Trainees Online (TrOn) is an online learning resource developed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to support trainee psychiatrists in their preparation for the MRCPsych exams. Modules are being developed to cover the Basic Sciences on the MRCPsych syllabus and there are plans to commission further modules on the clinical topics in the syllabus. TrOn is currently free for all members of the College to access using the same login details as for the Members Area of the main College website.
If you are a supervisor/trainer you can use TrOn as a high quality learning resouce to share with your trainees. All module content is aligned with knowledge that trainees are required to develop for the MRCPsych exams.
If you are interested in reviewing a module for Trainees Online more information is available. Please visit the Modules in progress and coming next page on TrOn to see which modules are currently scheduled to appear on the website.
by Dr Emma Louise Wall and reviewed by Emma Hayiou-Thomas
The process by which the smiles and gurgles of an infant develop to form the rich language of adulthood has long been the subject of research and debate, and various theories have been proposed to provide an explanation for the development of language.
Language development requires the appropriate use of signs and symbols that follow grammatical rules and can be combined to produce novel expressions. Whilst the sequence of language development broadly follows the same pattern in different cultures, various influences can affect or alter the process.
In this module you will learn about the normal sequence of childhood language development and the different theoretical frameworks that have been proposed to explain how language is acquired. We will also consider different environmental and biological factors that can influence normal language development. In the final section, we will define and look at the different components of communicative competence.
by Dr Katharine McMillan and Dr Kimberley Kendall, reviewed by Dr Alistair Cardno and Dr Ben Underwood
This module covers the basic genetics syllabus required for the MRCPsych.
Initially we will focus on the basic concepts of how normal cells replicate their DNA, divide into daughter cells and synthesise the proteins required for their functioning.
We will then look at what happens when the genetic basis for these processes is damaged and how these molecular changes lead to observable changes in an organism. This links to the traditional genetic techniques used to identify and quantify genetic changes that are associated with human disease.
by Aaron McMeekin and reviewed by Pranveer Singh
In this module we will examine the role of social factors in relation to mental health issues.
We will explore how society and social psychiatry has contributed towards, developed and disputed major mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, depression and substance misuse.
As psychiatrists, one of the main models we adhere to is a bio-psycho-social approach and it is therefore important to ensure that social aspects are adequately explored and covered.
by Dr Kimberley Kendall, reviewed by Dr Nicolas Bass and Professor Michael O'Donovan
All of the major psychiatric disorders have an aetiology that is, at least partly, genetic. Establishing the molecular genetics underlying psychiatric disorders not only has the potential to provide better information for genetic counselling but also to illuminate the biological mechanisms underlying disorders, with the eventual aim of identifying better treatments.
The increasing awareness of the role of genetics both in psychiatric research and clinical practice means that it is vital for psychiatrists to have an understanding of the genetics involved.
This module covers the medical genetics services available in the UK, the genetic basis of psychiatric disorders, phenotypes and environmental factors.