Developing a Rural Psychiatry Training Program on The Texas-Mexico Border: A Chance for Innovation
Creating residencies that produce psychiatrists who are skilled and interested in working in under resourced areas, especially in community and rural settings is challenging. State and private agency collaboration can be an effective approach to enhancing such training. These resources for education have the goals of improving access and services, addressing workforce shortages and improving physician retention. They can provide flexibility to implement innovations that enhance training and address community needs. This article describes the implementation of a psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. Funding was obtained from state and private initiatives. This paper describes the implementation. Feedback was positive at all levels. This program illustrates some of the advantages of utilizing alternate funding in creating high quality residencies that are integral to the community, produce skilled collaborative physicians, provide necessary care that addresses specific community needs and potentially address workforce issues in underserved areas.
Dingle, A.D., Fernandez, F. & de Erausquin, G.A. Developing a Rural Psychiatry Training Program on The Texas-Mexico Border: A Chance for Innovation. Community Ment Health J 58, 1060–1066 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-021-00914-6
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