Psychological effects of war: A role play
A case study in peer-to-peer education for medical students
Keywords:Medical education, role play, psychiatry, depression, PTSD, Psychological effects of war
The practice of psychiatry, perhaps more than any other specialty, is largely affected by culture. The medical student psychiatry curriculum often fails to incorporate this reality. In the Middle East currently, because of the endemic violence and warfare, the topic of the Psychological Effects of War should be an integral part of the psychiatry curriculum. Unfortunately, this topic is often neglected or poorly addressed in most psychiatric textbooks or curricula. A group of three students at WCM-Q in Doha took matter in their own hands to fill this gap. They used role play to illustrate three different conditions that are associated with the psychological effects of war in three different scenarios: anxiety, depression and PTSD. They made a video of the scenes with other fellow students participating in the discussion. This innovative approach is a good example of peer-to-peer education to cover an important topic that is frequently missing in standard curricula.
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