A career in...
Interviews with psychiatrists
Four doctors talk about the highs and lows of psychiatry
Rory Conn works at an inpatient unit for adolescents aged between 13 and 18 years in north London. The small unit caters for only 12 patients whose mental health needs are sufficiently complex to require hospitalisation.
When I started medical school I thought I wanted to be an orthopaedic surgeon, but I changed my mind during an attachment in psychiatry. I saw a different way of helping patients, which involved using time, listening, and empathy as clinical tools. I chose to subspecialise in child and adolescent psychiatry because it is hugely rewarding. I think that the work I do can have the most lasting benefit on patients and their families in the long term.