Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 116–121

A Survey of American Psychiatric Residency Programs Concerning Education in Homelessness

  • Hunter L. McQuistion
  • Jules M. Ranz
  • Paulette Marie Gillig
Original Article


Objectives: This study aims to document how psychiatric residencies address homelessness and mental illness, to discover training barriers, and to identify educational recommendations. Methods: The authors mailed a survey to 178 American psychiatric residency programs, requesting information about didactic and clinical offerings in homelessness. Programs without offerings were asked to provide reasons why. Results: Of 106 responses, 60% had educational offerings. Concerning clinical experiences, most had fewer than 20% of residents rotating, and only 11% had mandatory rotations. Programs without offerings usually noted that training in this area was a low priority, and this was most frequently linked with perceived low community homelessness prevalence. Conclusion: Psychiatric residency programs have addressed education in mental illness and homelessness in various ways. That there were few residents in clinical rotations suggests a need to explore causes, including funding problems, and whether there is sufficient academic community psychiatry faculty. The findings also evoke the need for a model curriculum that enables clinical competency in this public health problem.


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© Academic Psychiatry 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hunter L. McQuistion
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jules M. Ranz
    • 4
    • 5
  • Paulette Marie Gillig
    • 6
    • 7
  1. 1.Mount Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.New York State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Division of Mental HygieneThe City of New York Department of Health and Mental HygieneNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.New York State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.College of Physicians and SurgeonsColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  6. 6.Division of Rural PsychiatryWright State UniversityDaytonUSA
  7. 7.Mental Health, Drug, and Alcohol Services Board for Logan County and Champaign County in OhioAkronUSA

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