Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 212–214 | Cite as

The Effect of Clinical Clerkship on Students’ Attitudes Toward Psychiatry in Karachi, Pakistan

  • Ayesha Sajid
  • Murad M. Khan
  • Murtaza Shakir
  • Riffat Moazam-Zaman
  • Asad Ali
International Education Report

Abstract

Objective

Attitudes of medical students toward a specialty is strongly related to their future choice of specialty. In developing countries like Pakistan, where there is a shortage of psychiatrists, there is a need to assess the effect of exposure to psychiatry on medical students.

Methods

The authors conducted a survey of fourth-year medical students at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan.

Results

Psychiatry clerkship had an overall positive attitude toward psychiatric illness, patients, and psychiatrists, but no effect on students’ choice of psychiatry as a career.

Conclusion

Psychiatry teaching needs to be made more relevant to the rest of the medical curricula. This may improve students’ interest and their future choice of psychiatry as an area of specialization.

Keywords

Medical Student Psychiatric Illness Psychiatric Patient Career Choice Academic Psychiatry 

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© Academic Psychiatry 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ayesha Sajid
    • 1
  • Murad M. Khan
    • 1
  • Murtaza Shakir
    • 1
  • Riffat Moazam-Zaman
    • 1
  • Asad Ali
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryAga Khan UniversityKarachiPakistan
  2. 2.Shifa HospitalKarachiPakistan

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