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Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 98–103 | Cite as

Career Progress in Online and Blended Learning Environments

  • Melissa DeRosier
  • Rebecca Kameny
  • Wendy Holler
  • Naomi Ornstein Davis
  • Emily Maschauer
Original Article

Abstract

Objective

The authors examined the career achievement of early- and mid-career researchers in social, behavioral, and mental health who participated in a career-development conference.

Method

Trainees participated in a career-development conference either through attending a live conference supplemented with an online version of the conference (Combined: N=46) or through the online version of the conference alone (Web-Only: N=60). An objective measure tracked the trainees’ publications, involvement in research projects, honors and grant awards, collaborations, and scientific presentations before and 9 months after participation in the career-development conference.

Results

Statistical analysis showed that trainees improved for each category measured, with no significant differences across the Combined and Web-Only groups. The strongest variable affecting improvement was Time, and the most significant time effect was seen in the production of presentations and publications. A significant Gender difference was present, with women showing greater total career progress than men.

Conclusion

Career-development conferences can support career growth for trainees. Online training provides a cost-effective and time-efficient alternative to in-person methods, while still enhancing key markers of career progress.

Keywords

Academic Psychiatry Blend Learn Acad Psychiatry Online Training Career Progress 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa DeRosier
    • 1
  • Rebecca Kameny
    • 1
  • Wendy Holler
    • 1
  • Naomi Ornstein Davis
    • 1
  • Emily Maschauer
    • 1
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