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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 137-141

A comparative study of Indian and Indian origin foreign medical graduate interns' attitude towards psychiatry

Department of Psychiatry, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Kuldip Kumar
Associate Professor and Consultant, Department of Psychiatry, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi - 110 029
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0975-9727.160683

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Context: Evidence suggest that medical students' attitudes towards psychiatry are determined by multiple factors like previous experiences, training in medicine and psychiatry, globalization of education, medical school experiences, including influence of faculty, friends and family members. No previous work on Indian origin foreign medical graduate interns has been done in this area in India. Aims: To study the difference in attitude towards psychiatry among Indian and Indian origin foreign medical graduate interns. Settings and Design: Cross sectional study, conducted in a central government teaching hospital. Materials and Methods: Study was done on 261 medical interns who did their medical schooling in India and abroad during a period of one year. Balon et al. questionnaire was administered for attitude assessment. Statistical Analysis: Statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) for windows 20th revision was used. Descriptive statistics was used for analyzing discrete and continuous variables. Chi square test applied for comparing categorical variables. Results: Ninety five percent of FMG interns (N = 66) were from China and Russia. IMG interns considered teaching of psychiatry at their medical school to be interesting and good quality as compared to FMG interns. Both groups admit that family and friends discouraged them from entering psychiatry. Conclusions: Good training in psychiatry during medical school has overall positive effect on the attitude towards psychiatry. Internship is the appropriate period when the specific needs of the FMG interns to be addressed for their better integration into the Indian medical system.

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