Factors associated with interest in psychiatry in UK medical students: qualitative study

Crowley, Grace, Banerjee, Sube, Page, Lisa and Daley, Stephanie (2021) Factors associated with interest in psychiatry in UK medical students: qualitative study. BJPsych Bulletin. pp. 1-7. ISSN 2056-4694

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Aims and method
This study aimed to explore factors that positively influence UK medical students’ interest in psychiatry. Delegates and committee members of the National Student Psychiatry Conference 2018 were invited to participate in individual semi-structured interviews. Nine interviews were conducted. Qualitative data were analysed using thematic analysis.

Four core themes emerged: psychiatry education and exposure, role of a psychiatrist, fitting in, and factors external to medical school. All students had some degree of interest in mental health before medical school, but placement and extra-curricular factors were strongly influential.

Interest in psychiatry may be promoted by facilitating student exposure to enthusiastic psychiatrists and psychiatry subspecialties, encouraging extra-curricular activities and identifying early those with pre-existing interest in mental health on admission to medical school. Aspects of psychiatry that should be promoted include the potential to make a positive difference to patients’ lives and the teamworking elements of the specialty.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
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Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2022 09:28
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2022 09:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/103941

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