Reproductive Psychiatry Residency Training: A Survey of Psychiatric Residency Program Directors

Lauren Osborne, Joanna V. MacLean, Erin Murphy Barzilay, Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Laura Miller, Sarah Nagle Yang

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Objective: The reproductive life cycle has unique influences on the phenotypic expression of mental illness in women. Didactic and clinical training focused on these sex-specific influences should be a vital component of the education of future psychiatrists. The authors sought to determine the current state of and attitudes toward reproductive psychiatry in resident education. Methods: The authors administered a web-based survey to psychiatry residency training directors. They assessed the availability of both mandated and optional didactic and clinical training experiences in reproductive psychiatry. Results: Fifty residency program directors answered the survey, for a response rate of 28%. More than half of residency program directors (59%) reported requiring some training in reproductive psychiatry. Both the breadth and depth of topics covered varied greatly among programs. Lack of time (48%) and lack of qualified faculty (26%) were the most frequently cited barriers to more training. Only 40% of residency directors surveyed agreed that all residents should be competent in reproductive psychiatry. Conclusions: These findings suggest that specific training in reproductive psychiatry is inconsistent in US residency programs, and that training that does exist varies considerably in clinical time and content. Given that women comprise more than 50% of all psychiatric patients and most women will menstruate, give birth, and undergo menopause, future psychiatrists would benefit from more systematic instruction in this area. The authors propose the development of a national, standardized reproductive psychiatry curriculum to address this gap and aid in producing psychiatrists competent to treat women at all stages of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-201
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • Curriculum
  • Reproductive psychiatry
  • Residency education
  • Women’s mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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