Psychiatry as a career: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 0AE

A joint meeting with London Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the London Specialty School of Psychiatry at the London Deanery

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This is the second time this event has been run, with 204 medical students, foundation doctors, core trainees, higher trainees and consultants having attended the event in November 2010. This time the event is being held jointly with the London Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the London Specialty School of Psychiatry at the London Deanery.

The aim, as before, is to boost recruitment and help retention by challenging myths and misunderstandings and by showcasing the diversity of careers possible in psychiatry. This contributes to national initiatives for improving recruitment to psychiatry.

1.30 pm


2.00 pm

Professor George Ikkos, Consultant Psychiatrist in Liaison Psychiatry, President of the RSM Psychiatry Section

2.05 pm

Dr Gianetta Rands, Consultant Psychiatrist, Camden and Islington NHS FT; Vice Chair, London Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

2.15 pm

What range of clinical experiences exist within psychiatric training?
Dr Isabel McMullen, Specialty Registrar (ST6) in General Adult Psychiatry, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Sarah Stringer,ST6 General Adult Psychiatrist, Centre for Anxiety Disorders & Trauma, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; Editor of Psychiatry PRN: Principles, Reality, Next Steps (OUP, 2009)

2.35 pm

What is daily life as a psychiatrist really like?
Dr Ollie White, Consultant Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Christina Barras, ST5 Doctor General Adult Psychiatry, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust

2.55 pm

Is psychiatry a risky profession?
Dr Ranga Rao, Consultant Psychiatrist/Clinical Director, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Victoria Cohen, Locum Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry, East London NHS Foundation Trust

3.15 pm

Refreshment break
All speakers will be available to answer questions informally in the break

3.45 pm

How easy is it to combine other activities with training in psychiatry?
Dr Mark Ramage, CT and Flexible Trainee, Royal Free Scheme
Dr Fran Bell, Psychiatry Core Trainee (CT3), UCLP Training Programme

4.05 pm

How easy is it to get involved in psychiatric research?
Dr Jonathan Huntley, MRC Research Fellow (ST5) Old Age Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
Dr Diana Chan, Academic Clinical Fellow (ST5) in Old Age Psychiatry, UCL

4.25 pm

Will I gain fame and fortune as a psychiatrist?
Dr Mark Salter, Consultant in Adult General Psychiatry, East London Foundation Trust
Professor Philip Sugarman, Chief Executive, St Andrew's Healthcare, Vis. Professor, School of Health, University of Northampton; Hon. Senior Lecturer, Inst. Of Psychiatry, King's College London

4.45 pm

What are the interviewers looking for in application forms and interviews for psychiatry training?
Dr Tom Brown, Associate Registrar for Recruitment, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Dr Michael Maier, Head of the London Specialty School of Psychiatry, Consultant Psychiatrist

5.05 pm

To the panel of all available speakers

5.30 pm

Close of meeting followed by a wine reception

Meeting ref: PYD02

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