Medical School Electives and Recruitment Into Psychiatry
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Part of psychiatry’s recruitment problem is a result of defections among students who were planning careers in psychiatry when they entered medical school. The authors present data from a 20-year (1974-1993) experience at the University of Maryland that shows that students who expressed a preference for psychiatry as a career in the freshman year were four times more likely to enter psychiatric residency training after graduation if they participated in the Combined Accelerated Program in Psychiatry (CAPP), a 4-year psychiatric elective program, than if they pursued the regular undergraduate psychiatric program. More than 20% of the CAPP students who preferred nonpsychiatric careers as freshmen were “converted” to psychiatry and later entered psychiatric residency programs. Recent changes in the ideology and economics of our profession have neither lessened the popularity of the CAPP nor diminished its apparent ability to shelter students preferring psychiatry from the stigmatizing experiences of medical school.
KeywordsPublic Health Medical School Residency Program Recent Change Residency Training
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