Much of the literature on resident moonlighting has been editorial in nature. Very little information on psychiatric residents' moonlighting practices and attitudes exists. The authors developed an instrument that was mailed to survey the chief residents of all 203 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-approved psychiatry residencies, with 137 (67.5%) programs responding. According to the responses, the percentage of residents moonlighting increased with each successive year of training, with an average of 31 hours per resident per month. The two major reasons given for moonlighting were payment of living expenses (58%) and repayment of student loans (24%). No supervision was provide to 22% of the moonlighting residents. Only 10% of the programs proscribed moonlighting by their residents. To better asssess the positive and negative effects of moonlighting, it is time by truly monitor and guide the moonlighting experience for both residents and their programs.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health