How to Succeed in Psychiatry - A Guide to Training and Practice
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Aimed at recently qualified psychiatrists or those looking to qualify soon, How to Succeed in Psychiatry is not a source of clinical information but a survival guide to help you through the first years practising psychiatry.  This book covers the topics you won’t find in standard textbooks.  It deals with daily problems and practical solutions for young psychiatrists. Psychiatric training is less team based than other specialties, so there is less opportunity for learning from colleagues than one would expect: this book helps to fill that gap.

The book opens with an overview of psychiatry training, describing the similarities and differences among various countries.  Subsequent chapters address the opportunities for research and how to publish the results.  Psychotherapy and community psychiatry each merit their own chapter on training.   

Next, the book guides you through the transition phase into a job, discussing opportunities in both the public and private sectors and considering how to choose the best career for you.  It reviews important general considerations, such as ethics, professionalism, leadership and management, how to avoid stress and burn out, and how to liaise with other specialties.  The book closes with an account of the role of psychiatry associations and continuing professional development.

Written by early career psychiatrists from around the world, this book provides invaluable first-hand experience to all those wishing to embark on a career in this exciting discipline.

  • Practical tips for young psychiatrists starting their careers on the wards or in private practice
  • Advice on the transition phase at the end of training, career choice and job opportunities


 Dr. Andrea Fiorillo obtained his MD at the University of Naples with honours in 1997.  He undertook his post-graduate training in psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN and obtained his PhD in Behavioural Sciences in 2004. He is now Aggregate Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, teaching Social Statistics, Social Psychiatry, Psychopathology of impulse control disorders, Psychiatry and Research Methodology in Psychiatry.   Dr Fiorillo has been a visiting psychiatrist at the University of Birmingham, UK, the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA, and Queen Mary University College of London, UK. He has participated in several national and international multicentric studies on social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. He served as President of the Italian Association for Training in Psychiatry (Conferenza Italiana per la Formazione in Psichiatria - CFP) from 2000 to 2007; President of the Italian Association of Young Psychiatrists from 2007 to 2010; and as a member of the Executive Committee of the European Psychiatric Association - Early Career Psychiatrists' Committee from 2005 to 2007.  He was also co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the European Psychiatric Association - Early Career Psychiatrists' Committee from 2007 to 2010. Dr Fiorillo is currently Chair of the Executive Committee of the European Psychiatric Association - Early Career Psychiatrists' Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the Early Career Psychiatrists Council of the World Psychiatric Association, as well as Area Coordinator for Europe I. He is the author and co-author of more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals on social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, and of several book chapters on the same topic. He is editor or co-editor of six volumes in the psychiatric field.

 Dr Iris Calliess started her training in psychiatry in Switzerland and continued at the Freud-Institute in Frankfurt, Germany and in Berlin. Since 2001 she has been affiliated with the Medical School of Hannover, Germany, where her training in psychiatry was completed, accompanied by an academic specialization in the field of transcultural psychiatry and psychotherapy. She was Founding Member and Chair of the Young Psychiatrists Committees in the German Psychiatric Association (2003-2009) and within the European Psychiatric Association (2005-2011). She is currently head of the research group for transcultural psychiatry and psychotherapy and of a specialized outpatient consultation service for migrants with mental disorders at Hannover Medical School. In addition she is affiliated as a researcher with the Institute for Standardized and Applied Hospital Management at Hannover Medical School.

Professor Henning Sass is currently Medical director and chairman of the Board of the University Hospital of the University of Technology, RWTH Aachen, Germany. He trained at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Heidelberg. He then held the Chair of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Munich and of General Psychiatry at the University of Technology in Aachen. As a professor of psychiatry he was head of the German Society for Psychiatry (DGPPN) in 1999/2000 and of the "European Association of Psychiatrists" (EPA) in 2005/2006. He is editor or co-editor of various scientific journals, e. g. "Der Nervenarzt", "J Behav. Sciences and the Law" and "ZPPK". He serves on the Board of the "Association of Medical faculties in Germany" (MFT) and is also Consultant of the German Ministry for Science, Education and Technology in Berlin (Gesundheitsforschungsrat des BMBF). His research includes psychopathology, personality disorders and forensic psychiatry.


