Cross specialty training would improve outlook for academic psychiatry, says report

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2080 (Published 29 March 2013)
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  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
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Training of psychiatrists needs to be more flexible to encourage doctors to take up the specialty and pursue a career in academia, a report has said.

Without a fresh approach to training, the advances being made in science were less likely to be translated into developments in diagnosis and management, because doctors were not choosing to teach future generation of psychiatrists, said Nick Craddock, professor of psychiatry at Cardiff University’s department of psychological medicine and neurology.

He was speaking at the launch of the report from the Academy of Medical Sciences, Strengthening Academic Psychiatry in the UK.1

The number of posts in academic psychiatry in …

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