Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 36, Issue 5, pp 391–394

Associate Residency Training Directors in Psychiatry: Demographics, Professional Activities, and Job Satisfaction

  • Melissa R. Arbuckle
  • Sallie G. DeGolia
  • Karin Esposito
  • Deborah A. Miller
  • Michael Weinberg
  • Adam M. Brenner
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.11020018

Cite this article as:
Arbuckle, M.R., DeGolia, S.G., Esposito, K. et al. Acad Psychiatry (2012) 36: 391. doi:10.1176/appi.ap.11020018

Abstract

Objective

The purpose of this study was to characterize associate training director (ATD) positions in psychiatry.

Method

An on-line survey was e-mailed in 2009 to all ATDs identified through the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT). Survey questions elicited information regarding demographics, professional activities, job satisfaction, and goals.

Results

Of 170 ATDs surveyed,73 (42.9%) completed the survey. Most respondents (71.3%) had been in their positions for 3 years or less. Many ATDs indicated that they were involved in virtually all aspects of residency training; 75% of respondents agreed that they were happy with their experience. However, specific concerns included inadequate time and compensation for the ATD role in addition to a lack of mentorship and unclear job expectations.

Conclusions

Thoughtful attention to the construction of the ATD role may improve job satisfaction.

Copyright information

© Academic Psychiatry 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa R. Arbuckle
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  • Sallie G. DeGolia
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  • Karin Esposito
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  • Deborah A. Miller
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  • Michael Weinberg
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  • Adam M. Brenner
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Dept. of PsychiatryColumbia UniversityNew York
  2. 2.Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University School of MedicinePalo Alto
  3. 3.New York State Psychiatric InstituteNew York
  4. 4.Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of MiamiMiami
  5. 5.Dept. of PsychiatryFlorida International University Herbert Wertheim College of MedicineMiami
  6. 6.Dept. of PsychiatryUTSouthwestern Medical CenterDallas

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