Developing Psychosomatic Medicine Workshop Module for Medical Doctor


Psychosomatic medicine (PM) is a field that explores the interplay between the mind and the body and how psychological factors can influence physical health. The author started psychosomatic medicine workshop for medical doctor in 2017 for medical doctors. Since 2017 the author already held 6 workshops in different regions in Indonesia. The module aims to equip medical doctors with a basic understanding of psychosomatic medicine, its key concepts, and its relevance in clinical practice. It started with definition and scope of Psychosomatic Medicine (PM) especially in the role of stress, emotions, and mental health in physical well-being in psychoneuroimmunology point of view. We also discussed about examples of psychosomatic problems in daily practice including and psychiatric comorbidity in medical illness. Assessment and diagnosis in PM is crucial as well as recognizing and addressing psychosocial factors in medical presentations. We also addressed how important psychoeducation and patient empowerment in dealing with psychosomatic problems in the module. We limit our approach in interventions only to pharmacological treatment and supportive psychotherapy. Case studies and practical applications of PM in daily practice is the core of the module. In our workshop we divided participants into groups and we provided participants with case examples to trigger discussions. We provided participants with current research trends in psychosomatic medicine and how to integrate psychosomatic medicine into evidence-based practice. Feedbacks from the participants was good, participants gave a score of 4.3/5 for satisfaction in attending this training.

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Andri Andri, Krida Wacana Christian University, Indonesia

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Conference: ACE2023
Stream: Curriculum Design & Development

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