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Recruitment into psychiatry: increasing the pool of applicants.
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PMID:  10389608     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that it is possible to identify the cohort of students in their first year of medical school from which future psychiatrists will be recruited. METHOD: During a 3-year period, all first-year medical students at the University of Maryland completed a form indicating their specialty preference. Of those students, 403 pursued the regular psychiatry curriculum, and 34 participated in an enriched behavioural science and psychiatry program. Specialty was chosen after graduation. RESULTS: The higher the first-year student ranked psychiatry as a preferred specialty, the more likely the student was to choose psychiatry as a career after graduation. This was true both for students in the regular psychiatry program and for those in the enriched program. Students in the enriched program were significantly more likely to choose psychiatry as a career than were "regular" psychiatry students who gave psychiatry the same ranking in their first year. Freshman students who ranked psychiatry 4th or lower were not likely to choose psychiatry, no matter how much encouragement they received from their psychiatry departments. CONCLUSIONS: 1) Specialty preferences in the freshman year are predictive of future career choices. 2) An enriched medical school program in psychiatry can increase the number of graduates choosing careers in psychiatry. To help resource-poor medical schools increase the number of American medical graduates choosing psychiatry, the authors propose 2 inexpensive enriched programs.
W Weintraub; S M Plaut; E Weintraub
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of psychiatry. Revue canadienne de psychiatrie     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0706-7437     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1999 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-27     Completed Date:  1999-10-27     Revised Date:  2007-08-01    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7904187     Medline TA:  Can J Psychiatry     Country:  CANADA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  473-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Baltimore 21201, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Career Choice
Choice Behavior
Internship and Residency / statistics & numerical data,  trends
Psychiatry / education*,  manpower*
Students, Medical / statistics & numerical data*
United States

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