The Institute of Medicine's report on Research Training in Psychiatry Residency: Strategies for Reform--background, results, and follow up

Acad Psychiatry. 2004 Winter;28(4):267-74. doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.28.4.267.


Objective: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) determined that declines in the psychiatrist-researcher workforce are harming public needs and that significant steps are necessary to alter current trends.

Method: The NIMH commissioned the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to examine the undersupply and recommend solutions. The NIMH subsequently appointed a National Psychiatry Training Council (NPTC) to facilitate implementation of the IOM's recommendations.

Results: The IOM recommendations and preliminary NPTC actions to address them are described.

Conclusions: Increasing the psychiatrist-researcher workforce will require interventions involving many institutions. The NPTC's efforts may offer practical solutions for approaching complex and admittedly challenging difficulties.

Publication types

  • Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Education*
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Psychiatry / education*
  • Public Policy
  • Research / education*
  • Teaching / methods*
  • United States