List of contributors vii

Preface xi

1 Training in psychiatry today: European and US perspectives 1
Martina Rojnic Kuzman, Kajsa B. Norstrom, Stephanie Colin, Clare Oakley and Joseph Stoklosa

2 How to start a research career in psychiatry 18
Domenico Giacco, Mario Luciano, Sameer Jauhar and Andrea Fiorillo

3 Publications in psychiatry: how to do and what to do 36
Amit Malik and Gregory Lydall

4 Training in psychotherapy: where are we now? 50
Clare Oakley, Larissa Ryan and Molly McVoy

5 Training in community psychiatry 64
Giuseppe Carr` a, Paola Sciarini, Fiona Nolan and Massimo Clerici

6 Why, what and how should early career psychiatrists learn about phenomenological psychopathology? 82
Umberto Volpe and Henning Sass

7 The psychiatrist in the digital era: new opportunities and new challenges for early career psychiatrists 98
Umberto Volpe, Michael Davis and Davor Mucic

8 Portrayals of mental illness in different cultures: influence on training 122
Joshua Blum and Sameer Jauhar

9 Recruitment of medical students into psychiatry 136
Adriana Mihai, Otilia Butiu and Julian Beezhold

10 Not quite there yet? The transition from psychiatric training to practice as a psychiatric specialist 147
Florian Riese, Virginio Salvi, Paul J. O'Leary and Corrado De Rosa

11 When things go wrong: errors, negligence, misconduct, complaints and litigation 161
Julian Beezhold, Stavroula Boukouvala, Nya Maughn and Kate Manley

12 New ways of working: innovative cross-sector care in a competitive mental health environment 182
Kai C. Treichel and Magdalena Peckskamp

13 Choosing a career in psychiatry and setting priorities 197
Joshua Blum and Andrea Fiorillo

14 How to collaborate with other specialties 211
Silvia Ferrari, Joshua Blum and Patrick Kelly

15 Where they need us. . . Opportunities for young psychiatrists to help in developing countries 236
Felipe Picon

16 Professional responsibility in mental health: what early career psychiatrists really need to know 246
Alexander Nawka and Gregory Lydall

17 The role of ethics in psychiatric training and practice 259
Cecile Hanon, Defne Eraslan, Dominique Mathis, Abigail L. Donovan and Marianne Kastrup

18 Coercive measures and involuntary hospital admissions in psychiatry 273
Valeria Del Vecchio, Andrea Fiorillo, Corrado De Rosa and Adriana Mihai

19 Mental health problems of early career psychiatrists: from diagnosis to treatment strategies 283
Nikolina Jovanovi´c, Julian Beezhold, Adriana Mihai, Olivier Andlauer, Sarah Johnson and Marianne Kastrup

20 Leadership, management and administrative issues for early career psychiatrists 296
Julian Beezhold, Kate Manley, Emma Brandon, Victor Buwalda and Marianne Kastrup

21 Why should I pay for it? The importance of being members of psychiatric associations 311
Andrea Fiorillo, Iris Tatjana Calliess and Domenico Giacco

Index 325


"The chapters are clearly and thoughtfully written, and cover a wide spectrum of administrative, organizational, and philosophical issues.  How to Succeed in Psychiatry is a welcome resource for those embarking on a career in psychiatry.”  (Asia Pacific Psychiatry, 1 March 2013)

“I will gladly use this book as a reference for residents and medical students.”  (Doody’s, 2 November 2012)

"The authors of How to Succeed in Psychiatry have named it a survival guide, bridging the gap between psychiatric training and clinical practice. The main parts of the book are written by those who still remember the transition; almost fifty early career psychiatrists from around the world. In twenty-one concise, informative and relevant chapters, it covers topics ranging from networking and stress management to scientific writing and career choice. The subjects are diverse but specific,in that they are all essential to consider before embarking into a career in psychiatry.

How to Succeed in Psychiatry is not a source of clinical information, rather everything except: It reviews nothing they told you at medical school, but offers all the tips and tricks your more experienced colleagues should have told you.I can warmly recommend this book to those who, in one way or another, see themselves as an early career psychiatrist." Read the full review here.
[Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 2012]