists will not both meet the psychiatric needs of incarcerated patients and fulfill the essential roles forensic psychiatrists play in the justice system. Therefore, it is essential that all psychiatry residency programs include time allotted to forensic psychiatry just as time is allotted to the other major subspecialties, including child and adolescent psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine. It is likely that the only way to achieve this necessary outcome is through advocacy for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to mandate a rotation in forensic psychiatry, for psychiatry residency programs to be accredited.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Psychiatry and Mental health