USF's Caserta & Natl Psychiatry Resident In Training Exam
The American College of Psychiatrists has appointed USF Health faculty member Dr. Maria Caserta to its Psychiatry Resident in Training Examination (PRITE) Editorial Board. Here at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Dr. Caserta is a Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Director of the USF Memory Disorders Clinic and Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry. The PRITE Editorial Board consists of prominent educators, many known internationally in their respective fields, and representing diverse backgrounds within psychiatry.
“This is a time of great change in Psychiatry, with new developments in the field occurring at a very rapid pace, which will challenge the both the educators and Psychiatry trainees to develop stimulating and up to date curricula,” said Dr. Caserta.
Created in 1978, the PRITE consists of 450 questions and is divided into two parts – neurology and psychiatry. A related specialty exam, the Child PRITE, is designed for child Fellows. Its 200 questions survey child and adolescent psychiatry issues in depth. Nearly all psychiatry Residents in the United States take the exam three to four times during residency training.
“We are delighted to have our faculty stepping forward to bring their knowledge to bear and assist this important task in staying true to our tripartite mission,” says Dr. Francisco Fernandez, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, USF College of Medicine & former Editor-In-Chief of the PRITE. “Dr. Caserta brings incredible energy and knowledge to the Editorial Board and its role in developing the only medical knowledge competency examination for resident physicians in Psychiatry.”
PRITE provides feedback to the individual Residents about the status of their knowledge as compared to others at the same level of training. In addition, the exam offers Residency training directors insight into the performance of their Residents on the PRITE examination so that they can prepare and adjust their programs to make them more effective.
“I am much honored having been appointed to the Editorial Board of the PRITE. I look forward to working in collaboration with the other PRITE Editorial Board members to make the PRITE a state of the art instrument in assessing the knowledge base of our trainees,” said Dr. Caserta.