A Call to Restructure Psychiatry General and Subspecialty Training

Paul Kirwin, Michelle Conroy, Constantine Lyketsos, Blaine Greenwald, Brent Forester, Christine Devries, Iqbal Ike Ahmed, Ilse Wiechers, Kristina Zdanys, David Steffens, Charles F. Reynolds

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Dire shortages of psychiatrists with special expertise in geriatrics, substance abuse, forensics, and psychosomatics create barriers to care for populations with complex mental disorders and pose a significant public health concern. To address these disparities in access to care, we propose streamlining graduate medical education to increase efficiency and enhance cost-effectiveness while simultaneously increasing the number of psychiatric subspecialists in these key areas. We propose that trainees interested in subspecialties complete their general training in 3 years, while meeting ACGME required milestones, and then utilize their 4th year to complete subspecialty fellowship training. Eligible trainees would then qualify for psychiatry subspecialty certification and general psychiatry ABPN certification at the end of 4 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-148
Number of pages4
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


  • ABPN
  • Fellowship training
  • Residency education
  • Subspecialty training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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