Twelve tips for performing well in vivas

Selzer, R; Ellen, S; Rotstein, L; Roseby, R Medical Teacher, 2015, Vol.37(5), p.428-432 The viva examination is a common method of assessment in medical education. It is, in essence a performance given by candidates to examiners, and as such, candidates would be well advised to optimize their performance. Knowledge and skills are essential to passing…

Teaching psychological processes & psychotherapy to medical students

We outline some potentially useful strategies to help clinicians teach aspects of psychotherapy to students: making it easy and relevant, illustrating the broad applications of psychological concepts, introducing cultural references, as well as appreciating that assessment can drive learning. Australasian Psychiatry 2015, Vol 23(1) 69–71  

Formulation for beginners

Selzer R, Ellen S. Formulation for beginners. (2014) Australiasian Psychiatry. 22(4), 397-401. Abstract Objective: Developing a formulation is an important method of understanding the people we treat. Writing a formulation need not be seen as burdensome or difficult. Our objective is to provide a framework for the formulation process to make it more accessible for…

Alignment: a conceptual shift from adherence. [Review]

Selzer RM; Ellen S; McGartland M. Internal Medicine Journal. 43(8):940-2, 2013 Aug. [Journal Article. Review] Abstract: Developing a treatment plan with a patient is one of the cornerstones of clinical medicine. The current concept of adherence, a conceptual shift away from the notion of compliance, connotes an agreement to and implementation of a plan. There…

Disability after injury: the cumulative burden of physical and mental health.

O’Donnell ML; Varker T; Holmes AC; Ellen S; Wade D; Creamer M; Silove D; McFarlane A; Bryant RA; Forbes D. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 74(2):e137-43, 2013 Feb. Abstract: CONTEXT: Injury is one of the leading contributors to the global burden of disease. The factors that drive long-term disability after injury are poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: The…

Stepped early psychological intervention for posttraumatic stress disorder, other anxiety disorders, and depression following serious injury.

O’Donnell ML; Lau W; Tipping S; Holmes AC; Ellen S; Judson R; Varker T; Elliot P; Bryant RA; Creamer MC; Forbes D. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 25(2):125-33, 2012 Apr. Abstract: The best approach for implementing early psychological intervention for anxiety and depressive disorders after a traumatic event has not been established. This study aimed to…