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Academic Psychiatry

Academic Psychiatry

Editor-in-Chief: Laura W. Roberts

ISSN: 1042-9670 (print version)
ISSN: 1545-7230 (electronic version)

Journal no. 40596

Call for Papers

Evidence-Based Approaches to Tele- and E-Behavioral Health: Clinical, Educational, and Administrative Options from Telepsychiatry to Social Media/Networking to Psych Apps 

The journal seeks new submissions researching, evaluating, and describing tele- and e-behavioral health competencies to help faculty, residents, program directors, administrators, and other interdisciplinary partners improve clinical care, training, and leadership at the interface of psychiatry and technology.
Specific objectives are to help readers to develop requisite competencies in the form of skills, attitudes, and knowledge for psychiatric education; operationalize target outcomes, align teaching methods, assess learners, and evaluate competencies; and reflect on options and implications for organizations, academic health centers, schools, departments, and programs.
Suggested topics for manuscript submissions might include how to develop, operationalize, and measure competencies for trainees related to educational and/or clinical outcomes and evidence-based approaches for telecompetencies to improve faculty teaching, trainee performance, and quality of care. Suggestions are needed for prioritization of technology initiatives, building a positive e-culture of learning, and administrative efficiency. Programs must contend with many current milestones and consider additional skills, attitudes and knowledge related to technology – which has similarities and differences to regular learning, in-person care and rotations/supervision. Additional ideas for submissions:
• How do we move from “good ideas” to operationalizing target outcomes, aligning teaching methods, assessing learners’ progress?
• What dimensions of social media/networking are appropriate “in” clinical care and which are best “left out?”
• How does personal experience with technology help/hinder us with professional practice using technology?
• What are “good” evidence-based apps and what is an evidence-based approach to using an app?
• What can we learn from/with the Millennials/Generation Y and Generation Z/Centennials in medical, residency and other graduate programs?
• What interprofessional or interdisciplinary competencies do we share with others related to tele- and e-behavioral health?
• How do we contend with nuances related to professionalism, boundaries and privacy?
• What must faculty learn to be better clinicians, supervisors and teachers related to tele- and e-behavioral health and how should they learn these things?
• How do we improve program curricular, rotations and evaluation with current and potential additional care and training shifts due to technology?
• Should we have institutional competencies and if so, what are they, to build and promote a positive e-learning culture?
• What are national organizations in psychiatry and medicine doing to help the workforce advance with technologies and what are the immediate, future priorities?
• How are other countries and cultures outside of medicine moving toward competencies, curricular and training that can inform us?
Submissions will be evaluated across five primary criteria: 1) Evidence-base for the approach, development, and evaluation of competencies; 2) Power of practical dissemination and sustainability (e.g., global, across learners, inter-professional and institutional perspectives, how to apply an idea to daily experience); 3) Synthesis of information toward competencies rather than “good ideas”; 4) Originality; and 5) Clarity of presentation
Submissions are encouraged by November 30, 2017.

Academic Psychiatry Invites Black-and-White Art Submissions 

Original art pieces may be considered for publication in the journal Academic Psychiatry if they pertain to and advance the journal’s mission. The journal supports work that furthers knowledge and stimulates evidence-based advances in academic medicine in six key domains: education, leadership, finance and administration, career and professional development, ethics and professionalism, and health and well-being.
Art pieces must be black and white only and should be submitted via e-mail to the editorial office at AcadPsych@gmail.com.
Artists retain the copyright to their works and provide permission to the publisher to reproduce their work in the journal.
All artwork submissions are subject to review and the approval of the journal’s Arts and Creative Works Advisor and the Editor-in-Chief. Publication in the journal is not guaranteed.

Ongoing Opportunities 

Contact the journal editorial office (AcadPsych@gmail.com) with manuscript ideas and content questions.
The Media Column includes original papers regarding the relationship between media and psychiatry and, more generally, the health professions at large. Papers focus on media in psychiatric education, the impact of media on mental health and illness, how mental illness and psychiatry are portrayed in media, and how media may be used for public education, among other topics. These papers are encouraged to be evidence-based, educational, creative, innovative, or exploratory.
The “Down to Earth” Academic Skills Column offers authors an opportunity to provide practical, useful knowledge for our readers who are approaching the many tasks related to psychiatric education and research, or more generally, academic behavioral health or the health professions. These pieces are meant to be user-friendly. As such, they often provide "tips," use tables and figures, and summarize processes in a step-by-step fashion. They usually do not follow the typical IMRAD format; rather, they clearly and comprehensively outline or highlight topics that are of particular salience to our readership.
The Educational Case Report Column includes papers that are practical in nature and might analyze, whether descriptively or ethnographically, how a particular teaching practice was applied in a specific setting. Examples of topics include the unexpected and subtle discoveries made during the development of an innovative teaching method, repetitive attempts to reform a curriculum, or the launching of a new course. The editorial process will take into account that case reports in education tend to be naturalistic and relatively lacking in empirical data and that they are valuable as qualitative and descriptive pieces. Such articles might serve as precursors to more robust empirical studies.
Letters to the Editor: Submissions to the editor should be responses to specific articles published in the journal or thought pieces that raise an issue to which the editor and/or editorial board may respond.
The Missions feature highlights articles about the journal’s five-fold mission. The five missions encompass (1) Academic Leadership and Administration; (2) Innovative Education; (3) Academic Professional Development; (4) Professionalism and Ethics; and (5) Health and Well-Being, across psychiatry, behavioral sciences, and the health professions at large. These papers are encouraged to be evidence-based, educational, creative, innovative, or exploratory.
Poetry and Other Creative Works, including Black and White Art: The journal encourages creative works of self-expression by trainees, clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, or retirees. Original art pieces may be considered if they pertain to and advance our journal’s mission. Art pieces must be black and white only and should be submitted via email (and NOT via Editorial Manager) to the editorial office at AcadPsych@gmail.com. All artwork submissions are subject to the Editor-in-Chief’s approval to appear in the Journal.
The journal welcomes expressions from a particular point of view in academic psychiatry. Trainees, teachers, and leaders in the health professions are encouraged to submit Perspectives.
The journal will consider Position Statements/Task Force Reports that are comprehensive descriptions of policies and recommendations from key organizations in academic psychiatry.
Annotated Bibliographies present a summary of resources compiled on a topic specific to the scope and mission of Academic Psychiatry. Annotated bibliographies should support our readers in their academic development, teaching efforts, or development of leadership skills, for example, supporting material for designing a course on ethics for child and adolescent psychiatry fellows, programs on leadership in the health sciences, or promotion of well-being among clinicians. The annotations should provide the reader with a summary and an evaluation of the source. Each concise annotation should capture the source’s central idea and the content that can be found.

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    The Journal’s mission supports work that furthers knowledge and stimulates evidence-based advances in academic medicine in six key domains: education, leadership, finance and administration, career and professional development, ethics and professionalism, and health and well-being.

    Original articles present empirical research, systematic reviews, or critical analyses that inform one of these six key domains, important to academic psychiatry, behavioral sciences, and the health professions.

    Academic Psychiatry often assembles collections of papers on themes pertinent to its readership. The journal also invites full and brief empirical reports, as well as contributions to the educational resource column, the media column, commentaries, position papers, book reviews, poems, and letters to the editor.

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