April 2017
Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK

Pathfinder Fellowships from the Royal College of Psychiatrists provide an opportunity for medical students to develop their interest and prepare for their career in psychiatry. The Fellowships aim to support the next generation of psychiatrists to lead the profession into the future.

Students can apply in their penultimate year of study for the three year fellowship. Each fellow receives up to £5000 funding to help them develop their careers in Psychiatry. This funding covers Fellows’ attendance at the College International Congress and other College or Psychiatry related events, as well as forming a contribution towards their elective. Fellows are also paired with a mentor who offers advice and support throughout the Fellowship.  

When recruiting the 2017 Pathfinder cohort, we increased the number of fellowships available from 10 to 20 and were thrilled with the standard of applications received. This is the fifth cohort of Pathfinder Fellows and the students’ commitment and achievement continue to be impressive. 

In February, we welcomed the 2017 Pathfinders to the College for their inaugural dinner. Hosted by College President Simon Wessely and Tom Brown, the College’s Pathfinder Ambassador, the dinner marked the formal start of their time as Pathfinders. It also gave the Fellows the opportunity to get to know each other and to meet some of the senior physiatrists who will be working with them and supporting them over the coming years. 

Information about the Pathfinders Fellowship programme is at http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/discoverpsychiatry/studentassociates/prizesandbursaries/pathfinderfellowships.aspx 

Simon Wessely, President RCPsych address Pathfinder Fellows at the 2017 Pathfinder Inaugural Dinner.

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