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What about forensic psychiatry as a career? Undergraduate and early post-graduate medical perspectives.
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PMID:  23015385     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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BACKGROUND: Medical students in the UK are encouraged to plan their career earlier than ever before. What do they need to do that?
AIM: To explore the roles of the undergraduate curriculum and the foundation programme from the perspective of a foundation trainee looking towards a career in forensic psychiatry, and to conduct a pilot survey of undergraduates and early trainees about their knowledge and wishes with respect to forensic psychiatry.
FINDINGS: A fifth of those given a questionnaire responded. Among 36 responders, 14 were considering a career in forensic psychiatry. Some of the remainder did not know about the option at all; no one felt that they had sufficient information about this career option.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: This was a pilot study with a low response rate, and confined to Wales, so the findings must be regarded with caution. Nevertheless, it does appear that a concerted effort by medical schools and relevant professional bodies to provide more information and encouragement to trainees at an early stage would be likely to support recruitment to the specialty of forensic psychiatry. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Authors:
Alec Thomas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Criminal behaviour and mental health : CBMH     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1471-2857     ISO Abbreviation:  Crim Behav Ment Health     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9309668     Medline TA:  Crim Behav Ment Health     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  247-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Affiliation:
School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. alecthomas@doctors.org.uk.
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