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|Title: ||Nigerian Medical Students’ Opinions About the Undergraduate Curriculum in Psychiatry|
|Authors: ||James, Bawo|
|Issue Date: ||2013|
|Publisher: ||Nigerian Medical Students’ Opinions About the Undergraduate Curriculum in Psychiatry|
|Series/Report no.: ||Vol.37;No.3;Pp 1-5|
|Abstract: ||Objective: The number of psychiatrists in Nigeria is inadequate
to meet the treatment needs for neuropsychiatric disorders. Developing
mental health competency in the future Nigerian physician
workforce is one approach to filling the treatment gap. The authors
aimed to assess medical students’ attitudes to this training and its
relevance to their future practice and to assess whether they are
getting adequate or relevant training.
Method: A cross-sectional, questionnaire-based survey was
undertaken among a sample (N5375) of 5th- and 6th-year
students across four medical schools in Nigeria.
Results: Over one-tenth (12%) chose psychiatry as a future career
choice. Most expressed positive attitudes toward psychiatry and its
relevance to their future careers. A majority were enthusiastic about
receiving training in psychiatry in primary-care settings and
welcomed a curriculum that emphasized the learning and
management of commonpsychiatric disorders seen in general practice.
Conclusion: Medical students surveyed would welcome an undergraduate
curriculum that integrates the learning of psychiatry
with other specialties and skills-training relevant for primary care.
Efforts to modify the current curriculum in psychiatry in Nigerian
medical schools should be encouraged.|
|Appears in Collections:||Psychiatry|
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