Psychiatry residents' perception of public/community psychiatry fellowship training

Michael Weinberg, Stephanie Lemelle, Jules Ranz

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In order to improve recruitment into public/community psychiatry fellowships, a survey was administered to understand psychiatry residents' perception of benefits and obstacles to fellowship training. Using standard statistical methods, the responses of those residents who indicated interest in public/community psychiatry training were compared to those who were not. Residents who were interested in public/community psychiatry fellowships were earlier in their training. These same residents gave higher endorsements to items related to quality, location and flexibility of training program, recommendation of colleagues, opportunities for health policy training and networking as compared to residents who were not interested in pursuing a public/community. Those results attained statistical significance while philosophical approaches including emphasis on recovery and tailoring specific training experiences approached significance. Psychiatric residents appear to start residency training with some interest in public/community psychiatry and this interest can be nurtured if public/community psychiatry is emphasized during training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-9
Number of pages4
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Public psychiatry
  • Residency and fellowship
  • Workforce development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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