IU med school to train more psychiatrists

The Indiana University School of Medicine is increasing the number of psychiatrists it trains each year, with support from more than $4.7 million in grant funding.

The money, from Lafayette-based North Central Health Services, will allow the medical school to increase the number of general psychiatry residents admitted into the program each year from six to eight.

It will also allow the school to add a resident each year who is trained in adult, pediatric and adolescent psychiatry, and to create a fellowship position that provides advanced training in a highly specialized area, such as addictions or geriatric psychiatry.

More than 50 percent of Indiana counties are without a single practicing psychiatrist. Statewide, the number of psychiatrists is half the national average.

“There is a very clear and pressing need for more psychiatrists in many areas of the state,” said Dr. Thomas McAllister of the IU School of Medicine.•

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