In the early to mid-2000s, the percentage of medical students choosing to specialize in psychiatry had remained relatively. We knew that early exposure to psychiatry and mentoring experiences could make a difference. In 2013, the OPPF The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation is focusing efforts to encourage medical students to consider specializing in psychiatry and our subspecialties such as child psychiatry. We plan to do this by focusing efforts with OPPA members as well as the OPPA, with local chapters, through awards and grants, and by coordinating efforts with Ohio medical schools. You can help. Here is a description of our efforts.
OPPA: OPPF proposes that medical students be invited to attend the OPPA annual meeting at a minimal charge. OPPF also will seek support for our APA Representatives to submit an action paper lifting a restriction on District Branches to have medical students become District Branch members.
At the Chapter level: OPPF is encouraging local chapters to invite medical students to attend regular or special meetings. OPPF also encourages local chapters to work with local medical schools to offer mentoring experiences to medical students, especially early in their medical school career.
Through Awards and Grants: We are also encouraging medical students to apply for mentoring experience grants such as through the American Psychiatric Foundation Helping Hands Program, the OPPF Research Awards for medical students (see the Research Awards Announcement on Page ?), and federal and state sponsored mentoring grants (e.g., SEARCH, MEDTAPP) for medical students to work with practicing psychiatrists.
Through coordination with Ohio medical school departments of psychiatry clerkship coordinators and others involved in the first two years of medical school education to enhance mentoring experiences and early exposure to psychiatry in medical school.
How can I help? Individual psychiatrists in Ohio can assist by supporting OPPF in these efforts by supporting OPPF with your contribution. Look for this opportunity with your annual APA and OPPA dues statement or via donating online at http://oppfoundationsupporter.eventbrite.com/ You can also assist by volunteering to be a mentor and assisting your local chapter and the medical school in your area to encourage medical student exposure experiences.
With coordinated and concerted efforts such as these we can improve the rate of medical students who choose to specialize in psychiatry in Ohio.
The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF), in cooperation with the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA) is pleased once again to invite medical students to be a part of the Consider Psychiatry Campaign.
The Consider Psychiatry Campaign is a great opportunity to gain additional exposure into psychiatry, to network with current professionals and receive cutting-edge psychiatric education.
The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF), in cooperation with the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA) is pleased once again to invite medical students to be a part of the Consider Psychiatry Campaign. As in years past we hope to provide sponsorships to cover the cost of registration for medical students to attend the 2022 OPPA Virtual Annual Psychiatric Update on April 2. However, if you would like to secure your space now you may register for only $25. (Registration coming soon)
The Consider Psychiatry Campaign is a great opportunity to gain additional exposure into psychiatry, to network with current professionals and receive cutting-edge psychiatric education. This year’s conference is entitled Hot Topics in Psychiatry: Advancing Clinical Care While Surviving the Pandemic's Impact and covers topics such as XXXX and more.
For further details, visit www.oppa.org/annualpsychupdate.