From industry to generativity: The first 12 years of the association for academic psychiatry master educator program

Sean M. Blitzstein, Andreea L. Seritan, Sanjeev Sockalingam, Melinda Randall, Anita Kablinger, Susan Lieff, Amin Azzam

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Objective: This study presents a mixed-methods evaluation of the first 12 years of the Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP) Master Educator (ME) program, developed in 2003 to help academic psychiatrists hone their skills as educators. Participants attend two 3-h workshops at the annual meeting, organized in 3-year cycles, for a total of 18 h. Core topics include assessment, curriculum design, and program evaluation. Methods: Overall session rating scores from 2003 to 2014 were analyzed using descriptive statistics. A 20-question survey was sent to 58 program graduates in October 2014, exploring participant perspectives on the impact of the ME program on their careers and on the educational programs they were affiliated with. Survey responses were analyzed quantitatively (for multiple choice questions) and qualitatively (for open-ended questions). Results: The mean overall session scores ranged between 4.1 and 4.9 (on a Likert-type scale of 1-5) for each 3-year cycle. Twenty-nine graduates completed the survey (50 % response rate). Survey responses indicated a positive perception of the impact of the ME program on participants' careers. Most respondents noted improvement in their teaching methods and curriculum development skills and being able to link educational theory with their individual practices. There was a significant increase in perceived confidence, leadership, and further contributions to their educational milieu. Fifteen (52 %) participants also reported generative behaviors that directly impacted others, such as developing new programs, enhancing existing programs at their institutions, or contributing to national educational efforts. Conclusion: The AAP ME program has demonstrated significant benefit over its 12 years of existence. This program represents one strategy to sustain and grow an international community of like-minded educators working to develop their own and future generations' skills in providing high-quality education in psychiatry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)576-583
Number of pages8
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016


  • Faculty development
  • Master educators
  • Mixed methods
  • Program evaluation
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Teaching scholars

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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