The quality of psychiatric residency: The assessment of programs and options for distributing psychiatric residents in the service of health care reform

Joel Yager, Nathan Smith, Deborah Spitz, James W. Thompson, Arnold Andersen, Tina Lee, S. K. Park, Richard L. Elliott, David Greenfeld, Nalini V. Juthani, Eugene H. Rubin, W. Douglas Skelton, Bryce Templeton, Gordon D. Strauss, Brent Coyle, Vivien Burt, Steven K. Dobscha, Steven Kramer, John Kuldau, Joan LangBruce Levy

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Abstract

Recent health care reform initiatives proposed training fewer medical specialists, including psychiatrists, and determining the size and location of training programs via centralized regulatory mechanisms. Facing such potential future developments, the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training appointed a Task Force on the Quality of Residency Programs to develop informed recommendations for the field. This paper describes the Task Force's considerations and recommendations concerning how the least damaging and most effective decisions could be made regarding the distribution of residency positions, program size, and the future funding of training stipends. The recommendations emphasize voluntary decisions, feedback from local and regional stakeholders regarding perceived needs and demands for psychiatrists, and Federal or regional funding of postgraduate training stipends that are not primarily tied to providing clinical services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-70
Number of pages10
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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