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Experience of prison psychiatry: a gap in psychiatrists' basic professional training

  • David Reiss (a1) and Olumuyiwa John Famoroti (a2)
Abstract
Aims and Method

To survey the forensic psychiatry training and experience received by a sample of successful MRCPsych candidates. A questionnaire was sent to all 208 candidates who passed the Spring 2001 MRCPsych Part II examination.

Results

A total of 99 candidates replied. Of the 42 who had not trained in forensic psychiatry posts, two-thirds had never visited a prison.

Clinical Implications

More supervised visits to prisons should be provided for basic specialist trainees.

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Experience of prison psychiatry: a gap in psychiatrists' basic professional training

  • David Reiss (a1) and Olumuyiwa John Famoroti (a2)
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