The transition from residency to the active practice of psychiatry is a
difficult, complex, and relatively unexplored one for both men and women.
Women who have faced this transition have only recently begun to share
experiences, problems, fantasies, and special knowledge. The authors
illustrate career choices for women that have aspects which are different
from those male residents must consider and which create transitional
problems. They suggest two possible strategies to those who supervise women
professionals during this transition. The first is an active counseling
program at the end of residency training, adequately staffed by
professional men and women. The second strategy for a new psychiatrist
would be to participate in a continuing women's group.