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The first Oxford Psychiatry Autumn School was held on 16-18 September, at St Catherine’s College. Forty delegates attended from right across the UK, including Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and included medical students and foundation doctors.

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On the first day, the delegates were welcomed by the Head of Department Professor John Geddes, and briefed by some of the Department’s Principal Investigators on their current research and research strategy, before moving onto dinner in College Hall. On the second day they met the Chairman of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Head of Oxford School of Psychiatry, and the Director of Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School, before moving on to small group meetings with younger academics in the Department. In the afternoon, they visited a range of research facilities across Oxford, including the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity, the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain, and Clinical Research Facilities at the Warneford Hospital, John Radcliffe Hospital, and University Department of Experimental Psychology. Another fine college dinner was needed at the end of Tuesday. Finally, on the Wednesday, small groups met with Principal Investigators to discuss their career plans, and consider potential links with the Department. After lunch, some delegates continued their exploration of Oxford’s potential among its many museums and green spaces.

One of the delegates, Anna Taylor, a second year medical student from the University of Bristol, has blogged about the School here. Thanks Anna!

All those involved in delivering the School were impressed by the vigour, enthusiasm, and abilities of the delegates – thanks to all delegates for helping to make this event such a success. We will be hosting a similar School next year, again focused on those interested in a career in academic psychiatry, so please do pass the word around.

Jonathan Price