The authors surveyed 200 physicians completing their psychiatric
residencies on the importance and achievement of 124 core training
objectives. One hundred thirty (65%) of the residents and all 23 of the
training directors of the programs selected responded. As a group,
residents viewed a substantial number of the objectives as less important,
and less well accomplished, than did their training directors. The
discordantly rated objectives fell in several basic areas of psychiatric
competence, such as the management of schizophrenia and drug side effects.
Certain objectives were rated at a lower level of accomplishment by
residents from smaller programs. Possible factors accounting for these
differences are briefly considered.