Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 88, Issue 2, pp 271–283 | Cite as

Training Residents in the Use of Telepsychiatry: Review of the Literature and a Proposed Elective

  • Sy Atezaz SaeedEmail author
  • Toni L. Johnson
  • Mandeep Bagga
  • Oliver Glass
Review Article


Many regions in the United States are deficient in mental health services, especially those in rural areas. As a result of these deficiencies, many patients in need of psychiatric services are often left untreated. Although it is clear that telepsychiatry has great potential in improving patient access to mental health care in areas where psychiatric services are deficient, the lack of familiarity with the technology and inadequate training are current barriers to expanding the use of telepsychiatry. A review of telepsychiatry, its clinical applications, and evidence-based literature regarding competencies in graduate medical education related to telepsychiatry are provided. An approach to implementing telepsychiatry into a curriculum is suggested. We also propose an elective clinical experience with resources for didactics or independent study that will enable residents to develop a knowledge base and competence in the practice of telepsychiatry.


Telepsychiatry Telehealth Telemedicine Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Health information technology (HIT) Videoconferencing 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sy Atezaz Saeed
    • 1
    Email author
  • Toni L. Johnson
    • 2
  • Mandeep Bagga
    • 3
  • Oliver Glass
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral MedicineBrody School of Medicine at East Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral MedicinePsychiatric Outpatient ClinicGreenvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral MedicineBrody School of Medicine at East Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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