Faculty Development for Teaching Faculty in Psychiatry: Where We Are and What We Need
Department of Psychiatry
Health and Medical Administration | Medical Education | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology
OBJECTIVE: A Faculty Development Task Force surveyed the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training membership to assess faculty development for graduate medical education faculty in psychiatry departments and barriers to seeking graduate medical education careers.
METHODS: An anonymous Survey Monkey survey was emailed to 722 American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training members. The survey included questions about demographics, the current state of faculty development offerings within the respondent's psychiatry department and institution, and potential American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training faculty development programming. Two open-response questions targeted unmet faculty development needs and barriers to seeking a career in graduate medical education. Results were analyzed as frequencies and open-ended questions were coded by two independent coders. We limited our analysis to general psychiatry program director responses for questions regarding faculty development activities in an attempt to avoid multiple responses from a single department.
RESULTS: Response rates were 21.0% overall and 30.4% for general program directors. General program directors reported that the most common existing departmental faculty development activities were educational grand rounds (58.7%), teaching workshops (55.6%), and funding for external conference attendance (52.4%). Of all survey respondents, 48.1% expressed the need for more protected time, 37.5% teaching skills workshops, and 16.3% mentorship. Lack of funding (56.9%) and time (53.9%) as well as excessive clinical demands (28.4%) were identified as the main barriers to seeking a career in graduate medical education.
CONCLUSIONS: Despite increasing faculty development efforts in psychiatry departments and institutions, real and significant unmet faculty development needs remain. Protected time remains a significant unmet need of teaching faculty which requires careful attention by departmental leadership.
Academic careers, Career development, Faculty development, Teaching methods
DOI of Published Version
Acad Psychiatry. 2019 Apr;43(2):184-190. doi: 10.1007/s40596-018-0916-4. Epub 2018 Apr 6. Link to article on publisher's site
Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry
De Golia SG, Cagande CC, Ahn MS, Cullins LM, Walaszek A, Cowley DS. (2019). Faculty Development for Teaching Faculty in Psychiatry: Where We Are and What We Need. Psychiatry Publications and Presentations. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40596-018-0916-4. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/psych_pp/837