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Re: psychopharmacologist vs. psychiatrist Zana

Posted by Larry Hoover on April 20, 2009, at 8:34:54

In reply to Re: psychopharmacologist vs. psychiatrist, posted by Zana on April 20, 2009, at 7:54:25

> Psychopharmacologists do their residency in psychopharm.
> Psychiatrist do their residency in psychiatry-- treating patients with talk therapy.
> Psychopharm docs may also train in general psychiatry.

Although that may generally be true, there is no recognized American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology subspecialty in Psychopharmacology.

http://www.abms.org/Who_We_Help/Physicians/specialties.aspx

There is an organization called the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, which confers the honorific ASCP upon doctors who pass the qualifying exams, but this is a non-board sanctioned professional organization. Although the qualifications require a medical specialization, that specialization could be anything, e.g. family medicine, orthopedics....

http://www.ascpp.org/pages.aspx?PanelID=1&PageName=What_is_Psychopharmacology

Patients must investigate the educational background of anyone claiming to be a psychopharmacologist. There are residency programs in psychopharmacology, but the board certification could not be in that subspecialty. It's a loop-hole, perhaps, but any doctor could claim this specialization at present, unless they have ASCP certification. But I'd still want to know how they got there.

Lar

 

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