Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 221–225

Teaching Residents and Program Directors About Physician Impairment

  • Karen E. Broquet
  • Paul H. Rockey
Original Article

DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.28.3.221

Cite this article as:
Broquet, K.E. & Rockey, P.H. Acad Psychiatry (2004) 28: 221. doi:10.1176/appi.ap.28.3.221


Objective: Residents are at a higher risk than the general population for the development of stress-related problems, depression, or suicide. The authors describe a curriculum for educating PGY-1s and residency program directors about physician impairment. Methods: A resident wellness program was established with the goals of preventing resident suicide, encouraging acceptance of treatment where appropriate, preventing self-prescribing, and aiding in stress management. Results: The curriculum was rated highly by residents in the areas of program content and usefulness. Conclusions: Residents are receptive to education on physician impairment. Institutional support is necessary for effectively addressing these concerns with trainees.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen E. Broquet
    • 1
  • Paul H. Rockey
    • 2
  1. 1.Office of Residency AffairsSouthern Illinois University School of MedicineSpringfieldUSA
  2. 2.Division of Medical Education Liaison and OutreachAmerican Medical AssociationChicagoUSA