Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 233–236 | Cite as

The Development and Implementation of a Patient Continuity Conference in a Psychiatry Residency Program

  • Claire Garber
  • Marianne Bernadino
  • Joshua Tomaskek
  • Katharine J. Nelson
In Brief Report



A resident-led patient continuity case conference was initiated with the goals of improving communication among providers and increasing cohesion among residents.


A monthly case conference focusing on patient continuity of care was held over the course of the academic year. Residents were surveyed for feedback about the role of the conference in both improving their competency in navigating transitions of care and building cohesion among residents.


The conference improved resident knowledge of care transitions and communication during transitions in care in addition to increasing comfort, cohesion, and exchange of knowledge between residents.


Implementing a resident-led patient continuity case conference can improve resident competency during care transitions while improving cohesion among residents.


Continuity Hand-off Collaboration Cohesion Well-being Intra-professional 



The authors wish to acknowledge Susanne Lee, PhD, for her guidance regarding data presentation. We additionally would like to acknowledge the following residents who contributed greatly to the planning and implementation of the conference: Allison Autrey, Travis Fahrenkamp, Kelsey Pautz, Vincent Vallera, and Lora Wichser.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Adherence with Ethical Standards and Considerations

The University of Minnesota IRB determined the project was exempt from IRB approval and does not meet the regulatory definition of human subjects research.


On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

Funding Sources



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Des Moines University College of Osteopathic MedicineDes MoinesUSA

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