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Megan Maroney, PharmD, BCPP
Erika Tillery, PharmD, BCPP, CGP
June Griffith, PharmD, BCPP, CGP
Michelle Blair, PharmD
Megan Flinchum, PharmD, BCPS
Amber Riesselman, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP
Ericka Crouse, PharmD, BCPP, CGP, FASHP
Robert Haight, PharmD, BCPP

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For the 2015 Residency Program Director Survey, 71 distinct Residency Program Directors (RPDs) were contacted and 54 responded (76% response rate). From the results of the survey, the current types of programs include:

  • PGY-1 with emphasis in psychiatry: 19 positions, reflecting an increase by 1 position since 2014
  • PGY-2: 59 positions, reflecting a decrease of 3 positions since the 2014 survey results 
  • One addiction fellowship position was reported, however no MS or PhD programs were reported
  • Other: 3 positions

Question 8 inquired about ASHP accreditation status which is depicted in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Plans for ASHP Accreditation

Of the RPDs that responded, 70.4% intend to remain ASHP-accredited programs while 27.8% plan to become an ASHP-accredited program. One program plans to maintain non-accredited status. The majority of programs offered a mixture of inpatient and outpatient settings (59.3%), followed by primarily inpatient programs (31.5%). Four programs (7.4%) offered primarily an outpatient program. One program offered opportunities in integrated care and an alcohol and drug treatment program with a combination of inpatient and outpatient settings.

For the 2015-2016 residency year, 81.5% of respondents filled all of their residency slots.

ASHP’s pre-commitment process to accept a PGY-1 resident into the PGY-2 program was utilized in 19 programs (35.2%); 65% did not use the pre-commitment process. Six programs (12.2%) had unfilled positions converted to another position. Fifteen programs (27.8%) participated in the post-match scramble.  Reasons for not filling a residency position include:

  • Lack of qualified PGY-1 resident applicants for PGY-2 programs
  • Did not match

The majority of residents (98.6%) were able to obtain positions after completing their residency program. Only one respondent reported that their resident was still looking for a position at the time of survey completion. The majority (55.4%) of residents obtained Psychiatric or Neurologic Clinical Specialist positions (Figure 2). Over half of these positions are in VA Hospitals, which is consistent with previous years, although the overall percentage increased from 40.6% last year to 58% this year (Figure 3).

Figure 2. Positions Obtained After Residency

Figure 3. Practice Settings of Positions Obtained After Residency

When asked about the hiring of applicants for clinical practice or clinical faculty positions in psychiatry/neurology the most desirable attributes included: completion of a PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency and obtaining the BCPP credential (Figure 4).

Figure 4. Qualifications Sought When Hiring for Clinical Practice or Clinical Faculty Positions

More than half of the residencies (55.6%) currently obtain funding from the VA Health System, while 33.3% and 20.4% obtain funding from hospitals or colleges of pharmacy, respectively. Only one program (1.9%) anticipates additional funding that would allow them to expand the number of residency positions that they offer. Some program directors reported multiple sources of funding (Figure 5).

Figure 5. Residency Program Funding Source

*Note: some RPDs reported multiple sources of funding

The CPNP Resident and New Practitioner Committee appreciates the Residency Program Directors who completed this survey which allows for continuation in providing meaningful data to the membership regarding psychiatric residency training.

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