The authors report data from a survey of chairmen of academic
departments of psychiatry and chiefs of Veterans Administration (VA)
psychiatry services concerning administrative relationships between
academic psychiatry departments and VA psychiatry services and the
education of psychiatry residents in VA settings. The extent and quality of
relationships, the interdependence of academic departments and VA
psychiatry services, factors important for good VA training, and advantages
and disadvantages of using the VA for residency education are documented.
The authors present their conclusions and recommendations for improving the
quality of relationships between academic departments and VA psychiatry
services and for strengthening psychiatric education in the VA setting.