Psychiatric education in the correctional setting: challenges and opportunities

Brian J. Holoyda, Charles L Scott

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As the need for mental healthcare services within correctional settings in the US increases, so does the need for a mental health workforce that is motivated to work within such systems. One potentially effective method by which to increase the number of psychiatrists working in jails, prisons, and parole clinics is to provide exposure to these environments during their training. Correctional settings can serve as unique training sites for medical students and psychiatric residents and fellows. Such training experiences can provide a host of benefits to both trainees and staff within the correctional mental health system. Alongside many potential benefits exist substantial potential barriers to coordinating correctional training experiences, including both programme directors’ and residents’ concerns regarding safety and enjoyment and negative perceptions of inmate and prisoner patients. The establishment of academic affiliations with correctional institutions and didactic instruction on commonly encountered clinical issues with inmate populations may be methods of diffusing these concerns. Improving residents’ and fellows’ training experiences offers a hope for increasing the attractiveness of a career in correctional psychiatry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-20
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Review of Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017


  • Correctional psychiatry
  • jail
  • medical education
  • prison
  • psychiatric training
  • resident education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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