Electronic Theses and Dissertations




Jody G. Long



Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Higher and Adult Education


Higher Education

Committee Chair

Katrina Meyer

Committee Member

David Allen

Committee Member

Beverly Cross

Committee Member

Barbara Mullins-Nelson


This research study was conducted to explore the phenomenon of the third-year experiences of the psychiatry residents. A review of the literature identified themes and subthemes related to the third-year of psychiatry education. The study was conducted at a university health science center. Data were collected from five residents using participant interviews, focus groups, and research observation. The research question was, "What are the important experiences of psychiatry residents and what meaning to they ascribe to these experiences in their acquisition of psychiatry skill?" Qualitative methodology provided a systemic approach for answering the research question through a detailed analysis of the data. This study revealed four themes common to the students in the study. The first theme, Residency Choice was a Momentous Decision, disclosed that the psychiatry residents in this study saw their choice of residency as one of the most important decisions in their lives. The second theme, Observation and Reflection Should be Modeled Prior to Practice, displayed how psychiatry residents preferred observation and reflection of the psychiatric skills taught. The third theme, The Value of the Third Year was the Shift to Psychotherapy Training, revealed that the residents did not see prescribing medications as their sole training objective. The fourth theme, competency was Overcoming Class Discord to Acquire Their Psychiatric Skills, showed that residents were able to maneuver class conflicts to acquire a competent skill set. In conclusion, this research study revealed that psychiatry residents saw the third year of their psychiatry education as foundations to build their careers.


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Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.