Recruitment to Psychiatry in Canada: a COUPE Perspective
To the Editor:
There is a pervasive shortage of psychiatrists in Canada . Several factors are thought to contribute, including recruitment challenges, lack of incentives, and an aging psychiatrist population . Intrinsic student factors that positively influence recruitment to psychiatry include female gender, neuroticism and openness personality traits, older age, and previous experiences/exposure to mental illness . Extrinsic factors increasing recruitment include high-quality teaching during psychiatry clerkship, longer preclinical and clinical exposure to psychiatry, presence of psychiatry enrichment activities, exposure to outpatient settings with help seeking patients without severe illness, and high student responsibility/autonomy during clinical placements [2, 3, 4]. Given an anticipated shortage of psychiatrists in Canada, the Canadian Organization of Undergraduate Psychiatric Educators (COUPE) examined percentages of students matching to psychiatry from each Canadian...
The authors would like to thank the members of the Canadian Organization of Undergraduate Psychiatry Educators (COUPE) for their collaboration on this project and the data acquisition.
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Dr. Fung reports personal fees from Allergan, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen Ortho, Lundbeck, and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, outside the submitted work. All other authors have no disclosures to declare.
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