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Table 4 Medical students’ free text responses to ‘Factors influencing decision’ when considering a career in psychiatry

From: Enrichment activities in the medical school psychiatry programme – could this be a key to engaging medical students in psychiatry? A study from a high secure forensic psychiatric UK hospital

Positive Negative
“Psychiatry will become the most in demand speciality in the future”
“I am interested in the conditions and I think psychiatric patients are some of the most in need yet stigmatised”
It’s slow paced; I think you generally have to wait a long time to see improvement”
“Little hand-on skills”
“Higher rates of depression in psychiatrists”
“Listening to someone’s problems every day and not getting affected by it would be difficult for me”