With the emergence of physician-manager (PM) curricula in medical education, more effective assessment tools are needed to evaluate psychiatry trainees in this role. The aim of this study was to determine psychiatry residents’, program directors’, and PM educators’ perceptions about PM role-assessment.
Psychiatry residents at two Canadian programs were given a survey on PM assessment and the use of portfolios to assess PM competency. Qualitative interviews of Canadian psychiatry educators and program directors were used to determine faculty perceptions on PM assessment. Authors analyzed survey data with descriptive statistics, and qualitative interviews were analyzed using a grounded theory approach.
Nearly 55% of psychiatry residents responded to the survey; 47% of residents did not want to change the way they were assessed by the PM role. Residents identified an array of assessment methods for each of the specific PM domains. Educator interview themes included supervisor and resident barriers to assessment, the need for new PM assessment approaches integrating multiple assessment methods, and a role for the use of portfolios if sufficient infrastructure was available.
The data supported a preference for a multimodal approach to assessment of the PM role. Future research should examine the implementation of the proposed PM assessment tool.