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Indian J Psychiatry. 2019 May-Jun;61(3):244-252. doi: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_335_18.

Young psychiatrists' opinion on the activities of Indian Psychiatric Society: A survey under the aegis of Research, Education, and Training Foundation of Indian Psychiatric Society.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.
2
King Georges Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Abstract

Aim:

The aim of the study is to assess the opinion of young psychiatrists (aged ≤45 years) about the various scientific activities of Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS).

Materials and Methods:

An online survey using SurveyMonkey electronic platform was conducted. Data of 350 participants were available for analysis.

Results:

The mean age of the participants (spread across 115 institutes/medical colleges) was 33.61 (standard deviation [SD] - 5.32) years and their mean number of years of experience in psychiatry including the training period was 8.25 (SD - 5.5) years. About 70% of the participants (n = 243) rated the current format of the Annual National Conference of the IPS (ANCIPS) to be "good/very good," and more than half of the participants agreed that the conferences at the zonal and state level help in enhancing the academic knowledge of the participants as well as such activities help in enhancing the social interaction among fellow colleagues. Among the various scientific sessions of the ANCIPS, workshops and guest lectures were rated as very useful by three-fifth of the participants. Regarding opinion in terms of changes required in the current format of the ANCIPS and other conferences/continuing medical educations (CMEs) being conducted by IPS, more than half to about two-third of the participants reported that having more hands-on workshops, having sessions like meet the experts, having mentorship programs, and more expert speakers from India will "definitely" be useful. Majority of the participants expressed that reduction of concurrent sessions would be definitely be beneficial. In terms of modification of ongoing activities and introduction of new activities, about two-third of the participants expressed that having IPS supported travel fellowship programs within the country and abroad, having subject/topic-focused conferences, and starting online CMEs will be definitely be useful.

Conclusions:

The present survey reflects that there is a need to have more subject/topic-focused conferences/CMEs, need to introduce online CME activities, reduction of concurrent sessions during the conferences and strengthening the travel fellowship programs. All these can be considered as expectations of the young generation of psychiatrists from the organization like IPS, which should be duly considered while planning future conferences and CMEs.

KEYWORDS:

Continuing medical educations; conferences; guidelines; psychiatry

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