The author discusses the lack of organized faculty attempts to
facilitate psychiatric residents' transition to professional practice.
Interviewed residents suggested that faculty discontinue their "benign
neglect" of the transition and provide information and discussion regarding
the realities of different types of practice. He describes the six-session
seminar he developed at Massachusetts General Hospital, which focuses on
the process of transition from residency to practice, emphasizes the role
of faculty as decision facilitators, and explores the costs and benefits of
different types of psychiatric practice.