Psychiatr Q (2006) 77:293–305
A Survey of Psychiatry Residency Programs:
Association Between Program Characteristics
and Success in the 2003 NRMP
Saundra L. Stock, M.D. · Glenn Catalano, M.D. ·
Jonathan D. Dreier, M.D. · Meghan M. Ross, M.D. ·
Maria C. Catalano, D.O.
Published online: 22 August 2006
Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006
Abstract While the number of medical students entering psychiatry has increased since
the 1990’s, little has been written about the program characteristics that draw students to
speciﬁc psychiatry residency programs. We developed a survey regarding residency program
characteristics and distributed it to the chief residents of each psychiatry residency program
in the USA. Survey results were tabulated, and the presence of speciﬁc characteristics
were correlated to the 2003 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) results. We
found that the presence of a substance abuse, geriatric psychiatry or a child and adolescent
psychiatry fellowship were all associated with increased NRMP success. Programs with
regular resident meetings had signiﬁcantly higher success in the NRMP than those programs
without meetings. Programs that had six or more PGY-I positions available in the NRMP
revealed a trend towards higher NRMP success than smaller programs. Finally, in some
cases, higher intern salaries were associated with higher NRMP success.
National residency matching program (NRMP)
Since the mid-1970s there has been concern over the number of American medical students
choosing to pursue a career in psychiatry. Prior to 1970, at least 10% of American medical
school graduates pursued a psychiatry career . This percentage had dropped to less than
S. L. Stock, M.D. (
) · G. Catalano, M.D. · M. M. Ross, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, University of South Florida College of Medicine,
3515 East Fletcher Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33613, USA
J. D. Dreier, M.D.
Department of Anesthesiology, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida, USA
M. C. Catalano, D.O.
Psychiatry Service, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa, Florida, USA