Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


University-based psychiatry residency programs encourage the pursuit of academic careers, both on admission, by favoring applicants with evidence of a commitment to investigation, and after residency training, by selecting as faculty residents who have demonstrated academic and research productivity. While attempting to achieve multiple goals, some residents may be discouraged to pursue an academic career as a result of marked conflict between the clinical and academic components of training. The substantial differences in priorities among psychiatry residents ought to be explored early in residency training by devoting seminars to career planning and by facilitating the pursuit of academic activities under a preceptorship program. Furthermore, the option for research track residency programs should be available to those with a strong commitment to academic psychiatry.

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