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Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 131–134 | Cite as

Preparing Psychiatric Residents for the “Real World”: A Practice Management Curriculum

  • Christina L. Wichman
  • Pamela J. Netzel
  • Ronald Menaker
Brief Report

Abstract

Objective

The authors describe a course designed for residents to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to collaborate and successfully compete in today’s complex health care environment and to achieve competency in systems-based practice.

Methods

Postgraduation surveys demonstrated a need for improvement in preparing residents for practice management issues. The authors outline a 32-week practice management curriculum for postgraduate-year 3 (PGY 3) psychiatric residents.

Results

The course was rated highly by residents in terms of topics covered, faculty involvement, and overall expectations. The project assignments completed by the residents were effective in creating objective change in the resident outpatient practice.

Conclusion

Practice management is an essential part of residency training and can be successfully integrated into the residents’ clinical practice experience. Future steps include assessment of the graduates at 1 and 5 years postgraduation to evaluate the long-term efficacy of the course.

Keywords

Academic Psychiatry Psychiatric Resident Internal Medicine Residency Program Outpatient Practice Primary Care Internal Medicine 
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Copyright information

© Academic Psychiatry 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christina L. Wichman
    • 1
  • Pamela J. Netzel
    • 1
  • Ronald Menaker
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and PsychologyMayo ClinicRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of CardiologyMayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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