In 2005 clinicians were invited to submit proposals for Student Selected Components (SSC) for third and fourth year students at the new Hull and York Medical School. As a consultant psychiatrist with an interest in the arts I proposed a 3-week course in mental health and the arts. I wanted to find ways of promoting psychiatry as an interesting and valid subject for study and practice – as described in a recent Psychiatric Bulletin article (Eagles et al, 2007), medical students' attitudes to psychiatry could be influenced by their undergraduate experience. Eighteen months later, 15 students have completed the course.
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