Psychiatry resident Amber Thompson receives American College of Psychiatrists PRITE fellowship

By Megan Bard

UMass Medical School Communications

February 01, 2017
  Amber Thompson, MD

Amber Thompson, MD

Amber Thompson, MD, a second-year general psychiatry resident, has been selected by the American College of Psychiatrists as one of four fellows to serve on its Psychiatry Resident In-Training Examination (PRITE) Editorial Board.

Dr. Thompson, whose focus is community psychiatry, is the first UMass Medical School resident to be selected for the ACP fellowship.

“It was an incredible honor to receive the fellowship,” Thompson said. “I’m looking forward to working with great psychiatrists to help shape the knowledge base of psychiatry residents across the country.”

The board serves as an educational resource for residents to compare knowledge with peers. For psychiatry program directors, the exam provides greater insight into resident performance that they can use to evaluate their programs. Thompson said knowing where a resident might need improvement can help guide future education plans.

In compiling the content for the exam, the ACP selects residents from programs throughout the United States and Canada to serve on the PRITEEditorial Board as a means to include the views of psychiatry residents who sit for the exam. Creating test questions is something of an interest for Thompson, who previously crafted test questions with friends in order to prepare for exams. 

“Working on the PRITE is important work, but it also helps me study. The questions I create must have good supporting evidence. I really have to dig into the literature to create questions that test both relevant and timely information,” she said.

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