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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 203-209

Filicide in the United States

Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Correspondence Address:
Phillip J Resnick
University Hospitals of Cleveland, Walker Bldg. Room 7133, 10524 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.196845

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In the United States the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education determines the curriculum required for fellows in forensic psychiatry to become board certified as a subspecialist. Areas that must be covered during the one year fellowship include criminal issues, such as insanity; civil issues, such as tort law and Workers' Compensation; legal regulation of psychiatry, such as confidentiality and involuntary hospitalization; and correctional psychiatry issues, such as dual agency and prisoner's rights. Fellows are also expected to have knowledge about juvenile courts, the structure of the legal system, and child custody issues. In addition, fellows are required to analyze complex cases and write forensic reports which are well reasoned. Teaching methods include lectures, storytelling, use of video vignettes, and mock trials. Additional teaching methodologies include group supervision of fellows in their report writing and direct observation of giving testimony. During the year we see fellows evolve and shift their orientation from being an advocate for patients to perceiving their role as serving justice.



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