Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 281–289

Does Psychiatry Residency Training Reflect the “Real World” of Psychiatry Practice? A Survey of Residency Graduates

  • Timothy Petersen
  • Maurizio Fava
  • Jonathan E. Alpert
  • Sienna Vorono
  • Kathy M. Sanders
  • David Mischoulon
Original Article

DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.31.4.281

Cite this article as:
Petersen, T., Fava, M., Alpert, J.E. et al. Acad Psychiatry (2007) 31: 281. doi:10.1176/appi.ap.31.4.281

Abstract

Objective

The authors determine whether Massachusetts General Hospital’s residency graduates believed their training reflected their current practice activities.

Method

The authors surveyed 134 graduates from MGH and MGH-McLean residency classes from 1983 to 2003. Subjects ranked their satisfaction with different components of training on a scale of 1 to 6 and listed areas they wanted emphasized during residency.

Results

Sixty-six subjects (49%) returned surveys. Twenty respondents graduated in the 1980s (Cohort 1), 27 in the 1990s (Cohort 2) and 16 in the 2000s (Cohort 3). The most common activities included psychopharmacology, teaching, supervision, research administration psychodynamic therapy and supportive therapy. Least common activities included geriatrics, addiction, and psychoanalysis. Satisfaction with training was high, as was relevance of training.

Conclusions

Our graduates from 1983 to 2003 considered residency good preparation for the world of practice and reported that psychopharmacology should be emphasized during training. Respondents expressed a strong desire for continued training in psychodynamic therapy, despite growing emphasis on short-term therapies and biological treatments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy Petersen
    • 1
  • Maurizio Fava
    • 1
  • Jonathan E. Alpert
    • 1
  • Sienna Vorono
    • 1
  • Kathy M. Sanders
    • 1
  • David Mischoulon
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA