We found that one of the main reasons for clinicians to be reluctant to have students shadowing them is the challenge of providing a dual role of caring and teaching simultaneously.
The improved placement structure started in October 2015 with the first cohort of medical students coming to their clinical placement after the summer break.
Table 4 gives a summary of the changes implemented.
The Strategy stressed the importance of good clinical placements in psychiatry and recommended that medical students should ideally be placed only with ‘the best teachers and welcoming teams’ avoiding colleagues who are disillusioned with psychiatry or not happy with their jobs.
It is therefore essential that psychiatrists and other clinicians play an important role to improve the medical students placement in their workplace in order to give the students a positive expereince of this speciality and hopefully promote it as a future career option.
Using this multidisciplinary model of teaching and supervision helped to overcome many challenges in providing a positive and useful clinical placement to the medical students.