Teaching medical students and recruitment to psychiatry: attitudes of psychiatric clinicians, academics and trainees

Ania Korszun, Nishan Dharmaindra, Valsraj Koravangattu, Kamaldeep Bhui
2011 The Psychiatrist  
Aims and method An online survey was used to examine the attitudes of clinical, academic and trainee psychiatrists on the delivery of undergraduate education and why students are not choosing psychiatry as a career. This paper explores whether attitudes to teaching psychiatry to medical students is a factor in poor recruitment to the specialty. Results Overall, 390 psychiatrists completed the survey. All groups were highly committed to psychiatry education, but there were significant
more » ... nificant differences in attitudes that may have an impact on the delivery of medical student teaching, which in turn may influence recruitment. Five major themes emerged from the survey, the most dominant being stigmatisation of psychiatric patients and professionals by the medical profession. These divergent attitudes to teaching and stigma may be contributing to low levels of recruitment into psychiatry. Clinical implications Education of the next generation of psychiatrists is a high priority and active measures are needed to increase commitment and enthusiasm in undergraduate education.
doi:10.1192/pb.bp.110.032946 fatcat:zdit46yvqzgyvchygnlt7knn2e