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Changes in attitudes toward psychiatry with introduction of a new curriculum: experiences of a Sri Lankan medical school

Authors:

Asiri Rodrigo ,

Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, LK
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Chamara Wijesinghe,

Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, LK
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KALA Kuruppuarachchi

Professor of Psychiatry Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, LK
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Abstract

Background A Sri Lankan university recently changed its medical undergraduate curriculum by including a multifaceted psychiatry clerkship for final year students.

Aims We investigated the effect of introducing an eightweek clinical rotation on career choice and attitudes of medical students towards psychiatry as a discipline.

Method One hundred medical students completed the Attitudes Towards Psychiatry (ATP-30) questionnaire before and after the final year psychiatry clerkship.

Results This study showed favourable improvements in the ATP-30 score following exposure to the professorial clerkship. Significant increase were noted in the desire to pursue a career in psychiatry.

Conclusion Exposure to a psychiatry clerkship in the final year could improve the attitudes of medical students towards psychiatry.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v3i1.4454

SL J Psychiatry 2012; 3 (1):14-16

How to Cite: Rodrigo, A., Wijesinghe, C. & Kuruppuarachchi, K., (2012). Changes in attitudes toward psychiatry with introduction of a new curriculum: experiences of a Sri Lankan medical school. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry. 3(1), pp.14–16. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v3i1.4454
Published on 29 Jun 2012.
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