Residents' Perceived Physician-Manager Educational Needs: A National Survey of Psychiatry Residents

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Sanjeev Sockalingam; Vicky Stergiopoulos; Julie M
				
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Description: To determine Canadian psychiatry residents' perceived gaps in physician-manager competencies during their residency training. Residents at 16 Canadian psychiatry residency programs were mailed an 1 1-item questionnaire (a copy is available from the authors) assessing their perceived deficiencies in selected managerial knowledge (GS^sub k^) and skill (GS^sub s^) areas as determined by gap scores (GS). GSs are defined as the difference between residents' perceived current and desired level of knowledge or skill in selected physician-manager domains. Residents' educational preferences were also elicited in the questionnaire. Among the 494 psychiatry residents who were sent the survey, 237 residents (48%) responded. Residents reported the greatest GS^sub k^ in Program Planning and the greatest GS^sub s^ in Personal and Professional Self-Care. Predictors of greater total GS^sub k^s included a lack of previous administrative education during medical school, higher training level, and female sex. Only sex was a significant predictor of total GS^sub s^s. More than 50% of residents preferred workshops, small groups, mentoring, and didactic learning methods for furthering their knowledge and skills. Residents report significant gaps in specific physician-manager training areas, specifically Program Planning, and Personal and Professional Self-Care. The results of this national survey can inform the development of formal physician-manager curricula. To appeal to residents, such curricula should incorporate more interactive pedagogical methods combined with mentoring opportunities.
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