The authors surveyed 356 family medicine residency training directors to determine the role of psychiatrists in family medicine training. Two hundred five responses were received, covering the training experiences of 3696 residents. Psychiatrists were actively involved in the training programs, but their role was circumscribed to areas of traditional, demonstrated expertise. Most of the program directors rated psychiatrists as highly useful. Programs rating psychiatrists highly useful differed from low usefulness raters only in having both general psychiatry and consultation-liaison rotations available. This lends support to the hypothesis that consultation-liaison activities provide the most useful method of integrating psychiatrists into family medicine training programs.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health