Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 199–205 | Cite as

Are We Teaching Psychiatrists to Be Ethical?

  • John H. Coverdale
  • Timothy Bayer
  • Patricia Isbell
  • Steven Moffic


The authors conducted a nationwide survey of ethics education during psychiatry residency. Of the 136 program directors and 95 chief residents responding, nearly all agreed that ethics should be a part of the core curriculum. Program directors reported that most programs (60%) did offer a formal seminar series or course. However, 26 programs (19%) had no planned discussion of ethics in any seminar and fewer than 30% of all programs held seminars on the issues considered most worthy of formal attention, including psychiatrist-patient sexual contact, confidentiality, and forced treatment. The discrepancy between what program directors and chief residents believe should be taught and what is actually being taught indicates a need to focus attention on the teaching of psychiatric ethics.


Program Director Core Curriculum Journal Club Chief Resident Grand Round 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John H. Coverdale
    • 1
    • 2
  • Timothy Bayer
    • 3
  • Patricia Isbell
    • 4
    • 5
  • Steven Moffic
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral ScienceUniversity of Auckland, School of MedicineAucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesBaylor College of MedicineUSA
  4. 4.VA Medical CenterUSA
  5. 5.University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA
  6. 6.Department of PsychiatryMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA

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