Our members face certain challenges: we are committed experts regarding “education in psychiatry” but we each have a wide range of obligations and responsibilities in our daily routines. Nevertheless, we still manage to find time and energy to carry out our zero budget projects – most recent ones focusing on “preventive aspects of psychiatric education” and “place of psychiatry in medical curricula”. There are a few others as well.
The concept of “active membership” helped to create improved communication and increased sharing of observations and experiences in the Section. We are keen to extend that networking to other sections, recognizing that the educational component is essential to all WPA Sections and that intersectional collaboration is of paramount importance (as was emphasized at the Section Chairs meeting in Prague).
Recently we held two intersectional symposia (with the Section on Preventive Psychiatry and the Section on Psychiatry, Medicine and Primary Care at the WPA International Congress in Prague, in addition to our Sectional symposium and several individual contributions by our members.
We also contributed to the first European Social Psychiatry Congress in Geneva (June 2012) with two symposia and have plans to do so at the World Association of Social Pychiatry meeting in Lisbon (July 2013), focusing on public education and education of primary care workers.
A forum on “Undergraduate Medical Education – Role of Psychiatry”, with the participation of Section Chairs and members of our Section is being prepared for the WPA Regional Congress in Bucharest (April 2013).
Furthermore, we are working together with early career psychiatrists. At the WPA International Congress in Istanbul (June 2013), our aim is to focus on the academic future of the early career psychiatrists – through symposia, courses and a forum. We already have more than 25 % of our members in the Section composed of early career psychiatrists (two of them, being members of the Section Committee). We want to increase that percentage by constantly recruiting new young members from developing areas of the world, realising that working closely with the early career psychiatrists is of vital importance to the future of psychiatry anywhere in the world. We are planning to benefit from the globally acknowledged expertise of our distinguished colleagues in the Section, as leaders and mentors for the early career psychiatrists both at face to face meetings and via the internet.
We therefore would like to invite early career psychiatrists from particularly developing areas of the world to join and contribute to the work of our Section on Education in Psychiatry.
Chair, WPA Section on Education in Psychiatry