Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 184–190 | Cite as

Faculty Development for Teaching Faculty in Psychiatry: Where We Are and What We Need

  • Sallie G. De GoliaEmail author
  • Consuelo C. Cagande
  • Mary S. Ahn
  • Lisa M. Cullins
  • Art Walaszek
  • Deborah S. Cowley
In Brief Report



A Faculty Development Task Force surveyed the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training membership to assess faculty development for graduate medical education faculty in psychiatry departments and barriers to seeking graduate medical education careers.


An anonymous Survey Monkey survey was emailed to 722 American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training members. The survey included questions about demographics, the current state of faculty development offerings within the respondent’s psychiatry department and institution, and potential American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training faculty development programming. Two open-response questions targeted unmet faculty development needs and barriers to seeking a career in graduate medical education. Results were analyzed as frequencies and open-ended questions were coded by two independent coders. We limited our analysis to general psychiatry program director responses for questions regarding faculty development activities in an attempt to avoid multiple responses from a single department.


Response rates were 21.0% overall and 30.4% for general program directors. General program directors reported that the most common existing departmental faculty development activities were educational grand rounds (58.7%), teaching workshops (55.6%), and funding for external conference attendance (52.4%). Of all survey respondents, 48.1% expressed the need for more protected time, 37.5% teaching skills workshops, and 16.3% mentorship. Lack of funding (56.9%) and time (53.9%) as well as excessive clinical demands (28.4%) were identified as the main barriers to seeking a career in graduate medical education.


Despite increasing faculty development efforts in psychiatry departments and institutions, real and significant unmet faculty development needs remain. Protected time remains a significant unmet need of teaching faculty which requires careful attention by departmental leadership.


Faculty development Academic careers Teaching methods Career development 



We would like to thank the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Programs (AADPRT) for creating the Faculty Development Taskforce to assess the status of faculty development programs available to GME faculty within the USA.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) of University of Washington was consulted and stated that publication of collected survey data did not require IRB review.


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


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sallie G. De Golia
    • 1
    Email author
  • Consuelo C. Cagande
    • 2
  • Mary S. Ahn
    • 3
  • Lisa M. Cullins
    • 4
  • Art Walaszek
    • 5
  • Deborah S. Cowley
    • 6
  1. 1.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Cooper Medical School of Rowan UniversityCamdenUSA
  3. 3.University of MassachusettsWorcesterUSA
  4. 4.Children’s National Medical CenterWashingtonUSA
  5. 5.University of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  6. 6.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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