Young Psychiatrists' Opinion on the Activities of Indian Psychiatric Society: A Survey under the Aegis of Research, Education, and Training Foundation of Indian Psychiatric Society

By Grover, Sandeep; Sahoo, Swapnajeet et al. | Indian Journal of Psychiatry, May-June 2019 | Go to article overview

Young Psychiatrists' Opinion on the Activities of Indian Psychiatric Society: A Survey under the Aegis of Research, Education, and Training Foundation of Indian Psychiatric Society


Grover, Sandeep, Sahoo, Swapnajeet, Srinivas, Balachander, Tripathi, Adarsh, Avasthi, Ajit, Indian Journal of Psychiatry


Byline: Sandeep. Grover, Swapnajeet. Sahoo, Balachander. Srinivas, Adarsh. Tripathi, Ajit. Avasthi

Aim: The aim of the study is to assess the opinion of young psychiatrists (aged ≤45 years) about the various scientific activities of Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS). Materials and Methods: An online survey using SurveyMonkey electronic platform was conducted. Data of 350 participants were available for analysis. Results: The mean age of the participants (spread across 115 institutes/medical colleges) was 33.61 (standard deviation [SD] - 5.32) years and their mean number of years of experience in psychiatry including the training period was 8.25 (SD - 5.5) years. About 70% of the participants (n = 243) rated the current format of the Annual National Conference of the IPS (ANCIPS) to be 'good/very good,' and more than half of the participants agreed that the conferences at the zonal and state level help in enhancing the academic knowledge of the participants as well as such activities help in enhancing the social interaction among fellow colleagues. Among the various scientific sessions of the ANCIPS, workshops and guest lectures were rated as very useful by three-fifth of the participants. Regarding opinion in terms of changes required in the current format of the ANCIPS and other conferences/continuing medical educations (CMEs) being conducted by IPS, more than half to about two-third of the participants reported that having more hands-on workshops, having sessions like meet the experts, having mentorship programs, and more expert speakers from India will 'definitely' be useful. Majority of the participants expressed that reduction of concurrent sessions would be definitely be beneficial. In terms of modification of ongoing activities and introduction of new activities, about two-third of the participants expressed that having IPS supported travel fellowship programs within the country and abroad, having subject/topic-focused conferences, and starting online CMEs will be definitely be useful. Conclusions: The present survey reflects that there is a need to have more subject/topic-focused conferences/CMEs, need to introduce online CME activities, reduction of concurrent sessions during the conferences and strengthening the travel fellowship programs. All these can be considered as expectations of the young generation of psychiatrists from the organization like IPS, which should be duly considered while planning future conferences and CMEs.

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The Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) was founded in the year of India's independence (1947) at New Delhi and was registered at Patna in the year 1948. It is now one of the biggest psychiatric societies of the world with more than 5500 members.[1] Since its foundation, the IPS has been active in organizing annual conferences and continuing medical education (CME) programs. With the increase in the membership and formation of zonal and state branches, at present, many zonal and state conferences and CMEs are also held regularly for the benefit of the membership. One of the important objectives of the IPS is to promote mental health education among its members, other medical fraternity as well as in general public. In addition, the IPS has the objective of promoting research and to propagate the current developments in the field of psychiatry and mental health for its members and trainees.[1]

Currently, the IPS holds Annual National Conference of the IPS (ANCIPS) and National Midterm CME each year. Apart from these main events, various zonal/state CMEs are also conducted by zonal/state branches of IPS. Further, IPS also collaborates with other professional organizations such as the World Psychiatric Society to hold conferences in India. In addition to IPS, there are many other professional bodies of psychiatrists in India, such as Indian Association of Social Psychiatry, Indian Association for Geriatric Mental Health, Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and Indian Association for Biological Psychiatry, which also organize their conferences annually or biannually. …

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