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October 1965

Some Factors in the Choice of Psychiatry as a Career

Author Affiliations

Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Resident in Psychiatry (Dr. Nemetz) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Dr. Weiner).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(4):299-303. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730040009003

Introduction  THIS REPORT will discuss observations made on members of two classes in a medical school as they developed or continued an interest in psychiatry as a career. Eighteen percent of the students in the two classes and 20% of the first 400 graduates of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have entered psychiatric residency training.1 This unexpected and unexplained number stimulated interest in studying the choice of psychiatry as a career in this school. We recognize the limitations of this study in relation to general validity due to the special nature of the sample. No attempts are made to study or infer unconscious motivations for the student's bourgeoning interest in psychiatry or their choice of psychiatry as a career.As a background, it would seem appropriate briefly to describe the psychiatric curriculum in the medical school. One hundred and fifty hours are

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