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Psychiatric training in Europe

  • Clare Oakley (a1) and Amit Malik (a2)
Abstract
Aims and method

This study aimed to establish the variations in the pre-defined aspects of postgraduate psychiatric training within the member countries of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees and illustrate the diversity of training experiences within Europe. Participants were required to complete a structured questionnaire.

Results

There are wide variations in the length, content and structure of postgraduate psychiatric training across Europe. There are differing requirements for, and access to, psychotherapy training. Some countries have no examinations or formal assessments.

Clinical implications

An understanding of the postgraduate training systems across Europe is essential not only for making informed choices about the development of trainees recruited from the European Economic Area but also for enhancing postgraduate training and patient care in all European countries.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Clare Oakley (clareoakley@doctors.org.uk)
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See commentary, pp. 450-451, this issue.

Declaration of interest

A.M. is the President of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees and C.O. is the Chair of the Psychiatric Trainees' Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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Psychiatric training in Europe

  • Clare Oakley (a1) and Amit Malik (a2)
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