Postgraduate training in psychiatry in Asia

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Abstract

Purpose of review

To understand the current situation, needs and challenges in the area of postgraduate training in psychiatry in Asia and identify implementable solutions.

Purpose of review

Leaders in psychiatric education from nine Asia Pacific countries prepared country reports, based on a suggested list of items and met for a day to discuss and identify implementable solutions to improve the current unsatisfactory status of postgraduate training in psychiatry.

Recent findings

Except Japan, all the other countries have a very low number of psychiatrists per 100 000 population – far lower than the global target of 10 psychiatrist per 100 000 population. The undergraduate teaching in psychiatry in majority of the countries is restricted to 20 h of lectures given during the 4–6 semester and 2–3 weeks of clinical ward placements. The duration as well as the overall quality of postgraduate training and methods of assessment and accreditation varies widely across and within countries.

Summary

Numerous gaps that need to be addressed to enhance the quality of psychiatrists trained in Asia were identified. There is a need to have uniform minimum standards of training and mechanisms of mutual support, for not only training but also academics and research activities in Asia.

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