Characteristics of Combined Family Practice-Psychiatry Residency Programs

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Washington, Washington, D.C., United States
Academic Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 0.81). 12/2005; 29(5):419-25. DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.29.5.419
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To evaluate how family practice-psychiatry residency programs meet the challenges of rigorous accreditation demands, clinical supervision, and boundaries of practice.
A 54-question survey of program directors of family practice-psychiatry residency programs outlining program demographic data, curricula, coordination, resident characteristics, integration, and overall satisfaction was mailed to 11 combined family practice psychiatry-residency programs.
Programs surveyed were meeting residency review committee (RRC) requirements, and a majority of the program directors believe that the training is as good as or better than categorical programs, and categorical residents benefited from training alongside combined residents.
Training programs are growing in size and producing quality physicians.

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