Suggestions for Medical Schools (for Psychiatry)?

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sanaa
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Suggestions for Medical Schools (for Psychiatry)?

Post by sanaa » Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:36 pm

So, I'm interested in going into medical school in the UK (I'm from the US), with the end goal of basically specializing in psychiatry.

Does anyone have suggestions on which medical schools I should apply to? Specifically, in regards to psychiatry programs, which are more emphasized/developed in which schools and their associated hospitals, which psychiatry programs are better regarded, etc? In short, basically, which schools are my best options if I have my heart set on psychiatry.

This criterion for picking a medical school occurred to me because of this webpage, for what it's worth:
http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.c ... s/?entry=4

Just to give an idea of where I am with picking my choices, in no particular order thus far:
1. University of Bristol
2. Cardiff University
3. Swansea University
4. University of Exeter
5. University of Southampton
6. St. George's University of London
7. University of Liverpool

Of these, I think I'm under the impression that Cardiff might have the best rated psychiatry program (based on a usnews.com list), but in general, I'm not sure what exactly to think besides these schools' general rankings and all, and besides, there were other reasons that I picked these schools so far.

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Re: Suggestions for Medical Schools (for Psychiatry)?

Post by Alex » Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:05 am

Someone may be able to help you with an answer but you do realise that this website is focused on clinical psychology not psychiatry?

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Re: Suggestions for Medical Schools (for Psychiatry)?

Post by kathryn » Tue Aug 09, 2016 2:35 pm

In the UK, you cannot specialise as a psychiatrist until you have completed your medical training at undergraduate level. At this stage, you will qualify as a medical doctor and apply for a local area (known as a deanery) to complete your foundation years(two years work as a junior doctor). At this point, you will do 3 x 4 month placements each year, one of which you could opt for psychiatry. Only once you have completed your foundation training can you begin applying to psychiatry specialist training programmes and eventually qualify as a psychiatrist.

So in answer to your question, all that matters really at this stage is getting into a medical programme. They are "much of a muchness" in terms of what you will learn as it is the initial medical qualification.

Good luck with medical school!

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Re: Suggestions for Medical Schools (for Psychiatry)?

Post by sanaa » Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:35 pm

Alex wrote:Someone may be able to help you with an answer but you do realise that this website is focused on clinical psychology not psychiatry?
Yes, sorry, that thought did come to mind. I just thought that someone might have some thoughts about this since I've mentioned going into psychiatry in another thread and did receive some substantial responses.
kathryn wrote: So in answer to your question, all that matters really at this stage is getting into a medical programme. They are "much of a muchness" in terms of what you will learn as it is the initial medical qualification.

Good luck with medical school!
I think my father said something similar to me about US medical schools, that I should just worry about getting into any given medical school for now, and worry about the quality of a given psychiatry program down the line if I were to become a resident here.

I guess that helps some at least, it'd be one less thing to consider with applying to medical schools. And thank you, Kathryn :)

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