Teaching "global mental health": psychiatry residency directors' attitudes and practices regarding international opportunities for psychiatry residents

Acad Psychiatry. 2011 Nov 1;35(6):400-3. doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.35.6.400.


Objective: The authors surveyed Psychiatry Residency Training Directors' (RTDs') attitudes about the role and feasibility of international rotations during residency training.

Method: A 21-question survey was electronically distributed that explored RTDs' beliefs about the value, use, and availability of international clinical and research experiences during residency.

Results: Of 171 RTDs, 59 (34.5%) completed the survey; 83% of respondents rated the importance of global mental health education as 3-or-above on a scale of 1 (least important) to 5 (most important), but only 42% indicated that such opportunities were made available. The value of such opportunities was thought to lie primarily in professional development and cultural exposure, less so for enhancing core knowledge competencies. Obstacles to such opportunities included lack of accreditation, financial resources, and faculty/administrative support and supervision.

Conclusion: RTD respondents endorsed the value of international experiences during residency, but their availability and educational impact are not fully supported.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Data Collection
  • Financial Support
  • Humans
  • International Educational Exchange* / economics
  • Internationality*
  • Internet
  • Internship and Residency* / economics
  • Physician Executives*
  • Psychiatry / education*
  • Salaries and Fringe Benefits
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States