Postgraduate training programmes in psychiatry vary considerably around the world in their length, content and quality. Considerable challenges and unmet needs are present in training programmes, some of which are commonly shared by many residents and others which are specific to a particular context. In this chapter we describe the current challenges faced by residents in four different countries across three continents. We also consider the transnational issues experienced at a continental level, through the case study of Europe. Common themes emerge, such as burnout, inadequate time for training, poor working conditions, uneven access to clinical and non-clinical training opportunities and the effects of stigma. The variable degree of standardisation, impact of geography and resource availability and differing attitudes to the role of non-psychiatric colleagues are all considered. Finally, we advance some potential solutions, such as the possibility of harmonising training programmes, implementing enhanced quality assurance measures, increased resources for resident and trainers and the critical role that residents’ associations play in improving training.
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