The College is indebted to all those members who helped make this year’s autumn school on 10 October such a resounding success.
The half-day event was open to all medical students and F1/F2 trainees. There was an array of topics covered during the day and we acknowledge Drs Julie Anderson, Stephen Moore, Francess Doherty, Keira Walsh, Katie McGuckian, Helen Toal, Dearbhail Lewis and Caroline Donnelly. We would also thank Jordan Bamford and Chloe Gilkinson from Mind Matters at QUB for presenting on the day.
This is the second year in which we hosted the psychiatry school for medical students and we hope to make it a permanent date in our calendar.
The students were provided with an insight into life as a psychiatrist and the huge positive impact they have on the lives of patients and their carers. Members spoke about the new and interesting challenges the face every day, and how their medical knowledge and skills constantly grow.
It was appropriate that the event was held on World Mental Health Day and this presented also an opportunity to showcase the College’s ‘Choose Psychiatry’ campaign. Speaking after the event, Dr Donnelly said, “This was an excellent event and a privilege to welcome our future Psychiatrists to the College. Everyone enjoyed the enthusiastic speakers, who very kindly gave their time.
Rathmore Outreach Event
Vice-chair of our C & A faculty, Dr Mark Rodgers, promoted the cause of psychiatry at a careers’ event at Rathmore Grammar School in Finaghy on 17 October.
Mark, a former pupil of Rathmore, engaged with pupils and highlighted the importance of early detection and treatment of mental health disorders in young people. He emphasised that Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists play an important role as emotional and behavioural problems in childhood, if not treated, can be linked with difficulties throughout adult life.
He advised pupils of the rewards of a career in psychiatry which combines neurodevelopmental science with the lived experiences of children, young people and their families.
Finally, he encouraged pupils to contribute to the strong and developing academic base in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.