THE FUTURE practice, philosophy, and style of a psychiatrist is probably influenced by his residency experience more than by any other aspect of his training. The conflicts between a resident's expectation of his instructors and his institution and the actual realities he experiences constitute a major adjustment problem during this formative period. They also allow for a considerable amount of growth and creativity. This paper describes some of the problems and attempted resolutions which the author is experiencing during his residency.
The physician who enters into a psychiatric residency has little information available to him concerning the personal price he will pay for his training. Becoming a psychiatrist is more than a learning experience; it is an emotional one. Unfortunately, the literature on training in psychiatry focuses mainly on statistics, descriptions of verbal activity, body movements, voice inflections, psychological test scores, and re