- Exploring medical students' choice of Psychiatry as a career
PI: Leonard Gralnik, MD, PhD
Co-Is: Rodolfo Bonnin, PhD; Adriana Foster, MD; Karin Esposito, MD, PhD; Thomas Schwartz, MD
The survey administered through this study will focus on medical students who have chosen to pursue psychiatry residency training, and to current psychiatry residents. The survey will examine factors in the medical school curriculum that may be amenable to change, and therefore could be modified to help recruit future students into psychiatry.
- The use of virtual patients in interprofessional education
PI: Adriana Foster, MD
Co-Is: Jean Hannan, PhD; Chelsea Cosner; Christina Rios (Medical Student), Matison Alderman (Medical Student)
This research aims to engage study participants into virtual human interactions (VHIs) to yield feasible educational modalities. The study participants will have the opportunity to improve their communication and diagnostic skills by engaging with a virtual human, occurring in addition to “teaching as usual” in their educational program (e.g. lectures, small groups, standardized patients).
- Impact of clinician virtual human interaction training in emotional self-awareness on patients suicidal ideation and suicide crisis syndrome: a randomized controlled trial
Funding Agency: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Site PI: Adriana Foster, MD Grant PI: Igor Galynker, MD, PhD Co-Is: Benjamin Lok, PhD; Erica Musser, PhD; Karina McCoy, PsyD
Working with suicidal patients is stressful and often elicits clinicians’ powerful negative emotional responses that may adversely affect suicidal outcomes. Web-based, scalable and easy to disseminate clinician training in effective management of negative emotions towards suicidal patients can result in improvement in suicidal outcomes. We will use Virtual Human Interactions (VHI) to train clinicians in emotional self-awareness (ESA), which includes recognition of one's own negative emotional responses, and ability to engage empathically with suicidal patients. We will assess outcomes of VHI ESA training compared with a Control-condition in a prospective multisite (Mount Sinai Health System/New York and FIU/Citrus Health Network), blinded, and randomized trial. We will also measure the impact of ESA training on patients' suicidal outcomes at various stages throughout the project.