A Day in the Life of a Psychiatry Resident: A pilot qualitative analysis

Donald M. Hilty, Sonya M. Maynes, Maria Kellner, Marilyn S. Clark, James A. Bourgeois, Mark E Servis

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Objective: The topic "A Day in the Life of a Psychiatry Resident" is an opportunity to explore residents' experiences to inform the delivery of education. Methods: An open-ended, qualitative approach was used in a pilot project to explore contemporary residents' experiences with education, similar to a patient-centered model of health care. Results: Key themes for residents include balancing multiple roles at work, balancing work and home, identity formation, diversity (gender, ethnic, cultural, learner styles, and other dimensions), and challenges in training with advances in the field (e.g., neuroscience, technology, culture, spirituality). Contemporary residents have some issues as did their predecessor's, but they also have unique experiences, issues, talents, and interests. Conclusions: A larger qualitative analysis of these issues, followed by testing of theories by quantitative methods, is indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-407
Number of pages3
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Education


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