You must be out of your mind
Have you thought about psychiatry for a career? Shikha Singh thinks it's crazy that so many medical students have not
- By: Shikha Singh
Walking into firms on the first day of my penultimate year and psychiatry was my first rotation. After four weeks of lazy summer days, enduring the London rush hour to arrive at a hospital in the middle of nowhere carried a tantalising sense of personal achievement. As I walked down the discreetly named ward, the sight around me did little to allay my ignorant concerns about psychiatry. Add to this the fact that I was now being told to spend an hour taking a history, and I was just about ready to give up on psychiatry before it had even begun.
Scanning the rest of my group, I gave a look of bemusement that could in no way have predicted how fascinating I would find this complex subject. Why, then, am I in such a minority? In 2004, the Royal College of Psychiatrists found that only 3% of medical students