Bristol’s first Psychiatry Autumn School for foundation doctors was held in October 2013. This was a two day event arranged by local psychiatry trainees.
The event was for foundation doctors with an interest in psychiatry, and also provided an opportunity to develop key skills in psychiatry relevant to other medical specialities.
The event had as its aims:
- To create a two day event for foundation doctors which would allow them to explore the clinical diversity of the specialty, gain an understanding of the training structure and to develop their skills in psychiatry.
- To encourage a positive view of psychiatry and challenge stigma.
- To promote psychiatry as a career and encourage recruitment into core training.
- To provide trainees with an opportunity to develop leadership and teaching skills.
The event was packed with lectures, tutorials, masterclasses, museum visits, opportunities to gain direct clinical experiences in a choice of venues, a film event and a social event.
25 foundation doctors attended the event. Most were from Severn, but several came from outside the region. 100% of attendees stated that they would recommend the event to a friend. The event received fantastic feedback from attendees including:
- “It was held at the perfect time of year – just before applications open! Very useful to know about the process…”
- “Wide spectrum of presentations. Addressed subjects that I had previously had no teaching/info on.”
- “Allowed us ‘hands on’ experience.”
- “Talking to the trainees was really good to see what the job is going to involve. It has definitely confirmed that I want to apply for psych.”
- “What was particularly good was the enthusiasm that was shown for psychiatry.”
- “Made me realise how broad psychiatry is.”
Psychiatry intend to make the Autumn School an annual event and would encourage all foundation doctors with an interest in psychiatry to apply.