Teaching residents practice-management knowledge and skills: an in vivo experience

Acad Psychiatry. 2009 Mar-Apr;33(2):135-8. doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.33.2.135.


Objective: This article explores the relevant data regarding teaching psychiatric residents practice management knowledge and skills. This article also introduces a unique program for teaching practice management to residents.

Methods: A literature search was conducted through PubMed and Academic Psychiatry. Additionally residents involved in the training program for practice management were given an anonymous survey to complete.

Results: There were no randomized, controlled trials in the academic psychiatric field concerning the topic of practice management. The responses to the resident survey (n=10) indicated a modest improvement in residents' perception of receiving adequate training and exposure to practice management knowledge and skills.

Conclusions: The available research suggests that many residents and faculty believe that practice management knowledge and skills are still not adequately addressed. The Baylor Clinic practice management program may be one possible solution for integrating the teaching of practice management knowledge and skills. More research on this topic is needed.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Commerce
  • Curriculum
  • Data Collection
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Practice Management, Medical*
  • Private Practice
  • Psychiatry / education*