J Korean Neuropsychiatr Assoc.  2019 Aug;58(3):216-229. 10.4306/jknpa.2019.58.3.216.

Survey on the Environment and Condition of Korean Psychiatric Residents from 2016 to 2017 Years

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Kangwon National University Hospital, Chuncheon, Korea. kuleemd@kangwon.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Chuncheon National Hospital, Chuncheon, Korea.
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Psychiatry, Konyang University College of Medicine, Konyang University Hospital, Daejeon, Korea.
  • 5Department of Psychiatry, Konkuk University Chungju Hospital, School of Medicine, Konkuk University, Chungju, Korea.
  • 6Department of Psychiatry, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center, Daegu, Korea.
  • 7Department of Psychiatry, Kangwon National University School of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea.


The authors evaluated the environment and conditions of Korean psychiatric residents to identify important factors for them in determining their satisfaction with training programs.
Questionnaires on the residency training program were administered to 513 Korean psychiatric residents from 2016 to 2017. The questionnaire was composed of sociodemographic background, work environment and status of the training program. The authors analyzed questionnaire according to the residents' grade and hospital type and identified the significant factors for satisfaction with their training.
Compared to the 1st grade, the 4th grade psychiatric residents have significantly less working time, duty days, and more sleep time, mealtime, and annual salary. In the hospital type, the residents of general hospitals and university hospitals have more working time, annual salary, and accessibility to educational material than mental hospitals. The satisfaction with their training is higher in the 1st grade than in the 4th grade, in those with more than six hours of sleep time, and in residents who are satisfied with the accessibility of educational materials.
Compared to the 1st grade, the working intensity of 4th grade psychiatric residents is lower and their welfare is better. To improve the satisfaction with the training program, it is necessary to make efforts to increase the sleep time of residents, improve the accessibility of educational material, identify the problem of the training program, particularly in the 4th grade, and make institutional improvements.


Residency training program; Psychiatric resident; Survey
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