As residents in a program with an interim chairman and with changes to our residency leadership structure, the authors found the discussions regarding succession-planning and the role of interim chairmen to be particularly informative. The article by Magen et al., "Funding the Educational Mission: Challenges to Departments of Psychiatry" has really helped to broaden our understanding of both the financial challenges and wide-ranging mission that an academic department of psychiatry faces. We believe that having better-informed residents, who are aware of these challenges, but also watchful for opportunities, may allow more constructive and fruitful resident involvement in departmental roles such as education and research. Certainly the authors feel better educated to participate in discussions within the program, such as our monthly residency-education committee meeting. The authors encourage residency programs and departments to keep residents informed and to be active participants in departmental roles.