chapter  8
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The Evolution of Forensic Training

ByDebra A. Pinals, Reena Kapoor

Forensic psychiatry is a specialty in medicine that conjures up images of courtroom dramas but requires conscious attendance to professional ethics and rigor. As a subspecialty of psychiatry, it is geared to interface with the legal system, and with those complexities has experienced evolving trends in how the specialty is taught. As of 2015, forensic psychiatry training takes place in forty accredited forensic psychiatry fellowship programs across the country (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education 2015a). Th e total number of forensic fellowship programs has fl uctuated over the years. Data from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) from between 2001 to 2015 indicates that the total number of programs has ranged from thirty-eight in the 2011-2012 academic year to forty-fi ve during the 2005-2006 academic year, with total numbers of residents ranging from about seventy to eighty.