Evaluating ACGME-accredited addiction psychiatry fellowship online content: A critical analysis of addiction psychiatry fellowship program websites in the US

Subst Abus. 2022;43(1):1346-1352. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2022.2112367.

Abstract

Introduction: There is an extreme shortage of addiction psychiatrists and a lack of representation of addiction psychiatry (ADP) fellows from racial/ethnic minoritized backgrounds. ADP fellowship websites are integral in engaging potential applicants. It is therefore critical to understand the quality of engagement that trainees are having with ADP fellowship websites. The aim of this study was to investigate the accessibility and content of ADP fellowship program websites in the U.S. Methods: A list of ADP Fellowship programs was obtained from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. A critical textual analysis of 42 unique factors within four categories (accessibility, recruitment, education, and health equity) was performed for each ADP fellowship website. Results: Of 51 ADP fellowships, 47 (92.2%) had websites. Information about social media accounts was largely missing from ADP fellowship websites. For recruitment, program description (95.7%) and program director name (76.6%) were most readily available, while interview day (0.00%) and vacation details (10.6%) were least available. For education, a list of rotations (55.3%) and didactics/lectures (40.4%) were most readily available, while post fellowship placement (6.4%), call schedule (4.3%), and responsibility progression (2.1%) were least available. The most prevalent health equity factors were gender-inclusive language (100%) and an absence of stigmatizing addiction language (100%). The least listed were statements of commitment to health equity (0.0%), antiracism training (2.1%), and harm-reduction strategies (4.3%). Conclusions: There are considerable gaps in the amount and types of information provided by ADP fellowship websites. Many existing websites are poorly interfacing with potential leaders in the field. The development of ADP fellowship websites could serve as a low-cost recruitment tool to engage potential addiction specialists. Our findings underscore the need for ADP fellowships to optimize their websites to engage bourgeoning leaders in addiction and optimize access to more comprehensive information.

Keywords: Graduate Medical Education; Substance use; addiction; addiction psychiatry; addiction psychiatry fellowships; fellowships; health equity; recruitment; social media; websites.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation
  • Addiction Medicine*
  • Adenosine Diphosphate
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Internship and Residency*

Substances

  • Adenosine Diphosphate