Aspiring medics encouraged to explore a career in psychiatry

Young people considering a career in medicine will receive expert advice this weekend to help them on the route to achieving their ambitions and to consider psychiatry as an exciting medical discipline.

The second ‘Medicine Calling’ conference will be held on Saturday 9 September 2017. Students who attended last year’s conference described it as “hugely informative”, “enjoyable” and “inspiring”.

The conference will be held at our Centre for Medicine for students in post-16 education.  It will comprise an exciting programme of events including keynote speakers and interactive workshops, a chance to meet doctors to ask questions about careers in psychiatry, information and advice on applying to medical school and an essay competition with prizes.

The conference is particularly focused on psychiatry as a medical speciality, as according to Health Education England, recruiting junior doctors to psychiatry remains a challenge. The organisers hope that by inspiring young people interested in studying medicine about psychiatry, they will understand the innovative, challenging and rewarding opportunities that a career in psychiatry can offer and encourage them to champion the profession to others throughout their future medical careers.

The conference is a part of a wider initiative called Medicine Calling, which is working in association with the University of Leicester, The Royal College of Psychiatrists & NHS Health Education England to inform and guide young people considering a career in medicine, specifically psychiatry.