April 1976

The Development of Criteria for Evaluating Psychiatric Education Programs

Author Affiliations

From the Psychiatry Education Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, Rockville, Md.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1976;33(4):439-442. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1976.01770040019005

• During the last year, the Psychiatry Education Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health undertook an exhaustive review of 530 training proposals from 205 institutions. The scope of such an endeavor, as well as the desire to maintain peer review, necessitated the recruitment of 90 outside consultants. The need for consistency of judgment among a large group of site visitors gave rise to a document that detailed points of concern in the evaluation of psychiatric training programs. Broader dissemination of this document might be useful in a program's self-evaluation, and might further its understanding of the sitevisit process. The result of many such evaluations should be the improvement of psychiatric education throughout the country.