Encouraging recruitment into psychiatry: practical initiatives

Neel Halder, Zoé Mulliez
2020 BJPsych Bulletin  
This article highlights key findings from a recent Royal College of Psychiatrists project showing that many UK medical schools are embracing the dual challenge of raising students' interest in psychiatry and ensuring that all doctors can support patients with mental illness. It focuses on two novel approaches to boosting recruitment into psychiatry: I'm a Medic Get Me Out of Here, an online outreach activity enabling schoolchildren to ask questions of health professionals in real time; and a
more » ... real time; and a living library, which creates a safe space for dialogue where topics are discussed openly between human books (professionals) and readers (undergraduate students) to challenge stereotypes. It is recommended that sharing these and other examples of good practice will help all medical schools encourage recruitment in psychiatry more widely.
doi:10.1192/bjb.2020.53 pmid:32513344 fatcat:phvm5kubzzcklos2ygrao7k4sq