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Original Contributions
July 6, 1964

Residency Training in Psychiatry for Physician Mothers

Author Affiliations

New York

Dr. Harold Kaplan is chief of psychiatric education and associate professor of psychiatry. Dr. Helen Kaplan is associate in psychiatry, and Dr. Freedman is chairman and professor of the Department of Psychiatry, New York Medical College-Metropolitan Hospital Center.

JAMA. 1964;189(1):11-14. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070010017003

The modifications made in the psychiatric residency of mother-physicians at New York Medical College have had two major aims: (1) to increase the number of women physicians entering graduate training in psychiatry, and (2) to enhance the functioning of these residents by minimizing conflicts between the role of mother and the role of resident. In order to accomplish these aims, (1) the traditional three-year residency has been spread over four nine-month periods; (2) supplementary educational programs have been added where necessary; and (3) the cooperation and understanding of male residents have been enlisted. Evaluation of the program to date indicates that it has successfully accomplished its aim and suggests its potential applicability to other areas of graduate medical education.