Message From Our Chair
Dear AUTP Family,
Covid-19 has disrupted the delivery of medical education around the world with reduced opportunities for direct face-to-face contact with patients and reduced access to clinical opportunities.
At AUTP, we have stepped up to ensure that doctors of the future are not deprived of clinical skills relevant to their future practice. My personal and heartfelt thank you to all AUTP colleagues who have helped in this difficult period.
I am proud to share that together we have turned this time of adversity to success, making substantial advances on a range of different fronts. Our key mission is to Promote Excellence in Psychiatric Education across all medical schools in the UK and we have worked hard to:
1) support educators
2) engage students and
3) to streamline our organisation.
See more information below
Prof Subodh Dave FRCPsych MMed (Clinical Education), Consultant Psychiatrist and Deputy Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Bolton, Trainer of the Year: Royal College of Psychiatrists
Click here to meet the AUTP team
As you can see it has been an event-filled year and for a charitable organisation run entirely through the voluntary effort of our members and officers, this has been a year of remarkable achievements. We are always keen to support members who bring fresh and innovative ideas to advance the cause of psychiatric education for medical students.Do get in touch!
I wish you all a very festive season. It has been a strange year but I hope that 2021 will bring our members and their loved ones happiness, joy and a year full of glorious new learning.
Professor Subodh Dave, Consultant Psychiatrist, Chair of AUTP
Knowing that virtual training was becoming the norm, we organised a series of FREE webinars to share experiences of how Psychiatric Education had adapted and evolved in the wake of COVID. My thanks to Dr James Fallon and Dr Sridevi Sira Mahalingappa for organising this series and for making it so successful.
If you have any suggestions for future webinars then please fill out this form and we will be in touch.
The successful Annual Conference 2020 must seem like an age away. We had 140+ delegates and the feedback was extremely positive.
Given the times, our Annual Conference in 2021 will be held virtually over two half days. The first half will be held on 24th February 2021 on the following theme:
'Innovations in Adversity: Global Perspectives in UGPsychED'
We will have a panel of speakers from around the globe sharing innovations in UG Psychiatric Education and developments in Virtual Learning in Psychiatry.
Registration details and detailed programme will be updated on AUTP website soon.
AUTP Conference 2020/21
AUTP WPA Guide
Virtual learning is likely to persist long after COVID and recognising this we have teamed up with the World Psychiatric Association to create an educational resource - Virtual Learning in Psychiatry: A Guide for Educators. I am incredibly proud of our AUTP team including Section Editors – Dr Suzanne Reeves, Dr Seri Abraham, Dr Declan Hyland, Dr Tom Hewson, Dr James Fallon, Dr Isabel Mark and of course my fellow Officers Dr Sridevi Sira Mahalingappa and Dr Deepa Bagepalli Krishnan in the stupendous amount of effort they have all put in to make this guide – a world first – a reality.
Better news, we have received an unrestricted grant to cover our expenses and to enable us to ensure that the guide helps educators not just in the UK but across hundreds of medical schools in the world.
Please look out for the formal launch of the guide early in the New Year.
UK Undergraduate Education Psychiatry Survey
We are undertaking a mapping exercise to get a picture of the teaching and assessment methods across all undergraduate medical schools in the UK.
In addition, we are planning to gain information about student wellbeing and mental health support within UK medical schools as you, our members, have reported that medical students often disclose mental health concerns during their psychiatry placement.
The outcomes will lead to the publication of a report and all participants’ contributions will be credited in the report.
Please do support this vital exercise.
AUTP PsychSocs' Christmas Quiz
AUTP is hosted its first ever Christmas quiz! This event was open to committee members from all UK PsychSocs, with prizes to be won. We had some psychiatrists join in with their PsychSoc's team and to encourage and support the teams as they battled it out for the top prize!
We had a really fun, festive evening - thank you to all the PsychSocs for taking part and well done to Cambridge Psychiatry Society for winning!
We are planning more quizzes and competitions for medical students in 2021, all updates will be posted in the 'student corner' section of our website.
AUTP Movie Club
Films are a great way to engage with Psychiatry. We organised two film clubs this year. For AUTP's first Psychiatry Film Club, we invited a panel to discuss mental health themes in the film "Silver Linings Playbook. We also celebrated South Asian Heritage month with the film club on the Bollywood movie “Taare Zammen Par”.
Our next film club will be held in Spring 2021
As agreed at our last AGM, we have drafted our new Charitable Incorporated Organisation constitution, and this has been submitted for registration to the Charity Commission as a new charity. Covid 19 has caused a delay but we are hopeful that this will be accomplished soon.
We are delighted to announce that membership in steadily growing due to active presence on social media and all the high quality AUTP activities.
There is now an option to become an AUTP member online through our website. Click here for more information.
Please do spread the message and encourage your colleague and friends to join AUTP.
Our new series of webinars aimed at medical students to stimulate intellectual curiosity in Psychiatry starts on 12 January 2021. I dare say that even educators may find these webinars quite fascinating as we explore new areas in Psychiatry from gaming and philosophy to cutting edge neuroscience.
Have a look here!